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Ron Mader

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Ron Mader is a professional speaker, writer, photographer, and communication catalyst. Among his most popular seminars are those focusing on strategies for using the social web and the Digital Literacy Quiz.

Ron’s work catalyzes meaningful conversation and action about environmental and cultural conservation, tourism, responsible travel, and peacemaking.

Conscious Travel and Planeta.com
His professional focus on ecotourism and responsible travel go back to academic research conducted in Central America in the late 1980s. In 1994 Ron launched Planeta.com, the web’s first site dedicated to ecotourism, responsible travel, and conscious travel.

Working in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ron collaborated in the development of the Oaxaca Options Dialogue and grassroots tourism events since 2001. Ron is one of the founders of the Zinacantli Rugby Club.

Ron has facilitated numerous seminars online and in the natural world and has won many awards, including recognition from the Mexican government for exemplary coverage of Mexico. Presidents Fox and Zedillo presented Ron with the Lente de Plata Award in 1999 and 2002. In 2010 he won the Innovation Award from the International Ecotourism Society.

Ron was featured in the 2000 and 2008 editions of American Environmental Leaders.

Collaboration
Ron collaborated with the Convention on Biological Diversity in the creation of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award and leading a practical workshop on the social web at the Biodiversity COP. Ron led similar social web workshops for Indigenous teachers at Native Innovation conferences in Arizona.

Ron contributed to the ecotourism and responsible travel coverage in Transitions Abroad.

Online Conferencing
In the past few years Planeta.com has developed online events, including the Financing Sustainable Tourism, NGOs in Tourism and Conservation, Ethical Marketing of Ecotourism, Environmental Impact of Transportation, Urban Ecotourism Conference and the Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum.

2002 was the International Year of Ecotourism, an event which sparked a lot of interest among ecotourism nerds around the globe. The United Nations and World Tourism Organization asked Ron to host the Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference which was the most attended preparatory event for the World Ecotourism Summit.

Academic Work
Ron has a bachelor’s degree in communication (1987) from Indiana University where he resided at the Collins Living Learning Center. Ron received a master’s degree (1990) from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Awards

Nomination

I have covered this award for a number of years and have submitted nominations for other people. I would like to self-nominate for the first time.

Through Planeta.com I have written and published numerous features about responsible travel since the mid 1990s. Notably there have been a number of online Responsible Travel Weeks held since the 2009 Responsible Tourism Conference was postponed due to that year’s milder pandemic. All of these virtual gatherings are designed to elevate digital literacy among colleagues and engage a broader circle of local hosts and active participants. I didn’t create Facebook or Twitter or hashtags or content blocks, but I have shared my experiences and lessons learned in a way that has guided others.

Measuring Impact – It’s difficult to talk up one’s own impact on others. I know that through encouragement and nagging, many of the practitioners of responsible travel connected and been nudged not just to walking the talk, but talking about actions good and not so good, and documenting the ever-changing roadmap of travel and tourism that benefits locals and visitors.

Looking ahead – 2021’s Responsible Travel Week – https://www.planeta.com/rtweek21 – will be our biggest and most profound yet. The week is held in tandem with Valentine’s Day each year. We recap RT-related events and publications and preview the year to come.

How will Responsible Travel Week be different this year?

So much changed in the past year due to the global Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic. Travel bans restricted movement. Visible and invisible walls were built reducing capacity and entry across the globe. As friend Rogelio Ballesteros says, once travel is permitted, will there be hosts to receive visitors? What communities will opt out of receiving visitors?

Due to the stay and work-at-home world of 2020, a larger public was introduced to live video conferencing, virtual tours, and broader education efforts. Responding to this global crisis, we expect to have a lively conversation about the current status and future opportunities regarding travel that benefits locals and visitors.

Photo: Downtown Las Vegas

Ron Mader is a professional speaker, writer, photographer, and communication catalyst. Among his most popular seminars are those focusing on strategies for using the social web and the Digital Literacy Quiz.

Ron’s work catalyzes meaningful conversation and action about environmental and cultural conservation, tourism, responsible travel, and peacemaking.

Conscious Travel and Planeta.com
His professional focus on ecotourism and responsible travel go back to academic research conducted in Central America in the late 1980s. In 1994 Ron launched Planeta.com, the web’s first site dedicated to ecotourism, responsible travel, and conscious travel.

Working in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ron collaborated in the development of the Oaxaca Options Dialogue and grassroots tourism events since 2001. Ron is one of the founders of the Zinacantli Rugby Club.

Ron has facilitated numerous seminars online and in the natural world and has won many awards, including recognition from the Mexican government for exemplary coverage of Mexico. Presidents Fox and Zedillo presented Ron with the Lente de Plata Award in 1999 and 2002. In 2010 he won the Innovation Award from the International Ecotourism Society.

Ron was featured in the 2000 and 2008 editions of American Environmental Leaders.

Collaboration
Ron collaborated with the Convention on Biological Diversity in the creation of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award and leading a practical workshop on the social web at the Biodiversity COP. Ron led similar social web workshops for Indigenous teachers at Native Innovation conferences in Arizona.

Ron contributed to the ecotourism and responsible travel coverage in Transitions Abroad.

Online Conferencing
In the past few years Planeta.com has developed online events, including the Financing Sustainable Tourism, NGOs in Tourism and Conservation, Ethical Marketing of Ecotourism, Environmental Impact of Transportation, Urban Ecotourism Conference and the Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum.

2002 was the International Year of Ecotourism, an event which sparked a lot of interest among ecotourism nerds around the globe. The United Nations and World Tourism Organization asked Ron to host the Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference which was the most attended preparatory event for the World Ecotourism Summit.

Academic Work
Ron has a bachelor’s degree in communication (1987) from Indiana University where he resided at the Collins Living Learning Center. Ron received a master’s degree (1990) from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.<figure><iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MUpNwNzoYRw” allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″></iframe></figure>

Awards

2010 Innovation Award Winner Ron Mader

Nomination

World Responsible Tourism Awards 2020

I have covered this award for a number of years and have submitted nominations for other people. I would like to self-nominate for the first time.

Through Planeta.com I have written and published numerous features about responsible travel since the mid 1990s. Notably there have been a number of online Responsible Travel Weeks held since the 2009 Responsible Tourism Conference was postponed due to that year’s milder pandemic. All of these virtual gatherings are designed to elevate digital literacy among colleagues and engage a broader circle of local hosts and active participants. I didn’t create Facebook or Twitter or hashtags or content blocks, but I have shared my experiences and lessons learned in a way that has guided others.

Measuring Impact – It’s difficult to talk up one’s own impact on others. I know that through encouragement and nagging, many of the practitioners of responsible travel connected and been nudged not just to walking the talk, but talking about actions good and not so good, and documenting the ever-changing roadmap of travel and tourism that benefits locals and visitors.

Looking ahead – 2021’s Responsible Travel Week – https://www.planeta.com/rtweek21 – will be our biggest and most profound yet. The week is held in tandem with Valentine’s Day each year. We recap RT-related events and publications and preview the year to come.


  • Responsible travel
  • https://www.planeta.com/rt
  • Covid-19
  • https://www.planeta.com/covid19
  • Decarbonising
  • https://www.planeta.com/decarbonizing
  • Wildlife tourism
  • https://www.planeta.com/wildlife-tourism

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