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The first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is an internationally recognized expert in the emergent field of cultural intelligence – a dynamic, holistic system of knowledge and wisdom based on indigenous science.

Elizabeth’s keen insights and first-hand accounts from around the world have made her keynote addresses an inspiring call to action. A sought after speaker in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, her audiences have included: Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, TED, YPO/WPO, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian.

Dr. Lindsey is an advisor to world leaders and global institutions serving on such boards as the Tibet Fund for his Holiness the Dali Lama and the United Nations Ambassadors’ Islands First. In 2010 she received the Visionary Award from the United Nations for her contributions in intercultural engagement and understanding.

She’s preparing to sail on the voyaging canoe “Hine Moana” from Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands. And will be reporting from the ocean.

It’s About Time: Lesson From a Micronesian Navigator-Priest

Racing around to get the perfect shot filmed, a National Geographic Explorer learns a great lesson from the chief of a tiny island.

A Gathering of Wayfinders of the Pacific

National Geographic’s 2012 Explorers’ Symposium ended yesterday.  It was a mind-bending, week-long exploration fest.  Yet, despite the most daring and innovative presentations illustrating the technology and development of the metropolitan world (and there were many), I couldn’t help but reflect on the brilliance of native cultures from the world’s most remote regions. Consider this: before…