World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held September 22-23, 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Key Links

Also see:
September 24-26 International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (New York City, USA)







Free Poster: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples #wcip2014 @un4Indigenous @WCIP2014 (attribution-share alike license)

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Hangout with Us: World Tourism Day 2014

World Tourism Day is September 27! hosts a 1-hour conversation via Google+ hangout and will be streamed live on YouTube Thursday, September 25 from 10-11am PDT (1pm Mexico, 6pm London, Friday, September 26 5am Auckland).

This year’s World Tourism Day spotlights tourism and community development. We’ll update’s guide to Community Tourism and ask our guests about their experiences around the globe.

Community development is of particular interest as it’s hard to see the point of travel if you do not get the opportunity to meet the locals in a way that is mutually beneficial. That said, tourism often has a negative impact and we must find ways now to diminish the damages that irresponsible travel causes.

We also need to work toward more practical views of tourism in communities, particularly rural communities. Far too often governments and NGOs alike promote tourism as a motor for economic development without the wherewithal to collaborate with communities over the long-haul. Far too many white elephant visitors centers and unused cabins dot the landscape. Far too many rural tourism officials lack the capacity in simple communication — how many non-functioning websites and emails are out there in 2014 that promote community tourism?


  • What are examples of tourism that benefit communities?
  • How do communities minimize negative impacts of tourism?
  • How can the Web be used to promote responsible travel to rural communities?
  • How can local, regional and national governments, universities, NGOs and media best assist community tourism?
  • What is the difference between community tourism, community-based tourism and community-driven tourism?
  • How do travelers visit a rural community in the rhythm of the community?


Enrique Cabanilla
Anders Kärrstedt
Sonja Holverson
Sisa Ngondo


No registration is required to watch the livestreaming hangout. You can watch the event and comment via the Google+ event page:

Bonus points if you share the event via social web channels. Questions for our guests are welcome before and during the hangout.

Elsewhere on the Web

Flickr: World Tourism Day Group

Please share photos of community tourism, rural travel, capacity building and development initiatives in the realm of conscious travel around the world for this year’s celebration.

Sep 25 World Tourism Day Hangout #wtd2014 @nuttisamisiida @SonjaSwissLife @ecabanilla @unwto

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Mexico Hangout (September 2014)

What’s the best way to learn what’s new in Mexico? Easy – talk with Mexican friends!

Among the topics of conversation: upcoming events including the September 15-16 Fiestas Patrias and the November 1-2 Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). What should visitors know before their vacation in Mexico? Questions will be answered by the local experts in this engaging, unscripted conversation.

Confirmed guests for our September 2014 hangout are Marlene Ehrenberg and Verena Gerber, good friends and winners of the Colibri Ecotourism Award.

The 1-hour conversation takes place via a Google+ hangout and will be streamed live on YouTube Thursday, September 11 from 6-7pm Mexico Time (CDT).

Language: 90% English with some Spanish and indigenous vocabulary

You can watch the event and comment via the Google+ event page:

Mexico Hangout, September 2014 @HotelXixim @marehrenberg

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National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas #nces7

This week in Las Vegas

September 4 Clean Energy Summit
Hashtag: #NCES7

Recommended Reading:
Top Innovators in User Friendly Clean Energy
Why Democrats Are Headed for Vegas

National Clean Energy Summit @ Las Vegas 08.2014 #nces7 @cleanenergyNV

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September 2014 Calendar: Blue Sky Thinking in Las Vegas @HighRollerVegas @TheLINQ @TravelNevada #nv150

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Founder’s Day for National Parks in the USA

Happy Birthday!

Two year countdown until the BIG party that celebrates the centennial of national parks in the USA. Today (August 25) is Founder’s Day, a good opportunity to learn about the US conservation movement and bonus (!) free entrance to the national parks for US residents and visitors alike.

Some history. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act” which stated that the “[National Park Service] will conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

August 25 is Founder's Day for the National Park Service @GoParks @NatlParkService @ParksTraveler #usawild

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Commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today we are treated to a livestreaming event from the United Nations, 3pm New York City time webcast at commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We also enjoyed a global tweetchat hosted by India’s The Alternative : #untravel #ipw4 Indigenous Travel Tweetchat, 8pm IST, 7:30am PDT

It’s time to say thanks to friends and colleagues who have shared some great resources via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. The following is recommended reading for everyone interested in indigenous travel:

The Sherdukpen Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh – The North-East India Travel Blog@greenpastin

NZ Maori Tourism@DigitalMaori

Moken surin islands

Northern Arizona Native American Culture Trail

Celebrating the Sinagua

The Begun Tribe

Soligas, the tree tribe of B.R. Hills

El Chilam Balam Radio – @elChilamBalam


Buzzwords: livestreaming, tweetchat, untravel

Indigenous Wiki: Maori: The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300.

Te Wiki o Te Tangata Whenua (Indigenous Peoples Week), Aug 4-10 @timeunlimited @localtravels @nuttisamisiida #tekupu #ipw4

Live: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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