#Roofdog

Photo: Ron Mader, Roof Dog de Teotitlán Del Valle Living in rural Mexico and working online (2001-2013), I experienced a disconnect every few months when something new appeared online that had little relevance to my immediate surroundings and conversations or something appeared in my life on the ground in Oaxaca that I knew would be …

Making the most of an unconference

Photo: Ron Mader, Open Space Technology in Estonia Unconference = A facilitated, participant-driven event centered on a specific topic. This can be conducted face-to-face, online or better yet, both! An unconference engages participants without a formal agenda. Instead an unconference encourages attendees to organize their own agenda and action plans. We use the unconference approach …

Agnotology

Poster: Ron Mader, Agnotology If we haven’t already entered the era of dumb, it certainly feels like we’re hurtling toward it. – Antony Funnell Hosted by Funnell, Radio National’s Future Tense is one of our favorite podcasts and comes from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Without fail keeps ahead of the curve week after week. The show is smart …

UNWTO Awards 2017

Photo: UNWTO Gala Annotated Press Release from UNWTO with questions  UNWTO Awards recognize the commitment of the tourism sector to sustainable approaches Guanajuato’s State Ministry of Tourism (Mexico), Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Belgium), Govardhan Ecovillage (India) and Dutch Travel Trade Association (Netherlands) were the winners of 13th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and …

Improving Signage

Make a good first impression! Visitors expect to find helpful directions — online and on the ground. Orientation is key. Rules of Good Signage Good signage obeys three simple rules: 1) The information is clear. 2) The information is accurate. 3) The information is where the visitor is looking. Confusing, obsolete or hard-to-find information leads …

Welcome to the #Twistance

Following up our feature on the Twitterstorm kicked up by Badlands National Park, the hashtag that sums up the week’s viral storm combines Twitter and Resistance in the colorful #Twistance Kudos @StollmeyerEU for the helpful Twistance list curating ‘rogue’ federal science agencies. She’s Twistance 2 with other rogue departments. Those launching the rogue sites share a mission of sharing …

Vote Now for #Macqwoty

Graphic: Macquarie Dictionary My favorite #woty (word of the year) is #macqwoty, hosted by Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary. Each year they announce a public game in January to choose the best word of the previous year. 2016 is the year of the Freecycle, Norman door, Blockchain, Post-Truth, Fake News, Driverless Car and mmmmm… bush carrots, must be Youlk! …

Praise

Planeta has received numerous kudos and awards. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ECOCLUB – Significantly advanced the cause of ecotourism Outside – Virtual vanguard GORP – Ron Mader has a vision of smaller, environmentally friendly, genuinely engaging programs that directly benefit local communities. Call it ecotourism. GORP calls it a lot more fun and interesting. TOTEM …