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A guide to unleashing your potential and contributing to humanity
BY cHRIS BASHINELLI AND STEVE GUGLIELMO
hen chris Bashinelli was 20 years old, he had the opportunity to go to Tanzania
as part of a study abroad program. During his time in Tanzania, he worked at
a community center in the town of Magi Ya chai. While there, chris visited an
orphanage where he noticed two small children chasing a dog. concerned that
the children would get lost, chris followed them but eventually lost track of them. Not being fluent
in Swahili, chris returned to his group and told his Kenyan teacher, Mwagi, about his concerns
for the children. The teacher told chris not to worry, that in Tanzania people had a community
mindset and looked out for one another. A few minutes later, the children reappeared with the dog.
This trip was a life changing experience for chris, who was, at the time,
a successful actor, having appeared
in HBO's The Sopranos. When chris
returned from the trip, he decided
to create a documentary that would
show the beauty of Tanzania and its
people. That documentary, entitled
Bridge the Gap, ultimately led to a
series of similar documentaries aimed
at showing the commonalities of the
Through his experiences, chris has
learned the importance of being, what
he calls, a global citizen.
"Global citizenship essentially comes
down to a very simple idea of connecting with our passion and using that passion to serve others," says Bashinelli.
Through his Bridge the Gap series
and his work as a global citizen, chris
has traveled to more than 30 countries.
He has trained with Mongolian herdsmen, walked for clean water in Haiti
and harvested buffalo in Pine Ridge.
And in all of his travels, chris has
found one thing to be universally true.
"The people that I've seen that are
the most successful, both in business
and in life, are the people that genuinely care about others and do their
best on a daily basis to find out what
their skills are, or what they have
access to, that they can use to benefit
their communities," he says. "That's
everywhere in the world, whether it's
on top of a mountain in Mongolia or
right inside your office."
Being a Global Citizen
Another thing that chris learned
throughout his travels is that being a
global citizen does not require you to
give up your possessions and travel the
world to volunteer. You can be a global
citizen in your everyday life.
"The words 'global citizen' can be
changed to 'good person' or 'kind
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Member Profile
Teamwork and Personal Accountability
Exhibitors' Showcase Product Guide and Floor Plan
Six C-Level Cyber Blunders (And Solutions)
What to Look Forward to in 2016
How to Build a sense of Community for Your Business
Women Mean Business
What's Your Exit Strategy?
Creating Great Customer Experiences: Why, How and Why Now?
Turning Near Misses into a Winning Safety Environment
Too Much of a Good Thing
Matuson's Sixteen Workplace Predictions for 2016
Spotlight on Association News
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016