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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 (http://www.gstcouncil.org); Chair, +The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) (http://www.ecotourism.org/); Associate Professor, Sustainable Tourism Management, University of Utah

* Ian OSullivan -- Founder, +Alternative Escapes (http://theultimatepackingguide.com)

* +Anna Pollock -- Founder, Conscious Travel (http://conscious.travel)

* Susan Ross -- Professor, Recreation Therapy, San Jose State University; Author (http://www.suzyross.com)

* moderator: +Ethan Gelber -- Founder/Editor, +The Travel Word (http://www.thetravelword.com)

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 http://sched.co/1fVGYkK), 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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Briefly touching reddit fame (Or: Meeting President Clinton)

http://roniweiss.com/2014/03/17/briefly-touching-reddit-fame-or-meeting-president-clinton/
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What, you're not shaking his hand? He's not even kissing your baby (as conveniently positioned as she is!)  Worst Presidential photo-op ever ;-)
Did you photo-bomb him, or something? He looks pretty unprepared to shake hands and kiss babies...
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If you are in NYC for +Social Media Week (February 17-21) and eager for an inside look at the state of the travel media, here's a panel worth considering. 

Brought to you by +Destination Accelerator (an initiative I co-manage) on Wednesday, Feb 19 from 4:30PM-5:45PM, it features editors from +Travel + Leisure, The New York Times - Travel, +BBC Travel, +AFAR, and Matador Network.

#smwnyc   #smwnyc14    #socialmediaweek   #socialmediaweek2014   #travel  +Mark Orwoll +Allison Busacca +Ross Borden +Roni Weiss 
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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 (http://www.gstcouncil.org); Chair, +The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) (http://www.ecotourism.org/); Associate Professor, Sustainable Tourism Management, University of Utah

* Ian OSullivan -- Founder, +Alternative Escapes 

* +Anna Pollock -- Founder, Conscious Travel (http://conscious.travel)

* Susan Ross -- Professor, Recreation Therapy, San Jose State University; Author (http://www.suzyross.com)

* moderator: +Ethan Gelber -- Founder/Editor, +The Travel Word (http://www.thetravelword.com)

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 http://sched.co/1fVGYkK), 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).
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Ahhh, religion.
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Reflecting on my 2013 and thinking about 2014...

Happy New Year, y'all.
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Thanks :)

Quite the shift, no?

(And Happy New Year to you, too!)
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Social Media Consultant, Travel/Events Blogger and Videographer, Connector
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  • RW Social
    Founder and Owner, 2009 - present
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Social media consultant, travel/events blogger, and connector. Co-created #TTOT, regular therapist on #NUTS and started RW Social, NY Trav Fest roni@roniweiss.com
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Co-creator of #TTOT, the biggest Twitter travel chat. Graduated w/ 2-year degree (w/ Honors) at 12, 4-year degree at 18. Visited every country in Europe, 6 of 7 continents.
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  • University of Washington
    English, 1999 - 2002
  • University of Washington
    Drama, 1999 - 2002
  • Edmonds Community College
    Digital Music
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