Tourism's Future Leaders: Preparation for Responsible Leadership through Responsible Travel
By Louis D'Amore Founder & President, International Institute of Peace through Tourism | February 15, 2010
"Almost everything that is great has been done by youth" - Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister, Statesman and Author.
As I begin to write this article, North Korea has just proclaimed to the world its scientific achievement in successfully testing a nuclear bomb - serving as a reminder as to how events half way around the world affect us here in the United States and persons in other regions of the world. It also serves as a reminder of the challenges facing future leaders.
Speaking in the mid-1980's, the late Buckminster Fuller stated that the last 15 years of the 20th century would be a period when humankind would be taking its final exam.
One wonders - with the events of 9-11 in the first year of the new century - whether he would give us a passing grade.
Leaders of the 21st century will be shaping policies and making decisions as they live through and experience what will likely be the most significant paradigm shift in human history. A paradigm shift with key demographic, economic, ecological, and geo-political dimensions.