Driving Economic Development while Protecting the Environmental and Social Fabric of Destinations
Generally most initiatives to adopt sustainable business and destination management practices are fractional and isolated. To create lasting solutions to the social and environmental problems we face, efforts have to be coordinated around clearly defined goals and collaboration is required across industries, governments and geographies.
Generating a shared understanding of the various problems among people from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds is not easy. Collaboration without consensus is difficult to foster. But once political, cultural and geographical divisions are traversed, a singular vision can be constructed along with an agenda to solve the problems that have been identified. Quantifiable goals and metrics to enable and measure progress are the key.
In developing sustainable principles and helping organizations adopt these practices, I have seen how a systematic inclusive approach and well-conceived strategy create shared prosperity while protecting a destination’s sense of place. This vision for the public and private sector coming together to use economic drivers as a powerful force for good was the impetus for my founding Sustainable Travel International and remains my motivation for helping business and government leaders achieve sustainable long term results.
I understand the linkages between the tourism, energy, infrastructure and agriculture sectors, and how they work together. Importantly, I speak the language of business executives, high level government officials, nonprofits, and donors/development agencies and formulate a common vocabulary. Ultimately, I help organizations develop a long-term, holistic view of their economic activities and guide them on an iterative journey through the environmental and socio-cultural aspects of their operations.
If you’re interested in improving lives, locales, and your economic performance, let’s talk.