Michael McCarthy

From 1992-97, Michael was founder and editor of Spare Change, a “homeless newspaper” for which he hired hundreds of street-involved people to tell their stories and sell newspapers on the street. This project sold a million copies, and led to him being given the Ethics in Action Award and profiled on national TV from coast to coast.

Since then, Michael’s writing has appeared in the Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Sun, The Province, North Shore News, Shared Vision, Business in Vancouver and many magazines in the United States. He has also written four books and is currently producing a TV series for and about the Rotary Club.

Michael’s videos about his “intentional travels” include the upcoming Journey to Dolpo, about his recent expedition to an extremely remote region of Nepal. There, with a Tibetan lama, he walked 500 miles over several 20,000-foot passes to rescue abandoned children living in the world’s highest inhabited villages – an adventure in which he was also captured by Maoist guerrillas.

Michael’s personal Web site – www.intentional-traveler.com – subtitled Journeys with Purpose and Meaning – features many similar trips to orphanages, clinics, schools and prisons. His column of the same name is published in Transitions Abroad Magazine, and his short story “Above Crystal Mountain” about his Nepalese trek was just published in Best American Travel Writing 2008. Many of his travel stories also appear in the Vancouver Courier.