Rural tourism development: Lessons from New Zealand

2 Mar

Located at roughly the same latitude south as Oregon is north, New Zealand has similar population density and land mass. Both places have volcanic mountains, dramatic shoreline, rich culture, quirky arts, verdant forests, great wine and strong environmental stewardship. This first of what I anticipate to be several posts focuses on tourism development innovations inspired by our recent trip to New Zealand!


Message in a waffle

15 Feb

After two weeks visiting family up and down the East Coast, we were anxious to get home. But a blizzard socked us in for three extra nights. When you have time on your hands away from home, out of your routines, you notice different things. You cross paths with others who are out of their element as well. At least I did. Over waffles.


Cultivating nonprofit fans

12 Feb

Cultivating passionate fans is a critical skill for nonprofit leaders. Research demonstrates that effective nonprofits “inspire evangelists” in support of their mission. How exactly can we do this? We can draw surprising lessons for nonprofits by observing what drives ordinary people to roam city streets in costume and pay thousands of dollars to attend the Superbowl game.


What I learned from the wolf moon

5 Feb

The January full moon is known as the “wolf moon” by the Algonquin tribes of North America. It’s the wolf moon because on moonlit nights deep in midwinter, hungry wolves are visible as they howl. In warmer months, the full moons have gentle names; strawberry moon, corn moon, buck moon. The wolf moon, however, casts long dangerous shadows.


Giving directions by where things used to be

6 Jan

I’m preparing to visit Chicago, a place I lived many years ago. I’ve only been back once since, and I’m curious to see what’s changed. I think that’s why the lyrics from a favorite folk song keep running through my mind today. The song is called Home to Me by Jim Henry, and the memorable line is “I give out directions by where things used to be.”