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Who's listening in? Starts in 2 hours (1pm EST). I'll be there, talking about responsible and local travel in the U.S. (and the world)!
 
Starting in May 2015 Planeta.com and Get Local Flavor co-host a series of live streaming hangouts to bring together individual leaders and communities in the USA to promote social and environmental responsibility within the travel sector. 

Join a lively discussion of all things related to responsible travel in the USA! Free participation. 

Dates:
May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Hangout Times across the USA
1-2pm Eastern
12-1pm Central
11am-12pm Mountain
10-11am Pacific
7-8am Hawaii

Organizers
Ron Mader, Planeta.com
http://planeta.com

Deborah McLaren, GetLocalFlavor.com
http://getlocalflavor.com

Guests

Ethan Gelber
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EthanGelber/posts
https://twitter.com/thetravelword

Christine Mackay
https://plus.google.com/u/0/100282364392032947855/posts
https://twitter.com/Crooked_Trails

May 8 Hangout YouTube Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6otjos04-s

May 8 Google Event Page
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cp9av2976j3pva661ds2jjbrh10

Blog
https://ronmader.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/may-8-hangout-responsible-local-travel-in-the-usa

Storify
https://storify.com/ronmader/localtravelusa

Slideshare
http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/localtravelusa
http://www.slideshare.net/deborahmclaren/responsible-local-travel-in-the-usa-eat-local-stay-local-buy-local

Wiki Topics
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/localtravelusa
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/local
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/food
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/rt
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/usa
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/agritourism
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/cycling
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/plastic
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/sustainability
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/travel
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/usawild
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/workshops

Wiki Places
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/lasvegas
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/minneapolistpaul
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/basinandrange
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/usa

Elsewhere on the Web
https://vimeo.com/51501697
http://www.outbounding.org
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Soz. Son has invited me to the pub. (No contest!)
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Psyched to be bringing great personalities into play about important topics of interest to travel writers and bloggers -- cultural and ethnic diversity in travel writing, and the ethics of the new market in travel writing (i.e., what to do about sponsored content).
 
We've partnered with +Outbounding.org to host workshops tackling ethics and diversity on both days of #NYTF '15. Our member +The Travel Word has a big role in them too. Learn more and then get your admission ticket!
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One of tomorrow's excellent distractions!
 
Inspirational Travel

This week +Mike Young is back from his travels to Louisiana (home territory for Mike), updating material for Mikes Travel Guide (http://mikestravelguide.com) So we'll hear what he's been up to.

And +Ethan Gelber will be here to talk about a book he has edited, Adventures Less Ordinary (http://www.inspiredescapes.com/ebook), published a few weeks ago, promoting inspiring travel for a new generation of engaged travellers who want to learn about, and have a responsible impact on, the communities they visit.

You can ask 'inspired' questions using the Q&A app (top right on video screen) any time before the hangout starts or while we are 'on air'.

Image: CC Flickr/Ben Belske https://flic.kr/p/bgjZjB
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If +Alastair McKenzie is a distraction, I don't want to be right. Love these coffeebreaks!
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Just launched! At long last. The book I edited, Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, a free e-guide to mindful adventures, is now live. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading advocates for travel that makes a difference, this how-to handbook is for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure -- one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

Early praise has called it "long overdue," "a breath of fresh air," full of "tremendous insight," "impressive" and even "the most important book on travel ever written," so we think we've done something useful. If you nurture a free-spirited and adventure-minded desire for more to travel than just getting somewhere and being there, please register to receive your free copy at http://bit.ly/1wvCUDS.#MendNotEnd
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Bravo Ethan! Where can we get it?

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Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity (http://www.thetravelword.com/2014/12/15/adventures-less-ordinary-travel-generosity/)

This is part the Editor’s Note I wrote for “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good,” a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a handbook for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

Many thanks to the following for their contributions: Sarah Brown, Cheryl Chapman, David Clemmons, +Sophie Dubus, +Diana Edelman, Christine Garde, +Sallie Grayson, +Alice Gugelev, +kakuta hamisi, Cole Hoover, +Mark Horoszowski, +Sonal Kadchha, Chris Mackay, +Anna McKeon, +Shannon O'Donnell, Stephen Partridge, +Anna Pollock, +Amy E. Robertson, Jorge Sandoval, +Jeremy Smith, +Vicky Smith and +Sarah Vandenberg.

#voluntourism   #socimp   #MendNotEnd   #GoVolunteer   #GoAbroad  
cc: +Matthew Barker +Gregory Hubbs +Ron Mader +Aly Mahan +Jessica Voigts 
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Just a little over an hour to go for the the start of this Hangout on Air about voluntourism with +Shannon O'Donnell, +Sallie Grayson, +Anna McKeon and +Amy E. Robertson
 
For more than two weeks, a clutch of passionate travelers, consultants and operators has used an Outbounding discussion page for a frank and remarkably rich exchange about responsibility and voluntourism. This Hangout on Air is an extension and expansion of that discussion.   

You can visit the discussion page at http://outbounding.org/discussion/view/can-we-mend-not-end-voluntourism.

Panelists:
* +Sallie Grayson, Program Director of people and places
* +Anna McKeon, Independent Consultant for Better Volunteering, Better Care
* +Shannon O'Donnell, Founder of +A Little Adrift and GrassrootsVolunteering.org
* +Amy E. Robertson, Author of 'Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America' (Moon Travel Guides); Contributing Editor of +Transitions Abroad
* +Ethan Gelber, Co-founder of +Outbounding.org (co-moderator) 
* additional participants may be announced

The complex and broad range of issues raised in the Outbounding discussion has sparked an incredible volume of reactions. A recent tweet even identified the forum as "probably the best volunteer voluntourism discussion online - ever."

But it hasn't just been a continuation of the sometimes superficial scrutiny and overly generalized criticism under which volunteer travel has recently come. Instead, there's an emphasis on solutions, shared responsibility and shared benefits through informed and transparent consultation. 

Who's in that shared space? Consumers, sending and receiving volunteer organizations and, especially, local communities. There is a role to play for everyone in the process of driving positive change in and through voluntourism. But how can we bring it about? What is the minimum due diligence required for different players? How can we work together to improve: 

Responsibility in voluntourism: How can we get the message out about voluntourist responsibility? Whose responsibility is it to ensure volunteer travel is responsible?

Volunteer skill levels: Do volunteers have adequate time and skills to create positive impact? Can unskilled volunteers ever be of service?

Transparency: What is the relationship between volunteer placement companies and their projects? Do they vet volunteers for the skills a project needs? Have they built the project with local communities, when appropriate?

Voluntourism with children: What resources and support do volunteer organizations need in order to improve how they manage situations involving volunteers and children?

These are just some of the topics likely to be broached during this Google+ Hangout on Air. We hope you will join us and the following panelists, most of them major contributors to the Outbounding discussion and leaders in the voluntourism space. 

cc: +Matthew Barker +Sonja Holverson +I&I Travel Media +The Travel Word  #volunteer   #volunteering   #volunteerabroad   #volunteerism   #voluntourism
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In case you haven't seen this, if you're interested in sustainability (in anything, but especially tourism), this is definitely going to be interesting. I'm moderating a Hangout with sizable group of luminaries (thought leaders and practitioners) on the subject. Tune in at 9am EST / 1pm GMT.
 
In celebration of Earth Day, join us on Wednesday, April 22, at 9am EST / 1pm GMT, for a free, live and unscripted conversation with Jochen Zeitz and others (see below) from The Long Run, an important global initiative focused on applying an innovative sustainability philosophy to private protected areas, their local communities and nature-based sustainable tourism worldwide.

Jochen Zeitz has been featured aplenty as a businessman with a strong conscience. Earlier this month he was profiled in The Independent (UK) as a millionaire in a race to save the world. 

There is indeed a good bit of that about him. For 18 years, he was the chief executive and chairman of +PUMA, and widely credited with rekindling interest in the brand (and "greening" it). More recently, among many other things, in 2013 he launched +The B Team with Sir Richard Branson and other prominent business leaders who believe there is a way to balance economic profit with the health and vitality of people and the planet.

Another of Zeitz's initiatives, originally established under his Zeitz Foundation's umbrella, is The Long Run, the mission of which is to create and support ecologically and socially responsible destinations around the world for positive impact and sustainability, not just for today but for The Long Run. This is achieved through the holistic balance of Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (the 4Cs), and a Global Ecosphere Retreats® (GER) standard that has been called "the world’s best standards for privately protected areas" (Dr. Jeff A. Langholz).

The waters run deep with the people involved in The Long Run, so on this 45th annual Earth Day, please take an hour to sit with Jochen Zeitz and others as we talk about:

* the global sustainability movement (a perfect topic for Earth Day!) and how The Long Run fits into it;
* whether The Long Run is just another certification scheme and why customers should care;
* how is The Long Run and its members are promoting, innovating and enhancing sustainable tourism;
* The Long Run as a newly independent, not-for-profit organization, and what it means to be separating from The Zeitz Foundation.

Participants:
* Jochen Zeitz, a leader 100% dedicated to sustainability and changing the future of business
* Delphine Malleret King (PhD), The Long Run, Natural Resource Management Coordinator & Technical Assistance, The Long Run
* Nabil Tarazi, Founder & Managing Director, EcoHotels / +Feynan Ecolodge (Jordan)
* Michael Lutzeyer, Owner & General Manager, +Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (South Africa) & Julie Cheetah, Director of The Grootbos Foundation
* Arnfinn Oines, Social & Environmental Conscience, +Soneva Kiri Resort & Residences (Thailand) & +Soneva Fushi Resort & Residences (Maldives)
* Karen Lewis, Owner, +Lapa Rios Ecolodge (Costa Rica) 
* Suzan Crag, Owner, Tahi (New Zealand)
* Priscilla Murillo, +Pacuare Lodge (Costa Rica)
* +Ethan Gelber (moderator), Founder/Editor, The Travel Word

For more information about The Long Run, Jochen Zeitz and this Hangout, go to http://bit.ly/1NMPgAr.
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Good day Mr. Gelber, we would like to formally invite you to become one of our writers for our company AuthorsHome. 
Interested people/group can send their resume to authorshomerecruitment@gmail.com and also to know more details about our company. You are sure of a good pay!
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Remember that book I edited about volunteer and philanthropic travel? It was launched a couple of months ago to welcome acclaim. Well, travel-industry website +Skift just published an interview with me about it, written by +Jason Clampet and also featuring +Sallie Grayson and +Vicky Smith. Wonderful to have more word of it out there and continuing to spread!

cc: +Inspired Escapes +Matthew Barker +Aly Mahan +Sophie Dubus +Diana Edelman +Alice Gugelev +Anna McKeon +Anna Pollock +Shannon O'Donnell +Jeremy Smith +Carlos Topete +Ayako Ezaki +Wandering Educators +Jessica Festa +Unearth the World +Gregory Hubbs +Ron Mader +Daniela Papi +David Clemmons +Mark Horoszowski +Sonal Kadchha +Amy E. Robertson +Sarah Vandenberg 

#voluntourism   #volunteering   #travelphilanthropy  
Combining volunteering with tourism may seem like a good idea on the surface, but it is usually an excuse for a tour provider to overcharge participants wi
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Thanks, still and always, for the comment and the support! We are still pushing the word out. Apropos of which, I have something for you from Matt. I just keep getting distracted. Will do my best to make this a priority tomorrow.
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This is going to be good! Learn all about the book I edited (launched last month) about volunteer and philanthropic travel... from me and others who participated in the process.
 

New guest update:

In addition to +Ethan Gelber  , the editor of the Adventures Less Ordinary book, we also have one of the contributors to the book. +Mark Horoszowski ,  is the founder of Moving Worlds (https://movingworlds.org/) a social enterprise helping people find the best place to volunteer their skills.

And +Matthew Barker  was largely responsible for the overall initiative behind the publication and its association with the specialist tour operator, Inspired Escapes (http://www.inspiredescapes.com/), which is how it got to be, in the words of well-respected travel blogger, +Jessica Voigts , "hands down, the best book on travel I've ever read" and at the same time, remain FREE of charge!
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Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another
(http://www.thetravelword.com/2015/01/24/every-rhino-matters-whether-justonerhino-another/)

This is my contribution to the #JustOneRhino  fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. Click here for more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and be in the running for $30,000 in raffle prizes!
This is our contribution to the #JustOneRhino fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. Click here for more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and be in the running for $30,000 in raffle prizes!
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I am pleased (and a bit flattered) to have been the subject of such a fantastically supportive interview by +Jessica Voigts of +Wandering Educators.
 
Love this book - that will change the world! And - it's free. download today! thanks, +Ethan Gelber
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Happy to do so, Ron!
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Rohan (my son), along with some of his friends, hits the big time in a +The New York Times video. Even if I weren't his dad and proud of his reactions, I'd think this was outrageously cute. There's also a great photo spread in this weekend's print magazine.

Now if only I could be treated to a similar meal (hint hint). Kudos and congrats to +Daniel Boulud for making the kids feel so welcome.
Students from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn learn the fine points of French cuisine at one of New York’s poshest restaurants.
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Through my writing, editing and networking, my primary focus of recent years has been to agitate for responsible/sustainable practices, focus on keeping things local, and push for quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing.
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  • Freelance writer
    1995 - present
    As a professional communications strategist and freelance writer, in addition to one-off articles hither and thither, I have or have had ongoing gigs as a Lonely Planet author (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/members/ethangelber), Huffington Post blogger (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethan-gelber/), AFAR Ambassador (http://afar.com/travelers/ethan-gelber), Open Places eco-columnist (http://openplac.es/users/bikeabout), and staff writer for the now-defunct Travelllll.com.
  • EcoAdventure Media
    Co-founder, 2013 - present
    EcoAdventure Media (http://www.ecoadventuremedia.com) is a platform for supporting eco-conscious brands.
  • The Travel Word
    Founder / Editor, 2010 - present
    The Travel Word (http://www.thetravelword.com), is a multi-user website that showcases responsible, sustainable and local travel.
  • Destination Accelerator
    Co-founder, 2012 - present
    Destination Accelerator (http://destinationaccelerator.com) is education and networking opportunities for destination marketers.
  • Outbounding.org
    Co-founder, 2013 - present
    OutBounding is a community-driven platform to identify and celebrate excellent travel content. Read more at http://www.outbounding.org.about.
  • WHL Group
    Chief Communications Officer, 2008 - 2013
    The WHL Group (http://www.whl-grouo.com) is the largest local-travel company in the world. It includes brands like Urban Adventures, Hotel Link Solutions, Lime&Tonic, whl.travel, Green Path Transfers and more.
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Through my writing, editing and networking, my primary focus of recent years has been to agitate for responsible/sustainable practices, focus on keeping things local, and push for quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing.
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