Engaging Events: Connecting the Virtual and Natural Worlds

Photo: Oaxaca Tourism Fair, Amigos del Sol (Some rights reserved) Our favorite events educate, motivate, and inspire. They are worth experiencing and remembering fondly and with gratitude. This photo was taken at the 2007 Rural Tourism Fair, an event held at the Amigos del Sol language school, immediately after the social protests of 2006. Produced …

Engagement

Graphic: Ron Mader, Levels of Engagement (Some rights reserved) Engagement = Meaningful interaction One of the greatest challenges for those working in conservation, tourism, economic development, job creation is that of engagement – how to communicate, interact. Often we need to listen and express ourselves to locals and outsiders. Sometimes this task seems insurmountable as …

Conversation

Photo: Ron Mader, Seven Magic Mountains (Some rights reserved) A conversation is communication between two or more people. A good conversation occurs when people listen to one another over time. (poster). Where is the conversation? Everywhere. YouTubeHow to rebalance a lopsided conversation HeadlinesHow to walk away from an awkward conversation Features Planeta.com

Empathy

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Empathy = Being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts and experience of another Also see: platinum rule QuotesDe-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 affective empathy—feeling another’s …

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 …

Upgrade Your World during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism (2017)

Photo: Moonstar, 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 …

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 (2016)

Photo: Ron Mader, Playground (Some rights reserved) 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 …