My speaking and workshop focus in 2012 is sharing stories about how to build a career around your passion – whatever your age or background.

My journey shows how you can turn a passion into a job, a way of life and so much more.  I share my story and those of others who have also turned their passions into successful careers and how today is as good an opportunity as any to begin.

“Everyone found Ben’s session and presence inspirational.”Dame Jo Williams DBE, Chief Executive, Mencap

“Ben Keene gave one of the best presentations I have ever seen on the ideas behind Tribewanted.” David McQueen, Speaker, Entrepreneur, TV Presenter

“The best speech at the conference by a mile.”Chris Cramer, ex-President CNN International

“Brilliant talk, brilliant structure, utterly relevant, captivated the students.” Malvern College


Ben has something of Richard Branson’s bounding, relentless enthusiasm - The Guardian

Speaking highlights

  • Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Chichester, March 2012
  • Malvern College, January 2012
  • Escape the City, ‘Build a career around your passions’ December 2011
  • Geotourism Summit, National Geographic, February 2010
  • Adventure Travel Live, Jan 2010
  • Escape the City Launch Party, Jan 2010
  • Barrow-in-Furness Young Professionals, July 2009
  • Striding Out enterprise event, June 2009
  • Tyne Tees Tourism Conference, Sunderland, November 2008
  • Leeds Met, Enterprise Week, November 2008
  • National Australia Group Conference, Leeds, October 2008
  • Mencap Annual Conference, Birmingham, June 2008
  • Launch Group Digital Marketing Event, April 2008
  • Kaos Pilots School, Rotterdam, April 2008
  • Global Social Enterprise Summit, Thailand, March 2008
  • World Events Annual Conference, Leeds, February 2008
  • Telegraph Adventure Travel Show, London, 2007 & 2008
  • Independent One Life Show, London, March 2008
  • Cambridge University Union, February 2008
  • Epsom College, Surrey, February 2008
  • CIA Cyberinfluence Conference, Las Vegas, October 2007


Media Highlights

Books/ Magazines/Print

Tribewanted in National Geographic

Online Blogs

As well as being shown on BBC2, Paradise or Bust was one of the first programmes to be launched on BBC’s i-player

Buy the BOOK

‘TRIBEWANTED‘ is the fascinating story of Tribewanted.com, a revolutionary eco-tourism project founded by twentysomething Ben Keene.

As featured in the documentary series, Ben’s story follows the ups and downs of a global online network of like-minded travelers and an indigenous Fijian community as they attempt to build a new life on a 200-acre island in the South Pacific. All major decisions on the island are voted on by an online tribe that anyone around the world can join.

There are many challenges to overcome. A fire sweeps the island, a military coup (delayed until the end of a rugby match!) brews on the mainland, and a tropical cyclone threatens to wipe out the emerging village. Online there are other storms to fight, as accusations of scam artistry, tribal politics and the regular grind of debates and decision-making among Tribewanted’s 1000+ members push the adventure and the business to the very edge. But in the end, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, they might just build their paradise…

“Couldn’t put this book down – What a story. In a world where most of us fail to attempt anything bold, exciting or different it is refreshing to read of an entrepreneur who does so half the world away in a profoundly unique, intact Polynesian culture. Great pictures, too!” Ryan Garcia

“First book I’ve ever read from cover to cover on the same day as buying it. A fantastic read. It flows nicely and is a good insight into the project. Certainly has me interested in visiting next year!” Gavin Maguire

“The best book I’ve ever read” Aimee McKenzie

“An excellent [true] story about a revolutionary project encompassing both social networking & eco tourism.” John Wright

“The very last line of the book is the only question I am trying to answer now. “What part will you play?” A really good, positive and inspiring read. Definitely one to take with you while you travel.”