Cornwall is cracking along with a fantastic collaboration between the cultural and the tourism sectors - and it's awfully, awfully exciting...make sure you sign your name in here to be kept up to date...
The refugee crisis is a human manifestation of all the wrongs that we are allowing to happen in the world. And it's happening on our watch.
venice revolts against tourism
From Vietnam to Venice the goose that lays the golden egg of profit for the travel industry is slowly being bled to death.
more than just beans
CoaST does much more than the ornery bean-countable stuff ... it's often referred to as social value, or social impact. This is what we mean ...
Cornwall is UK's first rural Social Enterprise Zone
That stuff about the triple bottom line? This is what we MEAN! :)
no male invertebrate is in charge
Paul Hawkin points out something we have possibly radically underestimated. Reasons to be cheerful...
This is what we are. A social enterprise; a not for private profit business, trading for people and planet: here to bring benefit to the communities, and the lands, in which we work, and using a business to do that.
The UK Office of National Statistics are hunting the holy grail...how do we measure our own well-being? Now THOSE are beans worth counting....
positive defiance in the Basque Country
There are some among us who have the chutzpah to do it differently. And so much better....
wrens: small, noisy and very territorial!
"Time to go back to the future where we have control over our own energy. Time to stop faffing about". Indeed! The words of a very wise man!
brave new money worlds
We love this. Great article - food for thought if you haven't mulled over this stuff yet...this is a FABULOUS intro...
Looe Marine Conservation Group in action!
Looe Marine Conservation Group has hit the ground running...
low carbon ladock
Local energy generation expected to add over £2m to Ladock parish over next 20 years
water framework what?
Water Framework? Directive? Wossat? It's a new bit of law. From the EU. And it'll help us clean up our waters....
it's really, really good to talk...no, REALLY.
I bet you didn't realise how important talking was until you read this. It's a "duh" moment; and we all need them....
sunny side of life? Really?
The truth will out: twitter reveals the reality of repression in resort paradise....
tamar valley: interactive heritage map
Fabulous resource - it's addictive to find out who the real people are behind the landscape around us - their names, their farms, their lives...
my intellectual v*****
This is one of the most extraordinary guys I have seen on my screen. A head and heart - ful of "those si, se peude" moments.... (roughly translated as "yes, we can"....)
exmoor is first dark skies reserve in the uk
Exmoor is the first Dark Skies Reserve in the UK...another great success from the south west...
david attenborough and population growth
David Attenborough urges big business to protect land from population growth
the happy museum
The Happy Museum. Think about it...do we ever put those words together in our own minds?
thinking beyond the gates?
Julia Schonharl writes about tourism and human rights in 2012: Can we ask anybody to think beyond the fences of the holiday resort?
tamar valley: a place of many lives
Heritage and culture. They're both biggies. And little wonder. But remember they're a living concept; and that they're about people; and stories. Always. So think about how you might tell them...
tamar valley: grow local
This is one of those ideas that should just exist. It's just common sense. Common food sense. Read on.
green shoots of responsibility?
The younger holiday maker is putting us to shame; they know the deal when it comes to sustainable travel....excellent!
ethics r us
Well, that's a bit of a stretch. But we like to keep the issue on the table. Right in the middle. Because what's the alternative?
Ban Ki Moon on World Tourism Day
Ban Ki Moon promotes the importance of tourism and travel for the well being of the species...
On Small, Collaboration, and The Having of Faith.
Smallest room; biggest talker? David Goldblatt talks about Toilets He Has Mused From...
There has been much interest in the discussion around land grabs...this news bulletin shows the issue is very live...
tamar valley: the book of the valley
A Tamar Valley book launched by Plymouth School Children and students..and it's a delight.
Mires Mor ("sea watch" in Cornish) combine the ocean, underprivileged young people, and passion. It's a very successful recipe...
sharing the work
Heresy? Generally a good thing to allow a bit of heretical thought..keeps us on our toes. A slap across the face of Complacency. A little unpleasant, but always invigorating.
Not the way to do it. Breath-taking example of a destination sacrificing everything to the need to market itself...
Time to communicate with our communities?
New poll shows people might not be ringfencing their holiday..so should we be making sure we show them what's affordable, on their doorstep?
The Heartlands Project is an innovative Lottery funded programme in Pool, Cornwall, to create just that. A heartland. Take a look...
car free idea:walkers are welcome
Planning a walking trip? Discover the 64 Walkers are Welcome towns and villages across Britain
giving families a break
Go on then, Guess. How many families in this country do you reckon don't get to go on holiday each year? We didn't know...
community energy plus
Community Energy Plus have been operating in Cornwall for over ten years - and these are THE energy anoraks...and know all the other energy anoraks across the south west - so start here.
st petroc's society
St Petroc's is a Cornish organisation working with single homeless people, which could well use unwanted materials that could come from a tourism business refurbishment - bedding, furniture, toiletries.
spare food is share food!
Putting fresh milk where it belongs. This is one of those efforts by a small group of determined people that is turning something toe-curlingly wasteful into a thing for good. Sows ears into silk purses. We like things like that.