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“Unconference” 2011 Responsible Tourism Week: Feb 14-18

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 18, 2011

2011 Responsible Tourism Week: Feb 14-18

Fall in love with responsible tourism. The dates are set for our next Responsible Tourism Week. Our unconventional, online unconference takes place Feb 14-18, 2011. Details:

http://planeta.wikispaces.com/rtweek2011

Background: Responsible Tourism Week is a fun mash-up exploring down to earth applications of noble concepts including responsible tourism, the local travel movement and ecotourism with practical and inexpensive Web 2.0 technologies. Take a peak at what we accomplished this year via the Planeta Wiki and on Slideshare.

We are seeking partners and financial sponsors.

Simply put, this online unconference is an excellent way to broaden and deepen our dialogue about sustainable practice and tourism. The event encourages participants to articulate their core values and the way they put noble ideas into practice. It’s an opportunity to introduce new events, tours and research projects as well as an opportunity to summarize recent events. Yes, it’s a high-tech, but we also promote the foam board. For those who can keep track of a hashtag, it’s a new window to the world!

How to participate? You can start now by documenting the stories you’d like to share. In particular we will highlight photos on Flickr, tweets on Twitter, videos on YouTube and recommended blogs and wikis. This year we will start to feature tours using Gowalla and Foursquare. Check out the toolbox!

The talking points for RT 2011will be updated on the wiki. Of special interest in 2011 will be the role of responsible tourism in forests and cities. Join us!

Details

http://www.planeta.com/planeta/11/1101rtweek.html

http://planeta.wikispaces.com/rtweek2011

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/rtweek2011

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Indigenous Tourism Biodiversity Award and Interview with Oliver Hillel

Posted by deborahmclaren on July 22, 2010

Briefly, the ITBWA is a unique, important award for Indigenous Peoples involved in tourism. Listen to Ron Mader (host of http://www.planeta.com and interviewer) and Oliver Hillel of the CBD who sponsors the award.

Click here for the Youtube interview, Oliver Hillel and Ron Mader.

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Join the discussion: Responsible Tourism Week 2010: May 17-21

Posted by deborahmclaren on May 14, 2010

Responsible Tourism Week 2010: May 17-21

For the second year in a row, Planeta.com is proud to announce Responsible Tourism Week, revving up for action from May 17-21, 2010.

Created first in 2009 when the Belize Responsible Tourism Conference was cancelled due to the swine flu outbreak, RT Week, scheduled just a few weeks before World Environment Day, is “a free demonstration of Web 2.0 as a means of documenting the challenges of developing (and maintaining!) responsible tourism.”

While it takes place online and uses the latest Web-based information-sharing tools as the medium of exchange – participants will use Delicious, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube and Slideshare to document their practices – the news transmitted will always be about down-to-earth good tourism reported from around the world.

Although the primary objective is of course to encourage the practice of responsible tourism and then broadcast word of it to as broad a community (online and off) as possible, another key outcome is the creation of incentives for continuity between tourism conferences, especially those that address responsible tourism issues and practices. RT Week is a perfect opportunity to share updates on recent events and cultivate interest for future ones, as well as renew and strengthen collaborative bonds within the industry… and create new ones.

In other words, this is the week where you get to shout out to the world the good things you see around you, so be honest and be public. Support a local event. Create a local event. Lead the way or follow the topics for which you have a passion. Talk food, volunteering, slow travel, local travel – and create a foamboard to help get your message across!
Some RT Week Tips

* Walk the talk – Practice responsible tourism wherever you are.
* Be generous – Compliment someone via twitter, fave a photo or write a testimonial on Flickr, give a thumbs up to a video on YouTube.
* Play nice – Enough said.
* Be creative – Can you make your own poster or graphic for RT Week 2010?
* Have your say – What is responsible tourism? Please take a moment to answer the responsible tourism survey.
* Show your twitter savvy – Use the hashtag: #rtweek2010 on any relevant tweets.
* Have fun! Organize a marshmallow challenge to test your creative muscle!

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Tourism, Climate Change & Indigenous Biodiversity

Posted by deborahmclaren on December 27, 2009

The Climate Change talks in Copenhagen were disappointing… and while the mainstream travel industry continues to greatly contribute to global warming the REAL change is, of course, being made by the people who have consistently been the best care takers and conservationists of Mother Earth – our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

The 2010 Award for the best Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website, is a collaborative effort between Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/UNEP (CBD) with the support of the Heidehof Foundation to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way. The award is presented to indigenous tourism operations for websites that promotes sustainable practices and educates visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation.

A good slideshare description, posted by Ron Mader (host of Planeta.com) is available at ITBW2010 and the ITBW2010 wiki.

So far, the nominees include:

Bicicletas Pedro Martinez is a Zapotec-owned biking company in Oaxaca, Mexico. Pedro prides his operation on respecting indigenous peoples and the incredibly rich ecosystems.

Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre introduces visitors to the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) in Victoria, Australia.

Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) in Pakistan is owned and operated by the indigenous Kho, Wakhi and Kalash communities.

Chalalan Ecolodge is the most successful effort made by indigenous people in Bolivia and is 100% run and owned by our indigenous community.

Hospitality Kyrgyzstan, is an umbrella association uniting 18 diverse destination communities with more than 350 families in Kyrgyzstan.

Kakadu Culture Camp is owned and operated by Fred and Jenny Hunter, Aboriginal people from Australia’s Kakadu National Park. They live out bush (live in a tent) for eight months to operate the culture camp in the ‘tourist’ season, and work as park rangers in the ‘wet’ season.

Nutti Sami Sii in Sweden features reindeer sled trips, which is a way to preserve knowledge. Owners Nils Torbjörn Nutti and Carina Pingi are both Sami. Nils is a reindeer herder in Saarivuoma Sameby and Carina has her reindeer in Gabna Sameby.

Pathways Hotel in Micronesia promotes sustainable tourism through conservation efforts, environmental awareness, community assistance and marine management activities.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Canada is the only Cultural Centre in the world that shares the cultures of two distinct indigenous cultures in a visionary partnership on shared traditional territories. The Centre is staffed by Aboriginal Youth Ambassadors from both Nations.

In New Zealand, Taiamai Tours was founded by Ngati Hineira – Te uri Taniwha descendant Hone Mihaka of Ohaeawai Kaikohe in 2001. Our ancient customary practices of kaitiakitanga [guardianship] and manaakitanga [hosting people] connects us to our unique ancestral living landscapes in the Bay of Islands and the wider region of Northland.

Terenga Paraoa Tours highlights the traditional customs – Maori tikanga – in tours based in Whangarei, Northland New Zealand.

TIME Unlimited NZ Tours and Travel provides unique and high quality Auckland and Maori Cultural Tours in New Zealand.

Te Urewera Treks strives to operate in a sustainable manner in accord with Maori principles and values.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park showcases indigenous culture of the Tjapukai people, featuring theatrical performances and interactive activities in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Xe Pian National Protected Are features tours and accommodation 100% owned and managed by local communities in Xe Pian NPA, southern Lao PDR.

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How to avoid “Black Friday” and get good deals for the holidays

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 26, 2009

Yep… I’m really excited to share some anti-Black Friday tips.

“Black Friday” is the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year. Consumerism at it’s ugly peak!

If you are interested in avoiding the consumerism and still “contributing to the economy” and getting some good Christmas deals…. read on!

Totally into avoiding consumerism and still having a good time?

Get all revved up and join Reverend Billy on “Buy Nothing Day!” Fabulous Worships, Actions and Online Apparitions!
Come to Church! Wherein we refute, rebuff, and rebuke the mad-dash junkie rush of holiday shopping sin. In the Twin Cities check out the film “What Would Jesus Buy? Buy Nothing Day Screening!” It even includes footage of the Mall Of America…
Friday, November 27, 2009 10:30am.

Want to go green?

Electronics are big now but not everyone can afford them. So we’re heading out to buy refurbished laptops, ipods, etc. I just bought a ThinkPad and Ipod Shuffle today (Wed) at Reboot in Minneapolis for Black Friday prices. Reboot is the online leader in new life, or previously used, electronics. They reclaim, recycle, refurbish and remarket computers, laptops… I called on Monday and Tuesday to check around town for good prices. I was able to check out Reboot’s best prices and the best discounts and get the managers to let me come in today (day before Thanksgiving) and still receive the discount. Not only did I get a great discount, I got great service (not many folks in the store) and the pick of the best technology they offered. I got the tops and not picked-over merchandise!

Eat Green


Other good deals: Bought a Blue Sky Guide so was able to use my coupons at neighborhood co-ops to save over $35 on Thanksgiving dinner! Plus the Blue Sky Guides were offered as part of a fundraiser for my kid who is raising money to go on an environmental learning project next month. AND, they make great Christmas presents at $20 each!

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