Oaxaca Options: Presentations
El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz.
- Peace Notebook
Options is a bilingual (Spanish-English) series of panel discussions,
lectures and small fairs. The series of natural world encounters
was co-created by Planeta's Ron Mader and Amigos del Sol director
Rogelio Ballesteros to provide an opportunity to share lessons learned
in developing tourism that supports natural and cultural diversity.
This is a volunteer effort with no administrative costs.
SIERRA NORTE -- Pablo Ruiz from Expediciones Sierra Norte
gave a presentation on mountain-based tourism in the Sierra
Juárez. Pablo said that this was his first opportunity
to speak to an audience in Oaxaca!
April 19, 2001
STARTING A BUSINESS -- Livingston Monteverde talked about
rock climbing in Oaxaca. Livingston was quite frank on the challenges
of staring a new business (which since closed).
May 3, 2001
FLYING IN OAXACA -- Sten Maldonado from Eco-X-Plore showed
how hang gliding (paragliding) has literally taken off in Mexico.
He talked about the education needed to launch a new sport as well
as safety considerations.
May 31, 2001
COMMUNITY MUSEUMS -- Teresa Morales and Patricia Ramirez
from the Community
Museums of Oaxaca explained how the organization assists rural
communities in establishing their own museums and their own community
June 28, 2001
STATE TOURISM -- Gabriela Meixueiro from the state government's
tourism office -- SEDETUR
-- showed how Oaxaca perceives the alternative tourism market and
how the state stands at the forefront of ecotourism development
in Mexico. She also announced that October 30th the state is co-sponsoring
an "alternative tourism market" with Planeta.com and local operators
to complement Day
of the Dead celebrations.
July 26, 2001
TOURISM FAIR -- Our largest presentation of 2001 took the
form of a Tourism
Fair -- held during Day
of the Dead Week.
October 31, 2001
BIRD WATCHING -- Noted guide Manuel Grosselet presented
slides and an insider's knowledge of Birdwatching
December 13, 2001
CELEBRATING THE TULE TREE -- Jorge Velasco, director of
the environmental group Mi Amigo el Arbol gave a presentation
about conservation efforts and the Arbol
January 17, 2002
ECO PRODUCTS -- Clarisa Jimenez, Carolina Peña and
Maricarmen Vazquez, representatives from Servicios
Ambientales de Oaxaca showed the development of community-developed
artesania, such as a children's rocking horse, copal incense and
soaps -- all certified as eco-friendly. These products are brand
new to the local tourism market.
January 31, 2002
WHERE TO GO -- Members of the group participated in a roundtable
discussion reviewing where this series has taken us in the past
year and brainstorming about the programs for 2002, the International
Year of Ecotourism. Details
March 21, 2002
IMPROVING TRAVELER SAFETY -- Our group discussed the a number
of topics related to safety
-- what travelers need to know, insurance needs of companies and
what the community can do to lessen the chances of muggings and
June 6, 2002
EXPLORING CHIAPAS -- This program was the first to look
outside Oaxaca and featured a chat with special guest Fernando Ochoa,
who has worked toward developing ecotourism in rural Chiapas.
June 27, 2002
NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS -- University of Tokyo's
Maki Komatsu presented a talk on "Politica Cultural, ONGs y Proyectos
con la Comunidad" based on her recent talk at the Welte
Institute for Oaxacan Studies.
July 25, 2002
FINE DINING -- Karen Hursh Graber and Bill Cross presented
details about the International Food and Wine Festival of Oaxaca.
August 1, 2002ECOTOURISM FAIR
-- Oaxaca celebrated the International Year of Ecotourism with
a big fair
held at the Mufi
October 30, 2002THE FORESTS
AND THE TREES -- Canadian researcher Ross
Mitchell talked about forest management and tourism with examples
from Oaxaca's Sierra Norte, northern British Columbia (Canada) and
the Andes in Peru. A related article -- Democracy
and the Trees -- has been published online.
November 13, 2002
FOOTPRINTS -- Our first meeting of 2003 was a breakfast
talk at the Marco Polo restaurant, across from El Llano Park. New
Zealand Journalist and author Boz Smith discussed the challenges
of writing the Footprint
Mexico and Central America travel guide. He also discussed how
ecotourism has developed in Ecuador and New
February 20, 2003
MEET MEXICANWAVE -- Our meet-the-authors
breakfast featured the directors of Mexicanwave
-- Gicela Morales and Steve Bridger who created "No.1 website about
Mexico in the UK." Mexicanwave and Planeta.com are both members
of The Mexico
February 27, 2003
ARTESANIA, TOURISM & THE WEB -- Featured speakers Carlos
Ortega, Eric Mindling and David Sutherland were joined by Primo
Aquino Cruz and Jorge Hernanzez in talking about the connections
tourism and the internet. As a result of the presentation, Planetacom
is updating our guide to Buying
Crafts in Oaxaca City and developing a guide to crafts throughout
February 27, 2003
RURAL TOURISM FAIR -- More than 100 people attended the
one-day event. Four rooms were organized to provide information
on artesania, adventure travel, ecotourism, and culture and health.
The online guide
became one of Planeta's most popular pages during the summer.
July 5, 2003
HUAUTLA PILGRIMS --
Author Ben Feinberg announced publication of his book, Devil's
Book of Culture and discussed tourism development in the Sierra
August 27, 2003
RURAL TOURISM FAIR
January 31, 2004
On January 31st Oaxaca hosted the 2004
Rural Tourism Fair. More than 200 people participated and
we had a follow-up chat via the Ecoclub website.
URBAN ECOTOURISM -- We held a review of upcoming Urban
Ecotourism Fair and its application to cities in Mexico
September 15, 2004
Participants visited Cerro
September 22, 2004
RURAL TOURISM FAIR -- More
than 300 people took part in the 2005
Rural Tourism Fair, making this our largest event yet in Oaxaca,
Mexico. The fair provided ample opportunity for dialogue and information
sharing as preparation is important for travelers and locals alike.
February 12, 2005
BIKING IN OAXACA -- Robert and Theresa Russell,
co-authors of Bed, Breakfast & Bike Midwest and the Planeta
feature on Biking
in the Yucatan were featured guests have cycled the length of
the Baja Peninsula,
traversed the Yucatan
Peninsula and volunteered in Querétaro.
They shared their thoughts on improving options for travelers interested
February 24, 2005
RUTA DOMINICA -- Richard Perry, webhost of Colonial
Mexico and the author of numerous books presented his slide
show of Oaxaca's Dominican monasteries.
March 17, 2005
-- Kim and Gina Weston discussed the Weston
Legacy Mexico Workshop which retraced the steps of Edward Weston
and Tina Modotti's 1920s sojourn.
September 7, 2005
REAL OAXACA -- Stan Gotlieb and Diana Ricci presented
an overview of their 10-year-old website, Real
Oaxaca: An Expatriate Life
November 16, 2005
DINAMICOS -- Jack Corbett lectured on dynamic public spaces
January 19, 2006
RURAL TOURISM FAIR --The 2006
Rural Tourism Fair was our biggest event yet! Photo
January 28, 2006
-- Jeffrey Cohen lectured on migration, development and nutrition.
His current project, supported by the National Geographic Society,
focuses on the use and value of grasshoppers
February 15, 2006
PAPEL OAXACA --
Alberto Valenzuela and Ana Laura Alcocer showed off the
work of Papel Oaxaca, a natural paper factory based in San Agustin
Etla. They also previewed a green-building workshop. Photos: 1,
March 15, 2006
WALK WITH THE WEAVERS -- The Community Museum
del Valle organized a weaver-guided tour of the town. DETAILS
April 1, 2006
THE VALUE OF LOCAL CULTURE -- Martha Sorensen
spoke about the art and cultural industries, comparing Santa
Fe, New Mexico and Oaxaca
City. Recommended reading: The
Economic Importance of the Arts and Cultural Industries in Santa
Fe County. POSTER
July 12, 2006
hosted a coffee-tasting on Friday, April 17.