A Tribe is Wanted...

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  1. 10 Yetis

    10 Yetis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    5000 people - 1 unique tribe - 1 real island. A tribe is wanted > tribewanted.com
    Two UK social entrepreneurs are looking for 5000 people to sign-up to tribewanted.com to form a tribe that will develop a sustainable eco-community on an island in Fiji that tribe members can then visit.

    Mark James and Ben Keene, both 26, have set up www.tribewanted.com to invite people to join a tribe by registering for one of the 5000 places available.

    When the 5000th member joins the tribe will be formed and will start to make important decisions by voting through the tribewanted.com community on key issues including: What will the tribe be called? Who will be the 12 Chiefs that lead the tribe? What kind of infrastructure will be required on the Island? What kind of Island activities and adventures should be introduced? What are the most environmentally friendly ways of building an island community? What will the tribe grow on the island?

    Mark had been reading Ben Fogle’s book about islands when the thunderbolt struck: Would it be possible to bring people together from all over the world through an online community to form a real life island tribe? Mark jumped onto MSN and told his mate Ben.

    Just 6 weeks later they had an agreement with a local Fijian chief, island landowner and its only inhabitant, Tui Mali, to work in partnership for 3 years with his neighbouring island tribe to build a sustainable island community.

    The plan is to create the world's first online and real life tribal community, providing an experience of a lifetime to its members whilst simultaneously helping local development projects in Fiji and without negatively impacting the environment!

    Membership to the tribe will be sold on a first come first served basis on tribewanted.com. Membership begins not when a tribe member joins but on the day the tribe is formed, the day the 5000th member joins. Tribe members will be able to reserve their stay on the island when the tribe is formed. There will be no more than 100 on the island at any one time. The joining fee will cover food and accommodation on the island for their period of stay, pick-up from the local airport in Fiji, and access to the tribewanted.com community throughout their membership.

    The money will also support local education and environmental projects in the island’s neighbouring villages. There are 3 types of membership to choose from:

    Nomads – 1 years membership of tribe + 7 nights stay on island> £120
    Hunters – 2 years membership of tribe + 14 nights stay on island > £240
    Warriors – 3 years membership of tribe + 21 nights stay on island > £360

    Speaking about Tribewanted Mark James commented,

    “The local tribal chief, Tui Mali, feared the worst for his land in terms of a massive hotel complex being built by some vast tour operator. I knew tribewanted had a chance not only to prevent this from happening but also to support him and the local villages in their own community projects. As part of the partnership, for example, we have agreed to financially support the local schools and provide boat engines for the fishermen as well as generating employment in the local communities.”

    Ben Keene, co-founder of tribewanted said,

    “Tribewanted offers people the chance to be part of a real life adventure where they can influence the development of the tribal community online before visiting the island itself. We have teamed up with Climate Care and are committed to offsetting all carbon emissions generated by the island community and we will be seriously encouraging all tribe members to offset their flight emissions to and from Fiji. We want to be the first ever climate neutral tribe!”

    He continued, “We want people from all walks of life with all kinds of skills and interests to join the tribe; from gap year students, career breakers and adventurous travellers to those with specific building, design and environmental skills to help develop the community. Having led development projects in Africa and in the South Pacific I can see the huge potential of this project for both the local Fijian communities and the newly formed tribe. This is an opportunity for a great partnership, a celebration of culture and life, and an adventure of a lifetime for all involved.”

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    Photo’s of the island, Chief Tui Mali, Mark and Ben are available upon request.

    For further information:
    Andy Barr, [email protected] 01452 300683 or,
    Ben Keene, [email protected] 0777 9726 170

    ‘Adventure Island’ is situated 25 minute boat ride off the north coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island.

    www.tribewanted.com
     
    Posted: Apr 3, 2006 By: 10 Yetis Member since: Nov 3, 2004
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  2. 10 Yetis

    10 Yetis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    anyone see the Metro today, page three, full page colour spread? :shock:
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: 10 Yetis Member since: Nov 3, 2004
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  3. creacom

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    Wow ! Well done to everyone involved. :D

    Sounds like a great adventure. Maybe we could send Jayne ?!

    Jacqui
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: creacom Member since: Oct 11, 2005
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  4. 10 Yetis

    10 Yetis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    eek!
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: 10 Yetis Member since: Nov 3, 2004
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  5. uksbc

    uksbc UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    only if there is satellite broadband for UKBF access :D
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: uksbc Member since: Nov 29, 2005
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  6. MarkPearson

    MarkPearson UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Well done Andy, nice bit of PR!
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: MarkPearson Member since: Jul 11, 2005
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  7. creacom

    creacom UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    * Putting on serious face now....

    Well done Yetis. Great work.

    Jacqui :D
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: creacom Member since: Oct 11, 2005
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  8. Magsite

    Magsite UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Sounds very interesting!

    Lisa
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: Magsite Member since: Oct 1, 2005
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  9. Jayne

    Jayne UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Nope, i'm not going. There's plenty of unexplored land here, they need my help. Think it's called Scotland :lol:

    Jayne :D
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: Jayne Member since: Aug 6, 2005
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  10. webit

    webit UKBF Ace Full Member

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    Very nice peice of work and great copy.
     
    Posted: Apr 5, 2006 By: webit Member since: Jul 13, 2005
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  11. 10 Yetis

    10 Yetis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    ha ha ha... watch skynews this morning!!!
     
    Posted: Apr 7, 2006 By: 10 Yetis Member since: Nov 3, 2004
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  12. DarrenC

    DarrenC UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Wow what an awesome idea!

    Andy, do you mind if I do a feature on this on www.travel-rants.com?

    Darren
     
    Posted: Apr 7, 2006 By: DarrenC Member since: Dec 9, 2005
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  13. 10 Yetis

    10 Yetis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Darren,

    No problem... would you like a chat with one of the two blokes who run it?

    They are two really nice guys who right now are trying to cope with the kind of media attention that sees me getting up at 2am to speak with Oz media... (he says nodding off).
     
    Posted: Apr 7, 2006 By: 10 Yetis Member since: Nov 3, 2004
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  14. Faith28

    Faith28 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Wow! What an exciting project. Well done!
     
    Posted: Apr 7, 2006 By: Faith28 Member since: Dec 2, 2005
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  15. DarrenC

    DarrenC UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Andy, I think I will be okay with the information I have on your press release, but if you could email me the photographs I can include that on the article.

    If you don't mind I'll use some of the detail in your press release?

    Darren
     
    Posted: Apr 7, 2006 By: DarrenC Member since: Dec 9, 2005
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  16. 10 Yetis

    10 Yetis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    cool... will get some pics over to your email address
     
    Posted: Apr 7, 2006 By: 10 Yetis Member since: Nov 3, 2004
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  17. Mwebb

    Mwebb UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    This is now every where. I have come accross it on some very unlikely websites. The guy who wrote purple cow, seth Godin, even mentions it on is blog.

    However Andy, you are now to blame for constant arguements between my girlfriend and I over why now is not a good time to sign up for this.....IE are you not happy "woman" that we spent 1 month in Fiji, only last November....if you weren't so good at your job, she would never have found it...I hold you totally responsible for all consequences...including me giving in and signing up!

    The invoice will be in the post (LOL)
     
    Posted: Apr 26, 2006 By: Mwebb Member since: Jan 6, 2006
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