What we’d love participants to do during Responsible Travel Week

Poster All travel and tourism can be more conscious and responsible. Let’s figure out what to do now. Responsible Travel Week, February 12-18, is conducted online and around the globe. Hashtag: #rtweek18 What we mostly desire is engagement – your questions, your contributions, your news of upcoming events, publications and meetups. Schedule your own event or stage a …

Empathy

Photo: Michael Dawes, Great Day at Burleig Head Empathy = Being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts and experience of another Also see: platinum rule Quotes De-emphasize empathy. I’ve heard several calls for increased empathy on diversity issues. While I strongly support trying to understand how and why people think the way they do, relying on …

Where is the conversation?

Photo: #Ron Mader, 7MagicMountains A conversation is communication between two or more people. A good conversation occurs when people listen to one another over time. (poster). Conversation has changed from chitchat around the physical table or around the proverbial water cooler. Everyone from locals to visitors appreciate the opportunity to be engaged and to be …

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 …

Curiosity

Buzzwords Curiosity = The desire to learn about anything; inquisitiveness Also see: engagement Translating: Curiosity Estonian: Uudishimu German: Neugierig Spanish: Curiosidad Swedish: Nyfikenhet Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/curiosity Planeta.com When Mars Was Like Earth: Five Years of Exploration with the Curiosity Rover

Upgrade Your World during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism

Photo: Safranbolu My talk and Q&A at the European Ecotourism Conference was made via long distance video Monday, April 17. The talk – Upgrade Your World during the International year of Sustainable Tourism – asks where we stand in 2017 and what we have learned since the first European Ecotourism Conference in 2010. These are the working notes. …

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 …

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 …

How to Tweet from the World Conservation Congress #IUCNCongress

Held every four years, the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress will be the largest gathering of environmental policy makers since the Paris Climate Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, and presents a major opportunity to start putting these deals into action. Hawai‘i hosts the event September 1-10, 2016. Hashtag: #IUCNcongress How to Tweet about …