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5 minutes with Ian Cumming – Founder of Travel Massive

Ian CummingIan Cumming is the founder of Travel Massive, a community that connects thousands of travel insiders to meet, learn and collaborate at free events all around the world.

With a passion for travelling with purpose, Ian takes many an adventure around the globe, speaking at industry events and inspiring others with his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm.

1. What made you start up Travel Massive?

It was really started by accident (and luck) – I had moved to Sydney in 2010 and was staying in a hostel. I wanted to meet people in the travel industry so I used Twitter to organise a meetup for travel startups and bloggers. There were no co-working spaces back then – so I invited everyone to the rooftop of my hostel (the YHA on the Rocks). Six people came along and we all made new friends. The next month, we decided to meet again, and the group kept growing. And growing! I really had no idea that it would turn into a global community around the world – but my motivation remained the same as it is now – that when you bring people offline to meet in person, you can exchange knowledge and skills, motivate and support each other, and create amazing new partnerships and ideas.

2. Tell us about a day in your career that really stands out?

I don’t think there is one particular moment or day – every week hundreds of people in our community meet at events around the world, and I love seeing photos and videos shared by our chapter leaders and members. It really makes me realise what an incredible global community we are – and how many positive connections we’re making in the travel industry.

3. How many miles do you think you have clocked since you launched Travel Massive?

I can tell you exactly! 241 flights, 913782 km, 52 days in the air. That’s the equivalent of flying around the world 22 times!

4. Do you have a favourite place so far?

That’s really hard to answer as I find anywhere in the world an amazing place to visit. But I’d have to say that my homeland of Tasmania is still my favourite place – I’m happy to be a tour guide!

5. Where would you still love to go?

I want to go into space. Who knows if it will happen – maybe we’ll start a new Space chapter for Travel Massive? But until that happens, I’d love to explore anywhere that’s remote – many places in Africa, perhaps eastern Russia. Perhaps that’s in my DNA from having grown up in Tasmania!

And just for fun…

travel massive owner6. Where do you feel most at home?

In the water. I love scuba diving and snorkelling – so anywhere where I can dive and experience the ocean and beach!

7. What is your favourite song to sing at karaoke or in the shower?

I can’t sing to save my life!

8. The best meal you have ever cooked?

I caught a yellow-fin Tuna in Tasmania and had fresh sashimi on the boat. Does that count?

9. Most embarrassing moment?

Sleep waking on a plane. I took sleeping tablets on an international flight once, and woke up in the toilets at the back and didn’t know where I was. A fellow passenger told me I’d climbed over the back of my seat in my sleep! Since then I have a fear of sleepwalking on long haul flights!

10. Cheese or cake?


You can join Ian’s Travel Massive community over on Twitter: @travelmassive

Learn more about Travel Massive events in your area over on the Travel Massive website or on the Facebook page.

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Mark Speed BBC

5 mins with Mark Speed – Comedy Writer

Mark Speed’s comedy writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and appeared in newspapers as diverse as the London Evening Standard and The Sun. He performed his solo comedy, The End of the World Show, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and 2012.

He’s been writing novels since he was fifteen, and has an MA in Creative Writing from City University, London. In 1995 a chiropractor told him he’d never run again. He chose to give up chiropractors instead, and has since completed several marathons and a couple of Olympic-length triathlons. He has been diagnosed as a ‘polarity responder’. Read More

Marlon Kobacker 5 Minutes With

5 Minutes with Marlon Kobacker

A difference-maker in the field of renewable energy, Marlon Kobacker continues to develop new and innovative strategies for reducing operational business costs through environmentally sustainable solutions. Marlon Kobacker, the director of Sustainable Future Group, is widely respected for his role as an innovator in the renewable energy sector and brings more than 13 years of experience in sustainable building design when working with clients seeking to benefit from his company’s expertise in sustainable technology, finance, and advisory.

1. Tell us more about Sustainable Future Group’s mission and values.

We understand that businesses have different needs to consider, so our mission is to provide sustainable solutions designed with the short- and long-term needs of each individual business clearly in mind. In order to do so, we have made a commitment to our clients that ensures they will always have access to the most innovative and effective sustainable products and alternative energy solutions available.

2. What strategies do you rely on most to achieve your business goals?

Developing a sense of trust with our clients is absolutely critical, so we conduct ourselves in a manner that is always forthright, informative and honest. We then work to develop an ongoing relationship with our clients to ensure they get the greatest possible value from our services.

3. What is it about your business model that makes it so unique?

Sustainable Future Group is built upon a comprehensive service model in which we provide clients with advisory services along with technology and financing for the project.

4. Outside of your work with Sustainable Future Group, how have you raised awareness of the need for significant environmentally sustainable change?

Given the potential stakes involved in this global issue, raising greater awareness of the problems we face today — not to mention the ones will might face in the future — and the solutions already available to us has long been a goal of mine. I’ve written countless articles on the subject and recently published a book called “Removing the Capital Cost Barrier to Sustainable Building Design.”

5. What motivates you each day?

The work we do at Sustainable Future Group is so important for so many reasons, and I’ve always been motivated by the opportunity to make a difference through environmentally sustainable change.

And Just For Fun…

6. What is your favourite quote?

There are quite a few quotes from David Attenborough that I’d like to share, but this one is probably my favorite: “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

7. What is your favourite sport?

I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee the most, but there are several other sports I enjoy playing or watching.

8. What have you learned in the last week?

The last week has again reminded me that not only do you have to continuously strive for forward progress, but you also have to be vigilant against the possibility of a sudden regression as well.

9. When was the last time you felt nervous?

During the talks that led to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, there was a great deal of pessimism that an agreement could be reached at all, let alone accomplish enough to address global climate change. I was quite nervous throughout that process.

10. Who would you most like to meet (dead or alive)?

I’d like to meet either David Attenborough or Henry David Thoreau.

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You can also visit him over on Linkedin

5 minutes with Bentley Browning

5 Minutes with Comic Actor Bentley Browning

5 minutes with Comic Actor Bentley Browning Bentley Browning is a Stand-up Comic, Comic Actor and Professional Comedy Coach with a great reputation for bringing the best out of students.  His courses have gained widespread mass media exposure on major TV channels and many newspapers.

He regularly appears at public speaking events talking on the transformational power of comedy, how comedy techniques can get you media attention and how to kill the fears of public speaking. Read More