Tag Archives: 2013

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


Guelaguetza

by Ron Mader

The Guelaguetza is one of Mexico’s most important festivals. The ‘big days’ are two Mondays in late July when the regional dances are performed in the ginormous auditorio, but the atmosphere that pervades Oaxaca is a celebration that transcends the marathon performance. Today is the octava and the conclusion of the best Guelaguetza season in years.

You can get a taste of the event through livestreaming video at 10am and 5pm http://www.livestream.com/munioax 

Can’t make it this year? Mark your calendars – July 22 and 29, 2013.

Guelaguetza 2013