Welcome to the #Twistance

Following up our feature on the Twitterstorm kicked up by Badlands National Park, the hashtag that sums up the week’s viral storm combines Twitter and Resistance in the colorful #Twistance Kudos @StollmeyerEU for the helpful Twistance list curating ‘rogue’ federal science agencies. She’s Twistance 2 with other rogue departments. Those launching the rogue sites share a mission of sharing …

Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year: 2016

Graphic: Macquarie Dictionary Our favorite Word of the Year (#woty) is Australia’s #macqwoty, hosted by Macquarie Dictionary. Each year they announce a public game in January to choose the best word of the previous year. 2016 is the year of the Freecycle, Norman door, Blockchain, Post-Truth, Fake News, Driverless Car and mmmmm… bush carrots, must be …

How to host a press trip

Photo: Guadalajara Fact is that most press trips are costly and ineffective ventures that leave locals and reporters wanting. This guide reviews some tips on making press trips more effective. Be creative and be generous. Here are some ideas of connecting individual journalists or groups and locals. Create opportunities for face-to-face engagement and virtual conversations …

Information Doer

Buzzwords Information Doer = Skyful of Lies and Black SwansThe new tyranny of shifting information power in crises by Nik Gowing The study highlights how in a moment of major, unexpected crisis the institutions of power – whether political, governmental, military or corporate – face a new, acute vulnerability of both their influence and effectiveness.Download …

NGOs Evaluation

Poster One of the threads that emerged during the 2009 Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum focused on Non-Governmental Organizations or NGOs. Critiques were to the point: “It is really not advisable to use an NGO structure to manage ecotourism.” Another participant wrote: “I was told by one NGO representative that social impacts resulting from a community …

Mexico Meanderings: Conversation with Herb and Carla Felsted

From the archives. First published in 1998 Carla and Herb Felsted are long-time friends and the publishers of the Mexican Meanderings newsletter. Subtitled “A Newsletter of Explorations in an Enchanted Land,” the bi-monthly journal explored off-the-beaten-path venues that attract the Felsteds’ combined love of Mexican history and culture. I caught up with the Felsteds as …