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Deb Gilbertson

Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

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Overview

  • 6 Positive References
  • Fluent in English
  • 56, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Innovation consultant
  • Teach innovation at university
  • From Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Foster global unity

ABOUT ME

I get crazy ideas about how I want to make a difference - and then set up projects to do it. If we are going to solve our world's challenges we need global leaders who can think and act globally so I set up and run the Global Enterprise Experience (www.geebiz.org) which has had participants from 64 countries practice being global leaders. I want universities to be action learning and fun so set up programmes like Export Bridge, governments to be innovative so set up Te Kaihau Ltd (www.windeaters.co.nz), schools to use project learning (www.projectlearning.org), transform ideas about ADHD (www.kohutu.co.nz), and get students to create world changing projects or help those who are (www.contrustuganda.org).

Life is great. We live in paradise on 20 acres just outside New Zealand's capital city. It is a little stud with a palomino stallion, a few goats and sheep. We have had about 200 travellers from round the world stay with us under the wwoof scheme.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe everybody has extraordinary potential to make a positive difference. As a university teacher and business consultant I see it as my role to unleash the potential in the people whose lives I touch. Learning things has little impact, but learning to BE is so powerful.

I am a Baha'i, so believe that all of the religions are successive chapters of one religion from God. The current revelation is to create the unity of mankind - we will get there eventually but we will probably achieve it through hardships that remind us why unity and spiritual values are better pathways than discord and rampant materialism. I love couchsurfing because it is a brilliant initiative to fostering unity in diversity.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

We have had about 200 young travelers stay in our home, but we are taking a break from taking guests at the moment to catch our breath.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I couchsurfed in Thailand, India, Jordan and Israel

Interests

Changing the world Sustainable environnment Agriculture Entrepreneurship ADHD / Da Vincis Travel Horses Scenar (a brilliant Russian health technology) Alternative medicine Innovation Quantum physics Global citizenship Baha'i Faith

Music, Movies & Books

Films - Lord of the Rings, In the Sticks, Whale Rider, The Man from Snowy River, Shakespeare in Love, The World's Fastest Indian, Amazing Grace

Books - Harry Potter series, Guns, Germs and Steel, The Tipping Point

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I am 52 years old (and still got my own teeth and don't need a zimmer frame yet to walk!). We bought a quarterhorse stallion that was barely handled and I am slowly breaking him in.

Teach, Learn, Share

The things I most often find myself sharing are:

* Visualisation - helping people to be inspired and energised by their dreams of what they want to do with their lives

* Scenar - this is a medical device built by the Russians for cosmonauts to take into space to heal everything without needing a doctor, hospital or pharmacy. It is in every Russian ambulance, hospital and Olympics team, and just starting to come into the west. This little device is so effective that every day friends and others turn up to our home to fix their health

* Business development - I have worked on 2500 new ventures and love chewing through ideas on how to make ideas happen

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Botswana, China, Fiji, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

New Zealand

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