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Do planet and profit need to be at odds?

Do planet and profit need to be at odds?

DestinationThink! is getting ready for its Summit in New York in October (pdf) and one of the themes is titled Profit and Planet. Partly in preparation, the following discussion formed the third in a series of interviews conducted by David Archer of Destination Think!...

Has the growth of tourism become a wicked problem?

Has the growth of tourism become a wicked problem?

This post describes the characteristics of “wicked problems” and suggests that given forecasts of tourism’s continued growth, the term might apply. The designation is important because wicked problems cannot be solved in conventional ways. A new kind of thinking is required.

Why Tourism Needs More Meerkats and Fewer Ostriches

Why Tourism Needs More Meerkats and Fewer Ostriches

The capacity to thrive in periods of change develops when people behave like meerkats and look out for one another and the group. Given a potential unwillingness to identify “over tourism” as a threat to tourism, it would appear there are more ostriches at work and we need more meerkats.

Travel + Social Good – It all starts with Why

Travel + Social Good – It all starts with Why

On Wednesday of this week I set off for New York to join 150 people committed to figuring out how to make responsible tourism go mainstream at the  Travel + Social Good 2016 Summit. I’m encouraged because it won’t be a talkfest but a re-design workathon. I am...

An invitation to explore the beneficence of limits

An invitation to explore the beneficence of limits

Tell a two year old not to touch something (especially a yummy looking cake); to share their favourite toy; or it's time for bed, and you'll likely get an uncensored reaction, possibly a stamping of the feet, a defiant, screaming NO. It's at this young age we have...

Goodness and Wisdom Come in Threes

Goodness and Wisdom Come in Threes

For three hundred years or so, so-called western society has operated in the world shaped by an Old Story – the story of separation, scarcity, and fear that together generate a need by many to hoard and control. Over the past 60 or more years, that story has been...

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