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2016 Responsible Travel Week Preview
by Ron Mader


Publication date: November 2015

Everyone's invited! Responsible Travel Week 2016

FLICKR ALBUM: Responsible Travel

One of's tentpole events, Responsible Travel Week manifests our commitment toward effective communication and collaboration. Responsible travel is not an ethical dilemma of whether to have fun or be responsible. We can do both!

2016 is the eighth year for Responsible Travel Week
and's 17th year of innovative conferencing. Back in 2000 we started our tradition of inclusive online conversation and in 2016 we expect our global conversation to take a great leap forward thanks to inspired participation. There are plenty of ways to get involved with local and online events. Registration is open, pwyw.

Crowdsourced and crowdfunded, Responsible Travel Week amplifies down-to-earth applications of noble concepts including responsible travel, conscious travel and ecotourism with the inexpensive social web. Think of this as a way to move beyond silos and share the information and questions we have. We have the tools in our hands to plan trips, to welcome visitors, to make the world a better place. We welcome financial donors, including individuals and institutions willing to invest in a more formal approach, including awards and workshops focused on digital literacy training.

Fall in love with responsible travel and let us know your plans and level of engagement. Schedule your own event or stage a viewing party.

What participants get out of an event depends on what's put in. Start the year on a clean slate. We recommend budgeting time before, during and after the week to make the most of networking opportunities. If you introduce your interests and interact with others even a modest investment of time can pay off spectacularly with new ideas and contacts. Be inspired and be inspiring!

Goals for 2016

This year we will use Responsible Travel Week to focus attention on upcoming events. How do they connect to responsible travel?

March 7-11 Open Education Week #openeducationwk
April 4-10 International Dark Sky Week #IDSW2016
August 8-14 Indigenous Peoples Week 2016 #ipw6
September 2016 World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
December 2016 13th Convention on Biological Diversity (Cancún, México) #cbdcop13

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Everyone's invited! Responsible Travel Week 2016 Everyone's invited! Responsible Travel Week 2016



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