Kim Lisagor Bisheff teaches journalism and writes about media and philanthropy. Her latest book is Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them.
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Disappearing Destinations uncovers the true dangers posed to 37 of our most beloved geographical wonders. Here we reveal five of these locations, with excerpts from the book adapted slightly for Away.com by authors Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen.
It’s a mistake many do-gooders make at some point in their philanthropic lives: They come up with a fundraising idea that sounds like so much fun, they don’t stop to consider whether it’s worth the effort. Months later, they’re left with burned-out volunteers, disgruntled club members, and scant profits.
I’m sitting on the floor of a thatch hut in the middle of a Malaysian jungle, when the tribal chief hands me a small cup of yellowish liquid. I don’t know what it is, but I’m pretty sure there will be intestinal consequences if I drink it. The friend who brought me there shoots me a look that says the consequences of refusing it will be worse. So I drink. ...