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 …

Reading the First Books #firstbooksdh

Austin, Texas – LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections hosted a day-long digital scholarship symposium on May 30, 2017, titled “Reading the First Books: Colonial Documents in the Digital Age.” Hashtag: #firstbooksdh The symposium celebrates the culmination of “Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Libros,” a two-year effort to develop tools …

#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 …

Biodiversity on the Social Web – Live Web Tours This Week #idb2017 #biodiversityday

Poster: BioDiversityDay 2017 Today – May 21 – is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica) and Planeta.com hosts live, interactive web tours this week. Join us Tuesday at 10am Vegas, 12pm Oaxaca, 1pm Montreal, 6pm London, 3am Brisbane. Videos http://youtu.be/e2sHFqJAwo0 The objective of this exercise is to highlight and …

Journalism Under Fire: UNESCO #PressFreedom Colloquium

For those keen on a journalism deep dive Wednesday @UNESCO hosts a conference. Not sure if there will be live video, but we can hope someone at a press symposium can figure out persicope and facebook live for presentations and in-the-hallways chatter. Bonus points if someone can show a news stand. Key Links http://en.unesco.org/journalism-under-fire Twitter: @UNESCO …

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! …

How to host a press trip

Fact is that most press trips are costly and ineffective ventures that leave locals and reporters wanting. This guide reviews some tips on making press trips more effective. Be creative and be generous. Here are some ideas of connecting individual journalists or groups and locals. Create opportunities for face-to-face engagement and virtual conversations using the …