The Delights and Dangers of Tourism

You can listen to this article here: I have long been a huge fan and advocate of tourism, promoting it, working on branding ideas and creating programs for cities, islands and countries for years. I’ve handled PR for airlines, published inflight magazines, made post-crisis recovery programs (of which there have been too many in Indonesia-and

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The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Endures: An Interview with Janet DeNeefe

Listen to this interview with Janet DeNeefe on the ‘NOW! Indonesia with Alistair Speirs’ Podcast: Publisher Alistair interviews the Founder and Director of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Janet DeNeefe : This is a special interview with a lady who deserves a great deal of attention at the moment, somebody who has been a resident

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Sungai Watch Installs Momentous 100th Trash Barrier Protecting Bali’s Rivers

Whilst the island has been heavily preoccupied with the pandemic, Gary Bencheghib has remained focused on the thing that matters to him the most: protecting Bali from plastic pollution. In under a year, Gary and his organisation ‘Sungai Watch’ (river watch) have successfully installed 100 trash barriers on rivers all over Bali, helping to prevent

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Stella’s Child to Build a New Community Centre and They Need Your Help!

Since its inception, Stella’s Child has supported more than a thousand Indonesian youths with skills needed to succeed in life through workshops, skills training and job placement. Now, the Bali-based NGO has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a brand-new Community Centre that can accommodate the youth’s needs. Founded by Timothy J. Cameron in 2013,

Rainwater Harvesting: The Solution to Bali’s Water Crisis?

Bali is drying up. Over 60% of Bali’s watershed is dry. This is a story about how rainwater harvesting might just be the solution Bali needs to solve its water crisis, and how one food and beverage company aims to not only raise awareness on the island’s environmental challenges but also be part of this

Continued Community Action in Amed, A Forgotten Corner of Bali

With a struggling island economy, there are many people, communities and organisations currently in need. However, as more hands are raised in the developed areas, the calls for help from Bali’s rural fringes, like Amed, are being heard less and less. One of the most difficult parts of donating to charitable causes, especially now with

Ubud Artisan Market: Revitalising Community Spirit & Providing Opportunities for Local Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial spirit is a vital essence of the Balinese and Indonesian character. The foundation of preservation and self-empowerment, through this energy, creative and commercial opportunities are realised.  The Ubud Artisan Market, an initiative by Yayasan Mudra Suwari Sarasvati, the foundation responsible for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) and the Ubud Food Festival

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Is Bali Safe? Practical Thoughts for Domestic Travellers

In the last two to three weeks, Bali has enjoyed an increase in domestic tourism. This has been a mixture of post-Idul Fitri escapes, school holidays and perhaps some credit should be given to the Work from Bali campaign too. With this increased interest, I have had friends living in Jakarta (and other parts of

Humanising Mental Illness in a Taboo Culture

FAM Health Indonesia: Humanising Mental Illness in a Taboo Culture

In a society where the mere mention of mental illness is shunned, FAM Health Indonesia bridges the access between people and practitioners to foster a change in the way we talk about mental health, and make peace with the suffering that hides behind shame and ignorance. There are different types of mental healthcare but which

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Images of Paradise and the Exploitation of Bali

Mysterious images of a distant exotic island of the East Indies began circulating in Europe in 1920. During an era when Europe was reeling from the horrors of World War I and the fear of a communist revolution, the photos published in two volumes, ‘Bali’, caused a minor sensation. They struck a chord with disillusioned

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