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Tribe Wanted: My Adventure on Paradise or Bust [Kindle Edition]

Ben Keene
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Book Description

Paradise or Bust is the fascinating adventure story of Tribewanted, a revolutionary eco-tourism project founded by twentysomething Ben Keene.

As featured in the BBC documentary series, Keene's story follows the ups and downs of a global online network of like-minded travellers and an indigenous Fijian community as they attempt to build a new life on a 200-acre island in the South Pacific. All major decisions on the island are voted on by an online tribe that anyone around the world can join.

There are many challenges to overcome. A fire sweeps the island, a military coup (delayed until the end of a rugby match!) brews on the mainland, and a tropical cyclone threatens to wipe out the emerging village. Online there are other storms to fight, as accusations of scam artistry, tribal politics and the regular grind of debates and decision-making among Tribewanted's 1000+ members push the adventure and the business to the very edge. But in the end, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, they might just build their paradise...

Now a major 5 part series for transmission on BBC2 in winter 2008.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4520 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RDVPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transition Tourism 4 Feb. 2008
By nommo
Well - where to start?!

You may have been watching the BBC2 documentary about this and mistaken it for a 'reality TV' format. It isn't - and this book gives you the low-down on how, why, where, who and when this amazing concept came about, and how - despite seemingly insurmountable challenges, that it has come to fruition (and long may it fruit!).

I have always dreamed of doing something like this. Something with purpose and with meaning, and the book has been very inspirational recently when I start to think "I am getting too old/tired for putting the world to rights" Reading the book (in 2 sittings!) reminded me not to give up on my dreams just because they seem too good to be feasible. The answer - obviously - is to put your idea to the tribe and if they vote on it - go and make it so with their help.

The very last line of the book is the only question I am trying to answer now.

"What part will you play?"

A really good, positive and inspiring read. Definitely one to take with you while you travel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of an Internet-age pioneer 13 Sept. 2008
Documenting a year in the life of a genuine Internet-age pioneer, this was my summer holiday reading for 2008.

Ben Keene took a fantastic pitch of "5000 people. 1 unique tribe. 1 Fijian island. A tribe is wanted!" and made it more-or-less a reality. This is his story.

The author leased the island of Vorovoro, and launched an online community, where by joining and paying a fee, members of the "online tribe" could spend a week on the physical island helping the residents develop their island in tune with the island's traditions and culture. Every week different members would arrive with differing skills, while online a democratic process of votes among members across the globe would influence that development, always keeping the core values of being eco-friendly and in-keeping with local traditions.

In his way during the year are major financial problems, a vindictive blogger who spreads suspicion online about the project possibly being a scam, a political coup in Fiji, and a major fire on Vorovoro. Oh, and the there's a cyclone! And all the time, different personalities come and go, logistical problems are aplenty, and online voting politics to hurdle.

While the book could have benefited from a proof-reader on occasion - more than once there are small words missing from sentences that spoil the flow of the narrative - it is nonetheless a fascinating first person account of a business and real-life adventure. The project was filmed for the BBC under the title "Paradise or Bust", but the book gives far more background and anecdote than could be covered on screen, and it is all the better for it.

If you doubt whether a website could be socially relevant to the real world, this book offers an account of how it can and was brought about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise or bust - a tribe members comments 28 Jan. 2008
An excellent [true] story about a revolutionary project encompassing both social networking & eco tourism.

Written in a first person style the overall writing style is candid in the extreme. Don't though be put off by this because the writing style is an almost perfect match to the unfolding plot.
The first 1/3rd + of the book describes the origin of the project & the business model that made it work.
These first few chapters are worthy of reading from the business perspective alone - although may cause some discomfort to readers that shun right wing politics.

One reaches chapter 13 before the project begins in earnest (when the first [western] tribe members arrive on the island) The plot dives into personality clashes - aided & abetted by an emergency situation after the first week.

Other disasters befall the project; adding a partial "thriller" dimension to the story line.

The storey line progresses to illustrate the integration of Fijian & western culture together with the strange beginning of the recent military coup in Fiji - all bound together with the overall pace of life in the region; otherwise known as Fiji time.

All in all, despite a monastic style in places, a stunning read - that could end up changing your own life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars what the book is all about 11 Jan. 2008
If you have been to Vorovoro to be part of the Tribewanted project, you will want to read Mr. Keene's account of how it all came about and see how the project evolved; if you have not been to Vorovoro, then you will most likely book to come as soon as you have read this book!
This is the account of one young man's attempt to create a dream; a non-intrusive way to visit and experience Fiji without risking becoming part of the ongoing build up of invasive tourism which often wipes out the native culture and changes the face of a country. A dream in which Mr. Keene has successfully involved the Mali tribe of Fiji and 1,300 people to date from around the world; the dream is ongoing...........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tribe Wanted 15 Feb. 2011
By Sharon - Published on
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A great documentary on Ben's concept of creating a self sustaining community. He has expanded from Fiji to a additional tribe on the coast of Africa. I went to the island and had a chance to experience his idea first hand. It was one of the best experiences in my life. I wished I had his book in hand when I met him there. When I reread this book it's like experiencing it all over again. Buy the book and then experience the adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Project and Story 12 Feb. 2008
By Ryan William Nohea Garcia - Published on
Couldn't put this book down - What a story. In a world where most of us fail to attempt anything bold, exciting or different it is refreshing to read of an entrepreneur who does so half the world away in a profoundly unique, intact Polynesian culture. Great pictures, too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 1 Jun. 2012
By Charles Miller - Published on
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I have met Ben and was able to hang out with him on Vorovoro. My wife and I went there for our honeymoon. We were part of Tribe Wanted. IWe had a great time and Ben is able to describe the paradise we had there.
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