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Wade earned anthropology and botany degrees from Harvard as well as a PHD in ethnobotany. He is a best-selling author, photographer, high-priced lecturer, has had chairs at Oxford and Cambridge, and became on of only 8 Explorers-in-Residence with the National Geographic Society and was named "Explorer for the Millennium." Wade makes trips to the edges of the world but lives with his wife Gail Percy on Bowen Island in B.C.
Imagine having truly a complete picture of humanity, having spent a lifetime experiencing hundreds of world cultures first hand, face-to-face and welcomed by each one of them. The result would be an extraordinary vocabulary of the human spirit like no other. A celebration of our differences brought to life through an enormous voice, studded with the poetry of each unique cultural experience. Wouldn’t that voice be more important to listen to than anything else you can imagine?
As giant Capitalistic cultures continue to assimilate and stamp out human diversity faster than all endangered species combined, and as these giants collide and become increasingly more homogenous— never has it been more important to step back and seek to understand and respect different people. To nearsightedly continue means irreversibly harming the treasure of human diversity.
I wish I could create an introduction for anthropologist Wade Davis that did him and his work justice but given the enormity and importance, I can't. He has spoken before audiences around the world, published dozens of books including the best-seller, “Serpent and the Rainbow,” and been interviewed by many people smarter than me. What I can say is that he will, in the incredibly short time of our conversation, take you not only around the world, but to space and back. He will begin to paint the picture beyond our cultural nearsightedness in a way that will stir your heart and open your mind. The best way to introduce Wade Davis is to listen.