About Travis


I just finished serving three years with the Peace Corps in Mongolia and it's changed my life forever. I couldn't be prouder of my service or more grateful to the people I served with in my community. Serving others is an amazing adventure and I think this is just the beginning.

I've started a new project called Advance Humanity because I believe each of us can be everyday humanitarians who change ourselves and change the world. With Advance Humanity I want to share great ideas with people all around the world, help others stay inspired, live simply, change themselves and change the world.


English, Mongolian, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Global Health, International Development and Social Change, Project Management & Leadership, Nonprofit Board Consulting, Nonprofit & Community Development

An idea worth spreading

Working with an incredible team, we just finished organizing the first TEDx event in Mongolian history: TEDxUlaanbaatar. Now we are working on our second event in 2012.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about changing the world and making a difference, and I think it's something everyone can do. I started Advance Humanity because I believe each of us can be everyday humanitarians.

My TED story

I started by being captivated by TEDTalks here on TED.com. I dreamed of speaking at TED and worked with my friends to create the first TEDx event in Mongolia. Now we get to share that dream with millions of people around the country.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Travis Hellstrom
Posted about 4 years ago
Have you reinvented yourself, or started a movement?
I joined the Peace Corps and, after spending three years in the "developing world", found that I was the one who needed to develop. There is a lot of wisdom in the world that isn't flashy and might not fit nicely into a "buy this newest thing" economic system, but I think it's the kind of wisdom that I was longing for. Community. Kindness. Patience. Having enough. Helping others. Simple ways of living that, at the end of the day, I think we all love. I'm not sure what a movement like that might look like, but it's something I look forward to being a part of.