Tourism is among the world’s largest industries with the economy of entire nations dependent on it. But you don’t have to be an expert traveler to know that there are pluses and minuses to everything that comes along with the crowd. Join as as we talk about how tourism impacts social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. We’ll discuss its influence on local culture and communities, the transformative power of travel for the traveler, and the environmental impact of the travel industry – and more!
Impact Hub Bay Area 925 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94105 http://bayarea.impacthub.net
Schedule (in Pacific Standard Time)
Carol Smolenski, the Executive Director and one of the founders of ECPAT-USA, has been working in the field of children’s rights for over twenty years. She is a long-time nationally recognized leader working to stop the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. During her tenure at ECPAT-USA, it became the premier advocacy organization against child sexual exploitation. She has developed and managed projects to stop the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in the United States, the Riviera Maya and Cancun sections of Mexico and in Belize and in three cities in Brazil.
From 1997-2012, Malía Everette was the Director of Global Exchange’s popular and rapidly expanding Reality Tours program. During her tenure at Reality Tours she oversaw the growth and development of alternative travel programs, study seminars and fact finding human rights delegations to over 45 global destinations. From the US, to Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean, Malía promotes in-depth experiential education and socially responsible travel as an alternative to the type of “sun and fun” tourism that often results in cultural homogenization and does little to benefit local communities and host economies.
Oakland-based Jeff Greenwald is the author of six books, including Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World (for which he created the first international blog), and most recently Snake Lake, set in Nepal during the 1990 Democracy revolution. His stories and essays have appeared in Smithsonian, Afar, Wired, National Geographic Adventure, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Jeff also serves as Executive Director of Ethical Traveler, a global alliance of travelers dedicated to human rights and environmental protection (www.ethicaltraveler.org).