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This we all know: Travel changes people. If nothing else, it broadens their horizons, and introduces them to new cultures, languages and ideas. Better yet, it helps them to see the world through other people's eyes, fundamentally alters the way they engage with… well, with everything, including themselves.

In anticipation of the New York Travel Festival ( #NYTF , more about that below), a group of leading scholars, sustainability advocates and travel-adventure planners/guides/specialists is coming together for a Google+ Hangout on Air to discuss and explore the kind of travel that transforms.

The panelists are:

* Dr. +Kelly Bricker -- Chair, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (; Chair, +The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) (; Associate Professor, Sustainable Tourism Management, University of Utah

* Ian OSullivan -- Founder, +Alternative Escapes 

* +Anna Pollock -- Founder, Conscious Travel (

* Susan Ross -- Professor, Recreation Therapy, San Jose State University; Author (

* moderator: +Ethan Gelber -- Founder/Editor, +The Travel Word (

Some of the topics likely to be tackled:

* the "eco-cultural" mindset: how the desire for social responsibility, ecological sustainability, cultural preservation and experiential authenticity is changing they way people think about travel. 

* what leads to transformation: the role of intention, self-awareness and social consciousness through cultural immersion that leads to transformation.

* the conditions for transformative travel: how to move toward designing and planning a life-changing adventure that can have a positive impact on the world. 

This panel has come together in conjunction with the New York Travel Festival and in anticipation of a second panel that will discuss similar topics.

The +New York Travel Festival (NY Trav Fest) is a reinvention of the concept of the consumer travel show. Designed for tech-savvy, immersive travelers, it is more than the standard glossy brochures and long waits at vendor booths typical of other shows. Instead, you get exactly what you need: direct access to and advice from the experts.

This includes a panel, called The Science Behind Transformative Travel (see, that carryies on the discussion of this Hangout. It will feature +Joe Diaz (Co-founder, +AFAR Media), +Mark Lakin (Co-founder, +Epic Road), Dr. Lynn Minnaert (Assistant Professor, New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management) and Ian OSullivan (Founder, Alternative Escapes), moderated by +Gabi Logan. This panel takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Scheduled for the weekend of April 26-27, the NY Trav Fest is hosting many panels, interactive discussions and hands-on workshops dealing with the kinds of hot-button travel topics and trends about which attendees are eager to learn more. 

The New York City-based festival commences at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd Street, between 1st and 2nd avenues in Manhattan) and continues on Sunday, April 27, at Hostelling International - New York (891 Amsterdam Avenue, at 104th Street in Manhattan).
This Hangout On Air is hosted by New York Travel Festival (NY Trav Fest). The live video broadcast will begin soon.

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I listen and make things, sometimes with words, sometimes with photos, sometimes with cardboard
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    1998 - 2013
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austin, texas - oaxaca de juarez, mexico - fort wayne, indiana - bloomington, indiana - henderson, nevada

Ron Mader is a professional speaker, communication coach and brave journalist, featured in American Environmental Leaders.

Ron's work catalyzes meaningful conversation and action about environmental conservation, ecotourism, responsible travel and peacemaking. His professional focus on ecotourism and responsible travel go back to research conducted in Costa Rica in 1989. In 1994 Ron launched, the web's first site dedicated to ecotourism and responsible travel.

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 is also the ecotourism and responsible travel contributing editor for Transitions Abroad.

Working in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ron has collaborated in the development of the local dialogue and an annual tourism fair held since 2001. Ron is one of the founders of the Zinacantli Rugby Club.

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Winner of 2011 Humility Award - No one is more humble than me!
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