National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Shannon Galpin, and founder of the non profit organization Mountain2Mountain has created a unique space as a ‘disturber’. She founded Mountain2Mountain (www.mountain2mountain.org) in 2007 and focused her efforts on women’s rights in conflict zones. After years of working in women’s prisons and with girls education, she realized that her strength and passion was in activism and changing perceptions. She created the groundbreaking Streets of Afghanistan exhibition as a life-size photography exhibition that was eventually set up in the streets and public spaces in Afghanistan as a pop up street art installation. Currently living in Colorado and a passionate single speed mountain biker, Shannon became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan in 2009, and the first person to cross the Panjshir Valley by bike in 2010. She has continued to challenge the gender barriers that have prevented Afghan women from riding in various parts of the country until finally she found the first women attempting to ride, and doing it as part of the national cycling team. She supports the team and this spring will be creating two new women’s teams in Bamiyan province to help expand the cycling movement. Shannon is the producer on the upcoming documentary, Afghan Cycles, about the women’s national cycling team. Her memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, comes out September 16, 2014 with St. Martin’s Press. She has spoken globally about the power of voice and upon the TEDx stage including her first talk at TEDxMileHigh about the Perception of Victimhood and the Power of Voice which illustrates the backbone of all the work she does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ3qQySIPgI
Shannon is currently working on her first book, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Activism and Adventure for the Women of Afghanistan to release September 16, 2014 with St. Martin’s Press.
You can contact Shannon at: firstname.lastname@example.org