Patrick Dowd

When you are young with dreams of going somewhere or doing something for the first time, grown-ups — be they mentors, parents, or mere passersby — have an immense power to encourage, embolden, and enable those dreams. Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of National Geographic Traveler, the iconic magazine he built over the course of 18 years, knew this power...

Today, in Washington, DC, the White House is hosting its first-ever White House Demo Day to spotlight entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and platforms for inclusive innovation designed to help them move forward. The Millennial Trains Project, which leads transcontinental train journeys for diverse groups of young innovators to explore America’s new frontiers, is one of...

A few months ago, two researchers from the Harvard Divinity School, Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile, asked to interview me for a report they were writing on a range of new organizations that they believed represented a sea change in millennial attitudes toward community, personal transformation, and — to my surprise — religion. The organization that I founded...

Tomorrow, a group of 25 millennial pioneers will embark on a retrofuturistic, crowdfunded train journey across America known as the Millennial Trains Project. Along the way, they will meet with local innovators, grow as leaders, and build trans-regional perspectives relating to their personal, professional, and creative interests. Instead of buying souvenirs, they will use 3D...

On Christmas Eve, a train packed with 400 young entrepreneurs will set out from Mumbai on a 15-day circumnavigation of India known as the Jagriti Yatra (“Journey of Awakening”). Along the way, they will meet with role models whose innovative social enterprises are contributing to India’s rise, and network with others who want to build...

On Christmas Eve, a train packed with 400 young entrepreneurs will set out from Mumbai on a 15-day circumnavigation of India known as the Jagriti Yatra (“Journey of Awakening”). Along the way, they will meet with role models whose innovative social enterprises are contributing to India’s rise, and network with others who want to build...