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Five Long-Time Families at the Heart of Boulder County

This is a feature article that appeared in print YellowScene Magazine’s annual Home&Hood. May, 2014 For PDF article, click here.
Five Long-Time Families at the Heart of Boulder County

Dumpster Diving, Freely Giving and the Man Who Quit Money

Like a good book should, The Man Who Quit Money changed the way I see a few things. It changed the way I see money – rather than an absolute or a given, it’s a convention that (almost) all of us subscribe to. It changed the way I see my home state of Colorado, where Daniel is from. Mark Sundeen’s account of Daniel Suelo’s life also changed the way I see dumpsters. (More)...
Dumpster Diving, Freely Giving and the Man Who Quit Money

Community-based Tourism Development: The Syllabus

Check it out - I'm an educator. After almost a year of developing an online course for the Certificate in Community-Based Development through Village Earth and Colorado State University, the 5-week course begins next week. It's called Community-Based Tourism Development, and I'm pretty excited about it. (More)...
Community-based Tourism Development: The Syllabus

The Dos And Don’ts Of Voluntourism

In Quito, Ecuador, medical professionals spend two weeks correcting cataracts – pro bono. In Kenya, handfuls of Hollywood stars try "making a difference" at orphanages. At the same time, these volunteers are having a travel experience. They stay in hotels, eat in restaurants and try to bond with locals. They are volunteer traveler hybrids known as voluntourists. Can they really see the world and save it too? (More)...
The Dos And Don'ts Of Voluntourism

Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism: A Point/Counterpoint

Is climate change the biggest challenge to tourism sustainability in the 21st century? The academic Journal of Sustainable Tourism started this year off with a debate about climate change and sustainable tourism. (More)...
Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism: A Point/Counterpoint

How to Organize a Citywide Scavenger Hunt

Last summer my best friend came to visit me in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. I wanted to pay tribute somehow to the city’s beautiful historical downtown, and to give my friend a tour of the city more memorable than a sight-seeing trip with tour guide headphones. So I organized a citywide scavenger hunt: experiential, real-life fun, that utilized the web to make it happen. (More)...
How to Organize a Citywide Scavenger Hunt

Tourism and Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural India: a Research Proposal

Empirical research in rural India indicates a ¨high education trap¨ that fails to reward higher education with higher wages after a certain point, and that this trap penalizes women especially. Meanwhile, research of tourism labor in developing countries implies greater benefits for women than for men in tourism employment. This proposed study would gather qualitative, empirical data about community-based tourism employment in rural India and its capacity to address this trap. The ‘sustainable livelihoods framework’ would be used as a theoretical framework for the research. (More)...
Tourism and Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural India:  a Research Proposal

Book review: ‘The Art of Political Murder’ by Francisco Goldman

Good fiction weaves threads of truth into a fabric of narrative invention. In The Art of Political Murder, Francisco Goldman inverts this order. He gives a non-fiction account of the Guatemalan human rights activist and bishop Juan Gerardi in 1998. In Goldman’s journalistic investigation of the murder and its aftermath, he untangles threads of secrecy and deceit, He then weaves them into a fabric of historical record so compelling that it reads like pulsating fiction. (More)...
Book review: 'The Art of Political Murder' by Francisco Goldman

Contribution of Volunteer Tourism to Organic Farms: An analysis of the WWOOF exchange in Canada

Abstract: This study demonstrates that volunteers can contribute valuable labor, among other benefits, to their host farm destinations. The study uses data from volunteer and host farm applications to the WWOOF Canada organization, as well as a survey delivered to the host farms. The contribution of volunteer tourists to organic farms as human resources is an example of a symbiotic relationship or synergy between tourism and environmental projects. (More)...
Contribution of Volunteer Tourism to Organic Farms: An analysis of the WWOOF exchange in Canada

Begging the Question: The Dilemma of Tourism and Street Children

Abstract: This article examines the relationship between tourism and begging street children in destinations. It looks at one empirical study that has been made on the topic in Madagascar, and reviews travel guides and online travel information for advice to travelers about how to address begging and street children. There is a lack of consensus on the relationship between tourism and begging street children. More research and discussion is due. (More)...
Begging the Question: The Dilemma of Tourism and Street Children