Lessons from #COP22

As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) comes an end, it’s a good time to ask if there are ways to improve the UN’s Climate Change Conferences. Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University of Bangladesh, proposes a radical re-think of the purpose …

Native American Day

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November and mark your calendar: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10am-4pm Nevada’s Lost City Museum celebrates Native American Day featuring Native American dancers, food and demonstrations. The fun is behind the museum near the pueblos. It is all included with the admission to the museum. As usual, anyone under 18 is …

#NetHui Roadtrip: If this grabs your attention, please stand

If this grabs your attention, please stand. New Zealand shows the world how to stage an engaging event. My current choice of a benchmark event with livestreaming video is New Zealand’s NetHui which since 2010 has made the most of face-to-face networking and online interaction. And in 2016, the annual event simply hit the road. October …

Encouraging Engagement

One of the greatest challenges for those working in conservation and tourism, economic development and job creation is how to develop engagement with the public — critical if we wish to encourage sustainable practices. Engagement (aka ‘meaningful interaction’) needs to be central to our work, not an add-on. We need an engagement strategy as much as any …

August 17 – Making the most of Live Video #PlanetaTalks

Viva Livestreaming Video! Who wants to test YouTube Live? https://www.youtube.com/c/ronmader/live Seriously, how does this work? Setting up a live-streaming encoder is far more complicated than the old hangout system. We’ll be testing it out over the next few days and updating the relevant pages on the Planeta Wiki. For the record, we’re also big fans of Periscope. Kudos to …

Celebrating #IndigenousDay

All events can be more engaging. In particular, we’d like to see international events more inclusive and more beneficial for everyone by means of conscious, responsible, eco, sustainable tourism. Let’s measure how well this occurs at the two major conservation events taking place this year: the IUCN World Conservation Congress and the CBD COP13. Today – …

Hawai’i Hosts International Coral Reef Symposium #ICRS2016

coralsquare Hawai’i – This week (June 19-14) the International Coral Reef Symposium gathers 2,500+ coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 97 nations to present the latest research (and more!) in coral sustainability. It’s an important meeting and we’re looking forward to hearing friends and colleagues let us know the highlights. Key links 13th International Coral Reef Symposium …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

openhouse Las Vegas is the hub of a vast and varied network of parks and protected areas. You can #findyourpark in any direction! One of the gems is 30 miles to the north. Desert National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower …

Mexico’s Invisible Tourism Trade Show

Tianguis Turístico is underway in Guadalajara, Mexico but the trade show’s online presence is sorely lacking. Recommendation: participants find a way of benevolently hacking the event. Live video is a must. Remote participants need access to presentations and press conferences. Any tourism event worth its salt this year haslivestreaming video starting with the exhibitors — …

Responsible Travel Week 2016

One of Planeta.com’s tentpole events, Responsible Travel Week manifests our commitment toward effective communication and collaboration. Responsible travel is not an ethical dilemma of whether to have fun or be responsible. We can do both! 2016 is the eighth year for Responsible Travel Week and Planeta.com’s 17th year of innovative conferencing. Back in 2000 we …