Responsible Travel Week 2014: Wednesday

RoofDog: What is the value of attention?

Responsible Travel Week Day #3. Today’s challenge: Be attentive.

Attention is focusing consciousness and taking notice.

Let’s face it. There’s plenty of greenwash and misdirection in the world. We bemoan low attention spans and think there’s not much we can do about it.

If responsible travel could be sold like beer or wine or mezcal, we encourage ourselves to stay thirsty. But responsible travel is not a thing, not something consumed but rather an experience shared by visitors and locals alike!

Here’s the advice from Susan Sontag: “Pay attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”

There are plenty of ways of paying attention to responsible travel this week, including watching the hangouts, the #rtweek14 hashtag and reading the features in the column to the right. Friends around the world are telling their own stories, recommending and curating resources so that we do not have to reinvent the wheel. What works best for you?

Social Web Challenge: Wednesdays are the day in which we guide friends through the world of member-generated wikis. Keep an eye on the hashtag #WikiWednesday. Edit the Wikipedia or tweet a page of your choice from the Planeta Wiki.

Social Web Challenge #2: Watch our hangout! We believe in the idea that conversation is the new attention and if we cannot hold a global summit on responsible travel, the next best thing is to watch the conversations unfold in real-time!

Natural World

Workshop, False Bay CollegeCape Town, 1215-215pm


Elsewhere on the Web

Rethinking Tourism – Deborah McLaren –

Responsible Travel Handbook (2006) (PDF)@TransAbroad

Google+ Hangout830am PST

Participants: @BnZunni @Ruukel @GetLocalFlavor

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