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Ron Mader is a recognized american leader and communication catalyst. Since 1998 Ron's professional work has focused on the broad movement toward ecotourism and responsible travel. He founded Planeta.com, the award-winning website, in 1994 as the Web's first specialty, ecotourism-focused website. Based in Oaxaca, México, Ron hosts a discussion series and an annual tourism fair held since 2001. Working with friends and colleagues in Mexico, Ron has developed a number of innovative events including Web workshops for artesanos, chocolate treasure hunts, photo safaris, tree walks and rugby tournaments. Ron earned a bachelor's degree in communication (1987) from Indiana University and a master's degree (1990) from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Ron has received many awards, including recognition from the Mexican government for exemplary tourism coverage. Presidents Fox and Zedillo presented Ron with the Lente de Plata Award in 1999 and 2002. American Environmental Leaders (2008) includes a profile of Ron for his work in environmental journalism and community activism. In 2010 he won the Innovation Awards presented by the International Ecotourism Society Ron is active on the lecture/conference circuit, having been a presenter at the World Ecotourism Summit (2002), the Mexico Ecotourism Conference (2003), the Aboriginal Australia Tourism Conference (2007) Ecotourism New Zealand Conference (2007), Belize Responsible Tourism Conference (2009), Estonia's European Ecotourism Conference (2010) and Responsible Tourism in Cities (South Africa, 2011). Ron developed the award-winning Planeta.com in 1994 as a reporter's notebook. Planeta pioneered online reporting focusing on practical ecotourism around the globe. The award-winning site provides free access to articles and resource guides for travelers, researchers and policy-makers. The site has won awards from major magazines and national governments. Ron's work catalyzes action toward environmental conservation, responsible travel and peacemaking. His presentations use social media and he documents his trips on Planeta.com as well as Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Twitter and YouTube. Ron is also the responsible travel contributing editor for the U.S.-based Transitions Abroad.

Mexico Monday Hangout May 5

by Ron Mader

Google+ Hangout
May 5, 1030am Mexico City Mexico Monday

On Monday, May 5 please join us for a lively conversation in English, Spanish and a bit of Zapotec as we talk about travel, culture and conservation. We’ll share insights and practical tips from friends who live in Mexico in a candid hangout streamed live via YouTube. Comments and questions are welcome via our Google+ event page.

#MexMonday Hangout Cinco de Mayo

Leaving Mexico

by Ron Mader

On a personal note, I will be leaving México in November 2013. I’ve talked about exit strategies before, but now the time seems perfect to make the leap.

Que te vas y te vas y te vas y no te has ido.

So to make the move, here are a couple of things you should be on the look out for:

October 5: Worldwide Photo Walk Oaxaca

February 2014: Responsible Travel Week

September 2014: Las Vegas Mezcal Festival

While I change my 10 months in México, two months travel routine to far less time in México, I cannot imagine not using the social web and physical networking to connect my paisanos to the México I’ve come to know and love. So one of the ideas kicking around is creating a brand new series of events that connect food and drink, tours and crafts and allow the stars of Mexican travel experiences to shine. The culmination would be a festival in a year’s time.

Those interested in connecting and collaborating, please let me know.

#LeavingMX

August 12 #MexMonday Travel Hangout

by Ron Mader

Planeta.com’s next #MexMonday Travel Hangout takes place Monday, August 12, from 4-5pm Mexico City time and will focus on Mexico. Planeta’s Mexico hangouts are unscripted conversation mostly in English and a smattering of Spanish and indigenous languages. Prepare to be adventurous and learn new words and phrases like yakxon and baax ka walik.

Questions are welcome before and during the livestreaming hangout. We pay special attention to the tweets on Twitter that have used the #MexMonday hashtag.

Our August conversation will be eclectic, reviewing on-the-ground and under-the-radar attractions in Mexico as well as Mexico on the Web, including social web channels Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Ranker, Slideshare, Twitter and YouTube. We will discuss current and upcoming events, recommended places, travel tips and tours, language classes and favorite foods including chocolatemole and mezcal.

You can RSVP and post your favorite Mexico resources online our Google+ event page:
https://plus.google.com/b/117694449145790663688/events/cvsrhu0gd04alv31hns328nav3g

Trivia Questions

Which Mexican park was recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List? Tip: the answer is on their Facebook page.
In November which Mexican city hosts a congress for World Heritage Cities?
Which Mexican churches are dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary?
Which Mexican baseball teams are in contention in the 2013 playoffs?

Planeta Directories
Learning Spanish in Mexico
Traveling in Mexico

What’s new?

Indigenous Peoples Week
Oaxaca: Tianguis Pochote Xochimilco Anniversary
Markets of Oaxaca – Transitions Abroad
Working legally in Mexico – Transitions Abroad
Four Strategies for Mexico to be a World Tourism Power
Xochimilco 360
Playas Limpias

Slideshare Faves

Mexico Now
Mezcal Treasure Hunt
Dichos
Indigenous Oaxaca

Wiki Wiki

mexico night
la betulia
df, aka mexico city
sonora

Ranker

What’s your favorite professional club in Mexico?
What’s your favorite colonial city in Mexico?

#MexMonday Travel Hangout August 12

Join us for Monday’s Mexico Google Hangout

by Ron Mader

Tomorrow, June 24 Planeta.com hosts the first of many Mexico-specific hangouts on Google+, 4pm CDT!

Talking Points
July events: Guelaguetza
Collecting Mexican folk art
Learning Spanish in Mexico

How to join a Google hangout
Get an account on Google+ which requires a Gmail address.
Let the hangout facilitator/organizer know of your interest in participating.

How to watch a Google hangout
If you want to watch a hangout, no login is required. You can view the hangout live or archived on YouTube.

Announcing our #MexMonday Hangout, June 24, 4pm CDT

All Travel is Local: Oaxaca’s Social Web Travel Workshop

by Ron Mader

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca – Planeta.com is organizing its most ambitious, innovative social web workshop March 19-22 titled All Travel is Local (Todos Viajes Son Locales).

The workshop will contribute toward the movement toward local travel in all its forms — conscious travel, indigenous travel, cultural travel, eco travel, responsible travel — using the social web and face-to-face encounters.

The workshop coincides with two important events: the anniversary of Benito Juárez’s birthday (March 21) and the Lent celebration of Friday of Sorrows (Viernes de Dolores) which rivals Muertos in the construction of elaborate altars.

No sit-down classroom seminar can rival the success of learning in a more stimulating environment with hands-on training. Participants receive practical tips for using the social web and an opportunity to meet locals in a World Heritage city.

We showcase good practices in Oaxaca’s public parks, traditional markets and world heritage sites which will be of interest to locals, Mexican nationals and foreigners. By structuring the event as a series of games and rallies, participants will learn how to make practical and responsible use of their smartphones.

Participants are asked to create accounts on the following sites: Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Google, Twitter, YouTube and WikiVoyage. Those with smartphones are asked to download the apps.

The workshop builds on a 10-year-plus history Ron Mader has in Oaxaca and nearly 20 years in Mexico. It also builds on the momentum generated in February during the fifth annual Responsible Travel Week.

Ron Mader has offered web workshops in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Oaxaca in Mexico as well as international clinics in Quito, Ecuador and Hyderabad, India, site of the recent Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The workshop agenda reflects the values of Open Space Technology in which participants have ample opportunity to move their two feet toward a variety of local events. This is a mobile training session in more ways than one. The workshop manifests Open Space’s Law of Two Feet which states: “If people find themselves in situations where they are neither learning nor contributing, they are responsible for moving to another place — using their two feet to find a place where their participation is more meaningful.”

The agenda and registration information is updated on the Oaxaca Wiki: oaxaca.wikispaces.com/local.

Circle the Dates! All Travel is Local Workshop March 18-22

The Law of Two Feet #openspace