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 …

Making the most of the #YearOfOpen

2017 is the Year of Open. Hands up, please for those who know what this means. Everyone else, please check out the oeconsortium and yearofopen.org Hashtag: #YearOfOpen Also see: open What’s being celebrated in the #YearOfOpen are three anniversaries: ​2002 – 15 years ago the term “Open Educational Resources” was created, the Budapest Open Access Initiative was launched and the first Creative Commons licenses debuted 2007 …

Microphilanthropy

Microphilanthropy = Grassroots effort to engage locals and visitors by assisting projects with small donations of time and money. Philanthropic donations of time, money, property and work have the power to create mutually beneficial experiences for visitors and locals. The difference between microphilanthropy and philanthropy is that the first has meaningful grassroots connections. Donations can …

UNESCO

Photo: Ron Mader, Oaxaca 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 …

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 …