In 1999, EugeneGuribye found a kilo of cocaine washed up on the shores of a beach in Galapagos National Park. This was to be the start of a long journey that would eventually lead to the establishment of the first beach clean-up organization in Southern Norway on the other side of the globe.
EugeneGuribye is a social anthropologist and Research Professor at NORCE and is a leading expert on how people collaborate. He has conducted fieldwork among eco-pirates in the Galapagos islands, refugees in Greece and homeless sex workers in Norway. EugeneGuribye is a social anthropologist and Research Professor at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and is a leading expert on how people collaborate across sectors and backgrounds to come up with solutions to difficult issues. He has conducted fieldwork among eco-pirates in the Galapagos islands, refugees in Greece, homeless sex workers in Norway, banned NGOs in Sri Lanka, and in many other settings. His work has revolved around action research contributing towards better solutions to complex problems. After participating in a beach clean-up trip in Galapagos in the late 1990’s, he has also been engaged in forming an NGO working against marine plastic pollution in Raet National Park in Norway. He is also a music producer and performing musician who has worked with various Norwegian artists. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx