Earth Day

Poster: Ron Mader, Roofdog Back in the early 1960s Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson introduced the idea of ‘Earth Day’ to then President John F Kennedy in the early 1960s and has officially celebrated since 1972. Earth Day has proved extremely popular in the United States and around the world. And in 2017? Translating Earth Day Afrikaans: Aard …

New Address for Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Market

Photo: Pochote Xochimilco, Facebook Oaxaca City – Breaking news from Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Proyecto Agroecologico y Artesanal. Starting today (Friday, January 13), the market opens its doors at a new location: Calle Marcos Pérez #217, Colonia Centro (between Crespo y Joaquin Amaro). Google Map We have a long relationship with our friends (vendors and clients) at the …

The Value of Collaboration

Lack of collaboration is a proverbial stone in the road for those developing any ‘sustainable’ tourism operation. Let’s be clever and work smarter, not harder. Many tourism players are aware that improving collaboration is a worthy objective, yet they feel stymied by how to put practice into action. Instead of competing, can we learn how …

Engagement

Graphic: Ron Mader, Levels of Engagement (2017) Engagement = Meaningful interaction One of the greatest challenges for those working in conservation and tourism, economic development and job creation is that of engagement – how to communicate, interact and listen to locals and how to avoid fatigue over the rough patches. Avoiding engagement fatigue is critical …

Markets

Markets are as old as the crossroads. They are a mashup of conversations and commerce embedded in the 360 face-to-face exchange. The best markets are a combination of tasting rooms and empathy museums. The best markets are the epitome of responsible travel — good places to live and good places to visit. Locals have the …

UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The purpose of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental …

Open in Action #OAWeek

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week promoting Open Access as the new default in scholarship and research. This year the celebration is held October 24-30 with the theme: “Open in Action.” Hashtag: #OAweek To be fair, International Open Access Week has always been about catalyzing action, and this year’s theme encourages everyone to take …

New Zealand on the Social Web

What are your inspired, go-to New Zealand resources? Whether you’re a Kiwi or a friend of New Zealand, share with us your recommendations that make the most of the social web. This presentation features snapshots from websites and social web channels and apps. We welcome your interaction — comments, questions, suggestions, shares, clips, favorites, likes …

Happy IDUAI!! September 28 is the International Day for Universal Access to Information

Let me be among the first to wish you a ‘Happy IDUAI!’ September 28 is the International Day for Universal Access to Information (also known as IDUAI). Hashtags: #AccessToInfoDay , #IDUAI, #RightToKnowDay I know this doesn’t roll off the tongue, but this day in tandem with World Tourism Day has great potential. More about that below. One of the cornerstones …

Announcing the Recipients of Four Winds Recognition

Indigenous Peoples Week took place August 8-14. The objective is to help raise awareness of Indigenous tourism options around the world and improve digital literacy skills among Indigenous friends. Partners in this endeavor are Nutti Sámi Siida, TIME Unlimited, Madidi Jungle Ecolodge and The Travel Word. This was our sixth annual celebration of social web …