Each week we highlight a different member of our community who inspires us. This week we’re showcasing: Nicky Yates!
We are proud to have Nicky as our Social Media Advisor. When she’s not giving us tips and tricks, she can be found behind her laptop at .
Current city or where you’re from: NYC
Tell us about you in 140 characters: I’m avid fan of social justice and a food & travel junkie. I love to literally stop & smell the flowers and attempt a marathon every year.
Why did you decide to join The Tribe? I previously worked with Becky, so I knew her passion and knowledge were unparalleled. When she started The Adventure Project, I loved its mission. It hit home to what’s important in this world- helping others in sustainable ways. And it helped focus on women as well, without being isolating. Aiding women is one of the quickest ways to help build up countries’ development, and it’s critical that we start seeing them as leaders in families and communities. Being a part of a group that is actively working to change the world through sustainable projects and entrepreneurship is something that I couldn’t refuse. It’s an incredible group of passionate people- everyday people who have decided they can do something to affect change. And that merits my attention and time. It doesn’t need to be all I do- I can give a little each day or week and be effective.
What’s a favorite book you couldn’t put down? The Princess Bride
What’s your theme song? Fight Outta You by Ben Harper
What’s your favorite piece of advice someone gave you? You are the change you want to affect. Be it.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? When I was 19, I took a trip to Kazakhstan for 3 months to do community development work. It was mind-opening. I saw such an amazing culture and learned such an incredibly amount about myself. It definitely was the second step to putting me on the path I’m on now.
What are you most passionate about? Currently, it’s economic inequality and the environment. I believe we are a very blessed country in many ways, but I also see where we’re going off course. And if we are going to be able to continue to send aid to other countries, we have to adjust our own path. There are numerous studies on how economic equality correlates to success in other areas, like healthcare, employment, education, birth mortality rates, and life expectancy. By ignoring this crucial issue and the trends that we’re seeing, we’re ignoring the health of this country. And part of that means looking at our environmental impact. We’re seeing increasing rates of species going extinct. We’re seeing increasing rates of climate change. We’re seeing drastic changes that we can’t undo later. As a global community, we need to band together to look at this serious issue. Each country has a responsibility, but all of us as a global entity need to work together, as we can’t do it alone.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? India is very high on my list right now.