Every volcanic ash cloud has a silver lining. While the recent volcanic eruption has disrupted flights to Europe — canceling my plans to attend this year’s Reisepavillon — perhaps we can make something good out of the situation.
This week I was supposed to fly to the land of my ancestors to attend the prestigious tourism event and present the winners of this year’s Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. That’s not happening, so I propose a bold strategy of using the Web to show the Web is used in a practical way of linking travelers to indigenous communities and vice-versa.
The face-to-face ITBW workshop that was scheduled for Saturday will instead take a freer form throughout this entire week. We’ll ask the winners, finalists and nominees of the ITBW Award to step up and introduce themselves via a gamut of Web 2.0 channels including including Skype, Delicious, Flickr, Slideshare, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook.
In the meantime, if you have news about the disruption, use the hashag #ashtag (now that’s clever!).