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I write this blog about ecotourism because I have a big interest in this topic and I do think it can make a difference. I want to share what I find/think interesting about it.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Online donation


In my previous message I talked about online donations tools as a kind of help for launching ecotourism project. I know it may sound borderline, but why not using such an instrument to enable people to make their project come true?

Here are more links to other platforms:

http://www.networkforgood.org/
http://www.firstgiving.com/
http://www.bringlight.com/

Hope it will to be useful for some people.
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Paris Solidarity Fair

Make Trade Fair album coverImage via WikipediaHey everyone,

I went to the Paris Solidarity Fair on Saturday and that reminded me one of the hurdles of getting involved in ecotourism: money. It is harder to lauch a business in this sector than for normal tourism for a couple of reasons (less significant return on investment, more risky, etc) because investors are not familiar with the concept or just do not see the point. I talked to different persons at this fair and we agreed that usually you start with our own money or through some kind of collect/donation. Here are some tools to help you get over this process of accumulating enough money to start:

http://www.izi-collecte.com/blog/
A French website that basically works as a platform and lets you build page on which you explain your project and invite people to finance it.

https://www.smartypig.com/
An American website that enables you to build a financial plan for a personal project and that lets family and friends seeing what you do and help you through donations.

I am still looking for this kind of website so please if you find more information leave a link.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Go to the Solidarity Fair in Paris

International Fairtrade Certification MarkImage via Wikipedia
Hey everyone,

Just would like to invite you to go to the Solidarity Fair in Paris this week end.
Here is the link:

http://www.salondessolidarites.org/

I know, you are wondering "what the hell is that linked to ecotourism?". Well, ecotourism is mainly about solidarity, understanding and help, and it seems to me that these values are shared by other field such as fair trade or solidarity in general. Moreover, it is the opportunity to meet interesting people (don't laugh at networking, if it is important in the corporate world it is vital in ecotourism!!) or discover new initiatives/actions/companies.

I will be there so I hope I can meet some of you.

CYA

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