Jon gives a variety of topics, all with an interpretive and rhetorical style often unique at the conferences and seminars that he attends.
“Participatory Interpretive Frameworks Can Increase Community Involvement in Interpretive Heritage Site Planning”
June 2013. Presented at the International Interpretation Conference in Sigtuna, Sweden sponsored by Interpretation Europe, NAI, and the Swedish Center for Nature Interpretation. Workshop/talk about how to use Module 2 of the Public Use Planning Process and the importance of making interpretation more participatory. Co-presented virtually with Nuno Domingos. www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6gaVEtJ9ro&list=PL915DA24807BBAD31
“Can We Train Citizens of Different Educational Levels to Offer Interpretive Programs?”
June 2013. Co-presented with Marisol Mayorga at the same conference about how different interpretation users require different kinds of trainings and only by working together can they make interpretation a development tool. Co-presented virtually with Carlos Rosero. Video to come. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wEyuwi8EKc
“¿Qué es realmente real? Nueva visión de la autenticidad y su papel en la interpretación y el turismo alternativo”
Octber 2012. Talk at a conference entitled "Alternative Tourism is a successful and sustainable growth industry" and hosted by the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur in Cabo San Lucas. Given again at the University of Costa Rica. Video to come.
“Way Beyond Darwin: Evolution of Human Consciousness and the Future of Interpretation”
May 2011. Talk at the international interpretation conference in Panama, sponsored by the National Association for Interpretation. I gave a first rendition of the talk at the University of Costa Rica in Spanish on 15 March.
Talk about the Future of Interpretation
October 6. Sponsored by the US Embassy and the Sustainable Tourism Network of Colombia, Jon gives his keynote address a second time but in Bogota at the Universidad Externado. Click on invitation. www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPoMKDxBDGY
September. Jon gave the opening talk in Spanish entitled “Well-Planned Tourism Can be a Force for Biodiversity Conservation” for the 8th such meeting, held in Medellin.
Interpretive Talk on the African Savannah
January. Jon gave a multi-media interpretive talk to Costa Rican tourists who will be taking a tour of Kenya and Tanzania with the Costa Rican outbound operator Mundo Expeditions.
US State Dept. Lecture Tour in Africa on Ecotourism Development, Part II
June 09. Jon visited
An Opening Talk in UNESCO Training in Montenegro
May, Durmitor National Park. Jon attends a workshop sponsored by UNESCO and UNEP to train World Heritage Sites in Southeastern Europe on tourism planning and management. Jon gives one of the opening talks about barriers to implementing park plans and (second talk) on whether stakeholders should be co-creators or competitors in park planning.
Holistic Interpretive Guide Training Enables the Institution as well as the Guide
November. Jon presented at the National Association for Interpretation annual conference on the theory behind holistic training and Fermata’s Interpretive Training Program. Portland, OR
Ecotourism: Jumping Hurdles to Environmental Protection and Local Economic Development
August, Africa. Jon earned his second Strategic Speaker Initiative Grant with the US State Department, this time to visit Africa for two weeks to discuss ecotourism development. His last grant took him to Ecuador and Bolivia last September on the topic of environmental interpretation (see below). Media coverage can be found at the US Embassy in Cameroon, Liberia, and papers in Cameroon (AfricaNews with video, Eden, The Post, African Travel Guide, All Africa ) as well as Liberia (The Analyst).
Barriers to Implementing SINAC Tourism Plans
March. Jon presented the argument to a meeting of tourism coordinators from throughout Costa Rica's conservation area system (SINAC) on why implementation barriers must be taken into account when preparing tourism plans.
Interpretation Engages Audiences, Forges Relationships
October. Jon presents a paper at the Congress in Bariloche, Argentina on the barriers to park planning implementation. He represented the World Heritage Centre/UNESCO. He presented the same paper on the session about park planning.
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Lecture Tour in Bolivia and Ecuador
September. By pemtition of the US Embassies in Bolivia and Ecuador and in collaboration with Conservation International in Bolivia, the State Department has awarded Jon a Speaker and Specialist Grant to give a lecture/workshop tour through those countries in September on the topic of environmental interpretation and resource protection. See articles about his presentations in Bolivia on the US Embassy page (English), El Deber (Spanish), El Nuevo Día (Spanish), and Ciudad Universitaria/El Nuevo Día (Spanish). Please contact Jon when links are dead. Please visit my publications on interpretation. See the talk he gave at Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjng7NnM_r4
Local Sustainable Tourism Potential
Union Island, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines. Representing Fermata in late May, Jon talked about the potential of developing local sustainable tourism as partof the restoration program of Ashton Lagoon. Project supported by the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, BirdLife International, and the US FWS Neotropical Migrant Program.
Talks about Barriers to Plan Implementation
Santiago, Panamá. In February, Jon presented his latest thoughts on how to avoid barriers to plan implementation as part of the general management planning process for Coiba National Park, also a World Heritage Site, hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Interpretation’s Ultimate Chance to Advance Conservation
Monteverde, Costa Rica. In September, Jon presented about barriers to tourism plan implementation at a workshop designed to redefine the objectives of CI’s ecotourism efforts and build a learning network around the world.
Presents at World Heritage Centre Seminar on Tourism Planning at Major Archeological Sites
Granada, Spain. In February Jon argued before an audience of 70 experts from around the world that the implementation of any park plan depends on changing the fundamental assumptions parks hold about the nature of planning. His presentation is scheduled to appear in a book on the topic and contribute to a declaration arising from the seminar. World Heritage Centre.
September 9, 2013