World traveler, adventurer, photographer, philosopher, author, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, Allan Karl inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles and smile in the face of adversity. And he should know. Allan spent nearly three years riding around the world on a motorcycle. Along the way, on a muddy dirt road miles from anywhere and 14,000 feet high in the Andes of Bolivia, Allan broke his leg in three places. But this didn’t stop him. After a lengthy and painful recovery period Allan continued his journey logging more than 62,000 miles over 5 continents and through 35 countries -- alone on a motorcycle.
Many people often dream about such a journey. Few pursue it. Fear, uncertainty, danger and time usually stand in the way. Allan’s energy, enthusiasm and tenacious drive inspired many as they followed the high and low points of his plight at www.worldrider.com, an ongoing collection of his narratives, videos, podcasts and stunning photography.
In a forthcoming book that chronicles his three-year odyssey, Allan’s stories about the places and faces he encountered during his journey, including visiting some 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are fun, surprising and always entertaining while reminding us to have faith in humanity and of the importance in preserving our planet’s precious natural resources and cultural history.
Through his story, Karl reminds us to trust ourselves and trust others, and never forget that we share one world. His experiences are a reminder of the importance to support and aid our world neighbors, so together we can make the world a smarter, safer and healthier place to live and travel.
Karl is principal of clearcloud ctc, a creative, technology and communications services consultancy located in Southern California. clearcloud ctc provides clients with brand reengineering, brand communications and online and offline marketing communications strategies and creative services.
Prior to starting clearcloud, Karl co-founded Wirestone one of the countries top 50 interactive agencies according to Advertising Age. At Wirestone, Karl served as director and executive vice president of marketing while managing its Southern California office. Karl’s client experience includes Apple, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Quest Software, SMC Networks and others.
Before founding Wirestone, Karl held the position of vice president and creative director for PRISCOMM, one of Orange County’s top high-tech marketing communications firms. An industry veteran, Karl has won several advertising and creative awards, and is past president and board member of the American Advertising Federation in Orange County. Additionally, Karl has served a number of nonprofit organizations including a director of the South Coast Fine Arts Festival to benefit the South Coast Children Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, Karl also lectures, speaks and leads business-focused workshops on branding, creative marketing communications and strategic planning.
A rocking SoCal show with the North Mississippi Allstars on May 22, 2006.
Regal Cinemas and Big Screen Concerts “One Night Only” program shows Gilmour's On An Island and footage from his recent North American and European tour.
Costco dukes it out over state wine laws.
A rare film that makes you feel you're watching Neil on stage - up close and personal.
[...] I spent hours and hours listening to Scott Muni on WNEW-FM. The low rumble and deep timbre of his voice flowed through my headphones as I learned and listened about the Rolling STones, Pink Floyd [...] His cadence, casualness and immense knowledge of music influenced me and fueled my desire to learn about music and to fulfill my dream [...]
Grabbing the sultry and sexy siren he shuffles up to the microphone and mumbles in a slightly alcohol induced (this is Keith Richards after all) English cockney something about how he gets to perform with Norah. With a cigarette dangling between his fingers and a beaded headband keeping his hair out of his face he goes on to say "I've got say a couple things about G.P."
But what's really at stake here is the music sales online. Apple clearly nailed this market and developed a slick solution. And they're selling a boatload of music. And along the way Apple developed a beautiful Windows application and clearly has the best MP3 Player/Jukebox for both Macintosh and Windows. And key to the online music sales is Apple's Fairplay digital rights management system.
Yet one can't help but wonder why Stern's successful radio show that has been on the air for nearly 20 years is now the subject of such scrutiny about decency.
The gist of the scandal (called Kofigate) points to a ring of U.N., French and Russian contractors responsible for doling out food and medical aid for the Iraqi's. Prices for diluted medicine and rotten food were inflated 10% netting $5 billion in kickbacks to French and Russian companies. This, according to Safire, is why the French and Russians were the only prewar defenders of Saddam Hussein.
With my tongue in cheek and suitcase full of wise cracks I was determined to call this thick accented Austrian to the carpet. But I was amazed. I never experienced the aromatic of a wine before. The true test was comparing the typical restaurant wine glass with the same wine in a Riedel stem.