PURE CONFERENCE 2014: PICO IYER
Born to a philosopher and political theorist father and a religious scholar mother, deep thinking is in Pico Iyer’s genes. Although hailing originally from India, Pico thus spent his adolescence hopping back and forth across the pond, working his way from one scholarship to another at Eton, Oxford University and Harvard.
Today, he is one of the most revered and respected travel writers in the world, with an impressive portfolio of contributions to global publications, non-fiction travel works and travel novels. As a public speaker, Iyer has made appearances everywhere from Ivy League universities to the world-renowned TED stage, and is one of the few people in history to have conducted an on-stage interview with a Dalai Lama (the fourteenth, to be exact).
While currently based in Japan, Iyer professes, “I am not rooted in a place, I think, so much as in certain values and affiliations and friendships that I carry everywhere I go”. Who better to begin exploring the relationship between the individual and travel – and to help us answer that crucial question: what makes travel transformational?
Read our interview with Pico here.