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Archive for November, 2009

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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Indigenous Tourism & Biodiversity Website Award nominations by Nov 30th, 2009!

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 24, 2009

Nominations are open until November 30 for the 2010 Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. As of November 23, 2009 we have five applicants from three countries (Australia, Kyrgyzstan and New Zealand).

About the award
The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award is a collaborative effort between and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/UNEP (CBD) with the generous support of the Heidehof Foundation.

The award is aimed at private tourism services, owned and operated by indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles, and its main objectives are to motivate candidates to improve their online communication on biological and cultural diversity, to highlight their best practices in managing tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way and to raise operators and public’s awareness on biodiversity.


For the award’s second year, we are making a few changes. First, we ask that operations self-nominate. Behind the scenes we’re adding more judges and we are using more Web 2.0 to develop the award, starting with the award’s very own hashtag: #itbw10 (more info about tags and tagging).

The big news is that in 2010, the International year of Biodiversity, the Reisepavillon will feature the winners and host a web marketing workshop. Mark your calendar. We’ll share the best lessons learned.

November 30, 2009 – Nominations close

December 2009 – Confirmation of eligible candidates

January/February 2010 – Online voting

April 2010 – Winners of popular and jury award are invited to a face-to-face web-based marketing workshop at the Reisepavillon in Berlin, Germany

Eligibility and Criteria
Tourism services owned and operated by indigenous people and communities are eligible for the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. We prefer to receive applications from operations in business for at least three full years.

The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award creates an opportunity for indigenous people and communities to tell their stories direct to potential visitors by improving their websites. Among the criteria for selection, the website should …

* be regularly updated
* link to other relevant sites
* reflect indigenous ownership, authenticity and heritage
* encourage sustainable livelihoods, respect of life on earth
* be user-friendly
* be trustworthy
* provide clear contextual information
* have text in English
* add the award logo

Bonus points to applicants making the most of Web 2.0 channels, including Blogs, Facebook, Flickr, Google Earth, Twitter and YouTube. If you have these services or an RSS feed, let us know!

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I googled “sustainable travel, branson”

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 23, 2009

cause we’re going to Branson, Missouri.

didn’t get much….

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Checked out some local music tonight!

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 23, 2009

You come to Minnesota to look for some homegrown music? Here’s some historical and tasty suggestions:

Big Daddy Squeeze
Spider John Koerner

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Thanksgiving Travel

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 20, 2009

So we’re heading out onto the road next week, like many families and friends do, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday together. This time its time to visit my family, so we’re going to meet the Okies. And the place of choice is Branson, Missouri! Not the typical type of travel that we prefer. Branson is sometimes called the Hillbilly Las Vegas because of its cornpone buffets and musicals. Will it be a challenge for us to find sustainable lodging and food? So far it has been tough to track down. Please send me recommendations for organic dining and green hotels. What we do for family! 🙂

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