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A SMALL FOOTPRINT

Isabelle Alexandrine Bourgeois,
nomadic journalist, initiator of the project

I was born on the 28 April 1966 in Washington DC in the United States, of a Swiss father who was a diplomat and a mother, descendant of watchmakers including Abraham Louis Perrelet (1729), inventor of the self-winding watch.

I graduated with a degree in Political Science at the University of Geneva in 1990 and a Swiss licence for journalism in 1991.

A free electron

For 25 years, I have been a freelance journalist in Switzerland and abroad for television, print, radio and through my blogs. I quickly left the mainstream media to share a more personal version of the news reports as a result of my experience at the ICRC.

Delegate of the International Red Cross (ICRC)

I was Delegate to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Kosovo (2000), Ethiopia (2002), Iran (2003), Iraq during the war (April 2003) and Tunisia (Zarzis, summer 2011). From 2004 to 2008, I was Editor-in-Chief of the ICRC magazine "Avenue de la Paix" and the magazine "Les 4 saisons d'Anniviers". My experience in the midst of conflict has allowed me to realize that the media did not always faithfully report what was happening on the ground and that there was a form of manipulation of consciences by omitting what was happening there. positive.

Birth of Planetpositive

In September 2003, I created an association and a website of information that generates hope, www.planetpositive.org.

I have lectured extensively on the creative power of media and constructive information. I have also offered several training sessions on the ability to perceive beauty in all its forms and on resilience. As a trained family councillor according to the method of Bert Hellinger, I have also given individual consultations for several years.

First World March for Peace

In 2009, I had the opportunity to participate in the first World March for Peace and Non-Violence as a volunteer reporter-reporter, spokesperson for the media, covering a course of 160'000 km from New Zealand to Argentina. With the core team of 20 participants of all nationalities, I crossed more than 75 countries and met seven presidents including the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in New York on 2 December 2010. I powered a blog and shot sixty videos about the event (a new edition is currently being prepared for 2019).

Meeting with a guerrilla

The highlight of this march was the unexpected meeting with the kidnapper of my father, then ambassador of Switzerland in Colombia in 1984.

In 2011, wanting to go from information to informACTION, with my Tunisian colleague Marouen Zaara, I created Planetpositive Action Sarl, an invitation to travel to "dream useful", to promote intercultural dialogue and the sharing of know-how on both sides of the planet in a spirit of mutual aid.

I have always been convinced that being close to beauty generates kindness.

After years of travel, reporting and missions around the world with the creation of a strong network of international humanitarian partners, I now wish to work for the benefit of human progress through a collective fraternity.

Publication of a travel guide

In February 2013, I published "42 extraordinary trips and solidarity in the world" (Editions Favre). The book meets a great recognition from the public and widely relayed in the media.

Member of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Corps

In 2015-2016, I leave 4 months in Rabat, as an expert in communication at the Embassy of Switzerland and Swiss Cooperation. I make documentaries on the activities of Switzerland in Morocco. I also organized study tours for representatives of the press, opinion leaders and representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior.

For two years now, I have been working on the preparation of this new personal adventure, Joy for the Planet, the dream of my life.
Isabelle

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