Attention

Poster: What is the value of attention? Attention = Focusing consciousness and taking notice Also see: partial attention, conscious Reflections Anyone can pay attention for an instant. But what does it take to pay attention over time? When institutional memory is lacking or we find ourselves fidgeting, it’s hard to practice anything resembling conscious living, …

Samaritan Day

Photo: Samaritan Day at the Santo Tomas Xochimilco Church Samaritan Day (Día de la Samaritana) is a tradition in Oaxaca City celebrated on the fourth Friday in Lent. Refreshments are offered to passersby. The tradition began in the churches. Today businesses, schools and government offices offer traditional fruit drinks, including horchata, jamaica, tamarindo, and local …

The Value of Collaboration

Photo: Museo del Oro Zenú 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, …

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Elsewhere on the Web The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – http://www.unesco.org – 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 …

Engagement

Graphic: Ron Mader, Levels of Engagement 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 if …

Board Games

Buzzwords Board Game = any game played on a board, especially one that involves the movement of pieces on the board, such as chess or checkers Headlines https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/12/ars-technicas-ultimate-board-game-buyers-guide-2018-edition Planeta.com Play

Janes Walk

Elsewhere on the Web Jane’s Walk – https://janeswalk.org – is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. Walks take place in hundreds of cities around the world the first weekend of May. Key Links janeswalk.org Facebook @janeswalk Questions Are there videos from the walks? Are there recommended online resources, publications, …

People

Buzzwords People = Human beings Meet the locals. Headlines The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/23/truth-world-built-for-men-car-crashes As many of you will know I’ve spent THREE YEARS (😱)researching this book about the dangers for women of a world built on male data. Here is a sneak preview in …

Peace

Peace = freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. Translating: Every moment of the day provides an opportunity to create the conditions for peace. Afrikaans: Elke oomblik van die dag bied ‘n geleentheid om die voorwaardes vir vrede te skep. German: Jeder Moment des Tages bietet die Möglichkeit, die Bedingungen für Frieden zu schaffen. Spanish: Cada …