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Larisa McBean is a Tourism Management Professional and Researcher specialising in community tourism development, and a Blogger who writes commentary on a variety of topics. An International Development graduate (MSc.) from the University of Birmingham, U.K., majoring in poverty and inequality reduction strategies, Ms. McBean has conducted research on sports tourism as a vehicle to socio-economic development, which she presented at the UNWTO Global Tourism Conference, and on the alignment of tourism investment to the SDGs in Jamaica, published in the Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes academic journal. She also has a background in education and training, and public speaking, having taught in Jamaica, the United States, France and Japan.

  • “I Consume Only My Fair Share”

    The Principles of Ma’at refer to some precepts that have been espoused by ancient Egyptians for millennia. Their equivalents have existed in other parts of Africa, but what these principles boil down to are the concepts of truth, justice, harmony,… Read More ›

  • Haiku

    Who knows the next one? Life—so filled with ups and downs Make this the best one. — Larisa Monaé

  • A Jamiekan Mi Chat (I Speak Jamaican)

    I started writing this post over three years ago during one of our perennial debates on the Jamaican language—to speak or not to speak? For some reason, I never published it, until now, three years later, when said perennial debate… Read More ›

  • Xaymaca

    Energy centers—potent Dispersed to cardinal points Creative genius in her midst Roses shooting rapidly out of concrete . Inspiration for the masses Scientific discoveries Music touching the very soul Revolutionaries, told and untold . There’s something in the soil Or… Read More ›

  • Sunday

    Of all the days back then Sundays were always kind Everything seemed calm No bad memories come to mind . Singing cheerful songs About stories of hope and love The past week’s troubles a memory From which to rise above… Read More ›