What does it mean to be human?

The Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins department chose change as a defining human characteristic:

Humans Change the World.

We hear all the time about the negative changes wrought by humans on the world.

But humans can change the world in positive ways as well.

Australian Alistair Farland exploring the Muir Woods, CA. (Read more about Alistair HERE.)

Australian Alistair Farland exploring the Muir Woods, CA. (Read more about Alistair HERE.)

We believe exploration is one of the most important positive catalysts for change, as well as a defining human characteristic: to explore one’s identity, community, or world is intrinsic to being human.

When we explore, we come face-to-face with strangers, with challenges, with fears.

When we explore, strangers become friends, challenges find solutions, fears are confronted, and we learn who we really are.

We see how others live, what challenges they face, how resources are distributed, and . . .

Just how big and fragile our planet really is.

Alistair photo.jpg

The Change Your World Fund

The Change Your World Fund was established to honor the memory of Alistair Farland (1990 – 2014).

Al, as the 24-year-old Australian was known to his friends and family, believed in the power of exploration to change things.

He wanted to inspire his generation to explore their world and impact their society. He believed that "pushing yourself out of your comfort zone" is one of the keys to life.

In just a short while—a few months into his overland motorcycle journey exploring the Americas—he made dozens of friends and inspired many to think beyond themselves. Although he died in an accident in fall 2014 on his journey, his passion and inspiration did not.  (Read more about Alistair HERE.)

In collaboration with the Farland family and Overland Expo, we have launched the Change Your World Fund to support people like Alistair whose overland journeys and projects go beyond the “me” and seek out strangers and challenges.  

NEWSFLASH! Please read about our first grantee here!

 

Timeline: One grant cycle per year; applications are open now and close December 31. Winner is announced in early 2017.

Awards: One or more excellent applications will be chosen to receive travel and / or project grants from $1,000 to $5,000 USD.

Criteria: Applicant must have been born after 1984 and be at least 18 years old but no older than 35 at time of application. Please see below and application for specific criteria. 

 
 

Are you ready to

Explore Your World . . . and Change Your World?

 

We honor Alistair’s memory by supporting travel and / or travel related projects of Millennials, those born since 1984 and are at least 18 now. Supported projects and / or journeys will:

  • Inspire exploration;
  • Demonstrate initiative and self-reliance;
  • Include an element of giving back whilst traveling.

Do you meet these criteria?

What are you waiting for then—

 

The Details:

Before applying, please ensure you understand and meet the other parameters of the fund:

- Eligible applicants may be from any country;
- Either a journey or inspirational project (book, film, or other creative work) will be considered (can be both a journey and a project);
- Overland journeys must include long-distance travel that goes beyond borders (our aim is to encourage people to expand their horizons and journey outside their own countries as well as comfort zones);
- Overland journeys by motorcycle or vehicle will be preferred but other modes will be considered;
- Solo journeys will be preferred but others will be considered;
- Projects or journeys must show matching support through funding or in-kind contributions;
- Projects or journeys must be well into planning or execution stage, with detailed timelines and logistics already underway if not already already in journey mode;
- Projects or journeys must include a detailed, thoughtful budget;
- Funds could be used for travel expenses or project expenses (but excluding vehicles / motorcycles);
- If awarded, funds may be given in performance-measured distributions to ensure goals are met;
- One or more projects or journeys may be chosen for support each year.
 

 

ConserVentures relies on the contributions of businesses and like-minded travelers to make this fund happen. If you are not eligible to apply for the fund, please consider donating to help a young traveler experience and change their world. 

 

 


Current Change Your World Fund Donors and Supporters

 

EXPLORER LEVEL: 
(up to $1000+)

ADVENTURER LEVEL: 
(up to $500.00)

CHALLENGER LEVEL:
(up to $100.00)

 

Change Your World Fund Donors and Supporters Archives

 

Overland Expo 2016 EAST

EXPLORER LEVEL: 
(up to $1000+)

ADVENTURER LEVEL: 
(up to $500.00)

CHALLENGER LEVEL:
(up to $100.00)

 
 

Overland Expo 2016 WEST

EXPLORER LEVEL: 
(up to $1000+)

ADVENTURER LEVEL: 
(up to $500.00)

CHALLENGER LEVEL: 
(up to $100.00)

 

Overland Expo 2015 EAST

EXPLORER LEVEL: 
(up to $1000+)

ADVENTURER LEVEL:
(up to $500.00)

CHALLENGER LEVEL:
(up to $100.00)


Mallory Paige and Baylor the dog riding off into the sunset. Operation Moto Dog is the recipient of the first Change Your World Fund grant.

Mallory Paige and Baylor the dog riding off into the sunset. Operation Moto Dog is the recipient of the first Change Your World Fund grant.


All other images, Alistair Farland.  (Read more about Alistair HERE.)