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What’s the value of choice?

We were sitting in a café in Paris, just after moving to London. We were drinking champagne, and contemplating whether to buy macaroons, or chocolate (or probably both) to bring back to our London apartment. And a memory flooded back of sitting in another ‘café’ – a makeshift tent, high in the Andes in Peru with the faces of 20 porters looking curiously at us. Read more

Looking back, looking forward

This New Year we’ve been reflecting on the journey of The Dragonfly Collective and why we set it up. It was back in 2011 that we first sat in a café and came up with the idea. We were working in a large NGO in Australia, and we were frustrated and restless. We were passionate about creating a world where everyone had the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else. We had an unquenched thirst for making a real impact. Read more

What makes us wealthy?

After Africa, Peru and Cuba, the Cayman Islands were a bit of a culture shock.

These three tiny little islands (known collectively as ‘Cayman’) are surrounded on all sides by countries in varying degrees of poverty – Cuba to the north, Central America to the west and south, and other Caribbean islands to the east. Yet because of its role as a tax haven, Cayman is incredibly well-off. Read more

Living in between

I’ve been trying to put my finger on what I loved about Tanzania. Was it the friendly and vibrant people? Was it the slow and relaxed pace of life? Was it the liveliness of the streets, always filled with movement and splashed with the bright colours of traditional dress and market stalls?

The more I thought about it, the more I realised that what I actually love is being in between. Read more

To conquer or collaborate?

Peru is a beautiful country. Old Spanish architecture sitting proudly overlooking perfectly manicured town squares. A gentle and welcoming local people, adorned with brightly coloured cloth, whose eyes are perpetually lined with the crinkles of a smile.

If it wasn’t for the old stone ruins sitting on the hillsides, and the ever present images of Machu Picchu in the shop fronts of bookstores and tour companies, it would be hard to imagine that this world was previously governed by the once proud and powerful Inca nation. Read more