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Introducing Nora Livingstone

What do you do when you have a thirst for travel and adventure, as well as a heart for the welfare of animals? You start a business. At least that is what Nora Livingstone did.

Back in 2012, Nora was approached by her veterinarian friend about starting a business that would link ethical animal groups around the world to people interested in lending a helping hand. Nora jumped at this opportunity despite a lack of experience in business because it fulfilled her lust for adventure and altruism.

Together they founded Animal Experience International. Their goal was to be asked by organizations helping animals around the world to find helping hands, and the way to gather people was by building trust. One great way to establishing trust was a B Corp designation on their business that would prove they are ethical and they are truly helping the animals and the communities surrounding them.

Nora’s top tip for new entrepreneurs is the power of “the ask”. There are so many people that are willing and able to lend assistance if you just open the doors to your world. This philosophy has allowed Nora to have a confidence that if she doesn’t know the answer to problem, that through her network she will eventually figure everything out.

 

In this episode

  • Nora tells us about just a few of the experiences she has had around the world helping countless types of animals.
  • Nora tells us the importance of knowing whether your volun-tourism operator is ethical and justice-focused.
  • We hear how becoming a B Corp has given Animal Experience International increased credibility with its customers.
  • Dave recounts an unfortunate snake farm tour.
  • We learn that AEI’s customers range from youth to the elderly.
  • Nora explains how adventure leads to the coolest opportunities.
  • She also tells us about the power of “the ask” and what it has meant for her and her company’s growth.
  • Greg appreciates Nora’s adventurous spirit and suggests that entrepreneurs treat their business with the same enthusiasm.
  • Dave likes the confidence Nora gains from admitting when she doesn’t know something, but is going to figure it out.

 

Links

Animal Experience International’s website

Animal Experience International’s Twitter

Animal Experience International’s Facebook

Animal Experience International’s Instagram

Nora’s Twitter

B Corp Website

Hemmings Houses’ “Melting Lands”

Melting Lands from Hemmings House on Vimeo.

 

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One thought on “Boiling Point – Episode 070 – Nora Livingstone

  1. Greg and Dave- Great interview with Nora. She’s an amazing person and I’m so proud of her. I must object though to the Dad joke sample and offer this in defence. The Dalai Lama walks into a pizzeria and says “Make me one with everything.” Meanwhile, in a bar across the street a priest, a minister, and rabbi walk in and the bartender says “What is this? Some kind of a joke?” And in the same saloon a few minutes later two peanuts were sitting at the bar – one was a salted. But seriously folks, Nora is an incredible person, a true light in the world.

    Nora’s Dad

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