Microphilanthropy

Buzzwords Microphilanthropy = Grassroots effort to engage locals and visitors by assisting projects with small donations of time and money. Philanthropic donations of time, money, property and work have the power to create mutually beneficial experiences for visitors and locals. The difference between microphilanthropy and philanthropy is that the first has meaningful grassroots connections. Donations …

Attention

Poster: What is the value of attention? Attention = Focusing consciousness and taking notice Also see: partial attention, conscious ReflectionsAnyone can pay attention for an instant. But what does it take to pay attention over time? Enough of the drive-by conversations, as engaging as they ephemerally are. How do we pay attention over time? When …

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 …

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 fill-in-the-blank fatigue is critical if …

The Value of Collaboration

Photo: Postcards from Oaxaca Collaboration = the action of working with someone to produce or create something EssayLack of collaboration is a proverbial stone in the road for those developing ‘sustainable’ tourism. Many tourism players are aware that improving collaboration is a worthy objective, yet they feel stymied by how to put practice into action. We …

Markets

Photo: Channon Market 2006 Markets are as old as the crossroads, a mashup of conversations and commerce embedded in the 360 degree, face-to-face exchange. Our fave (favorite/favourite) markets are a combination of tasting rooms and empathy museums. These venues manifest responsible travel — good places to live and good places to visit. Locals have the …