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 …

What’s a wiki?

The term ‘wiki‘ is derived from a Polynesian word meaning ‘quick.’ This is an apt descriptor since changes can be made immediately by editors. These examples lead to our very own wiki. For the purposes of this site, a wiki is a particularly useful platform for collaboration. Wikis allow multiple editors with each step being …

What is the Social Web?

Photo: Ron Mader, Cape Town It’s easier than ever to use the social web. What is the social web? Also called social media, these channels allow members to contribute, rank and share and often remix user-generated content. The bottom line is that we need to learn how to play, extend skills and abilities, develop core …

Travel. Enjoy. Respect. #iy2017

The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. How we make the most of #IY2017 depends on what we do and how well we collaborate. The resolution, adopted on December 4, 2015, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of …

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 …