Bringing National Geographic’s flagship event series to Asia

Why we are proud to partner with the iconic brand.

Behind every great National Geographic story is a storyteller who travels to the wildest places on earth to bring home epic tales of adventure and discovery. Imagine if you could meet those explorers face to face?

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films, and dynamic presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers — covering a wide range of topics including exploration and adventure, wildlife and habitat conservation, natural phenomena and relevant issues such as climate change. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration and education.

We are incredibly proud to announce that we are helping to bring the National Geographic Live series to Asia for the first time ever.

The Singapore series will feature two incredible speakers — David Doubilet and Bryan Smith on 25 August and 9 October 2014 respectively, with both events held at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

David Doubilet’s personal challenge is to create a visual voice for the world’s oceans and to connect people to the incredible beauty and silent devastation happening within the invisible world below.

“All underwater photographers are on front lines. We’re making pictures that have to astound, that have to open people’s eyes, that have to stop people, that have all the poetry, all the drama that a photo can encapsulate.

We may be making pictures of a time and a place that in the next two generations may not exist anymore and that is frightening.” — David Doubilet

Underwater photography legend David Doubilet on a National Geographic assignment in Antarctica. Photo courtesy Steve Jones.

Our second explorer, Bryan Smith’s goal is to very consciously use his filmmaking craft to elevate important stories that will invigorate and inspire us to probe our limitations, and entertain us in new ways.

“Exploration… this idea of using a craft to get out and see places that no one else sees. I realised that there was also this adrenaline component. All of a sudden, the tide switched from exploration to full on risk taking adrenaline.” — Bryan Smith

Adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith on a National Geographic assignment. Photo courtesy Reel Water Productions.

What is the purpose behind the event?

National Geographic Society aims to “to inspire people to care about the planet.” That’s a vision shared by us at Gone Adventurin’.

As a young social enterprise it’s an honour for us to work with such an iconic brand and enable them to inspire people across Asia. We feel that the message of caring about the planet has never been more important.

As the official on-ground partner, we have secured partnerships with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Quotient TravelPlanner. It’s wonderful to be working with local companies and universities, which we feel will play a big part in our systemic approach to tackling environmental challenges.

The first National Geographic Live in Singapore features David Doubilet in “Coral, Fire, & Ice”. On 25 August 2014 at Esplanade Concert Hall.

The event series is well aligned to our focus on using film and media to engage various segments of society through our projects. Images and stories are one of the most important ways to engage audiences emotionally and drive behaviour change.

Our dream is that as the series grows across Asia, we will see more young explorers coming from Asia who will work together to create collaborative inspiring solutions for this planet’s pressing challenges.

We hope to see you there!

Ashwin Subramaniam — C0-founder & Projects Director, Gone Adventurin’

Ashwin Subramaniam

Firmly believe that companies can unlock great business opportunities in tackling social and environmental challenges in their communities. Check out our story at www.goneadventurin.com or if you'd like to get in touch for a coffee or chat, email me at ashwin@goneadventurin.com. We'd love to hear your story.

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