Wanted: Sustainable Tourism Projects
Teatime in a community based bed&breakfast in the Pamir Mountains, Kyrgystan Tourism, environmentalism, poverty reduction and the protection of cultural heritage don’t have to be at odds. They can even complement each other. The German Travel Association is looking for tourism projects, which not only operate in an environmentally friendly way, but are also integrated [...]
Tags: ecotrophea, sustainable tourism
Naked on the Beach or on the Platform?
The essence of our platform lies in true stories, stories about people who want to better their lives and make a contribution to their communities. It also relies on those who want to support projects by giving of their time, money and know-how in order to realize them. Our platform is a place where they [...]
Tags: human rights, Photos, the west and the rest
betterplace.org in UNDP’s South-South Cooperation Newsletter
A few weeks ago, David South, Development consultant and author of UNDPs Development Challenges, South-South Solutions Newsletter, came by the betterplace office to take a look at our work. When I asked him how he had come about betterplace.org, he answered: he found me on twitter! So much for the twitter-scepticts. Read the article about how [...]
Tags: South-South Dialogue
North Korea still without betterplace!
From Michael, our CFO, I recieved this impressive message: Out of the 194 countries in the world, internet users from 188 countries have visited www.betterplace.org. Among the still unconnected are Turkmenistan, North Korea, Eritrea, Tschad und die Central African Republic.
World Suicide Prevention Day
Lorenz from anthropologi.info has written a very insightful post about yesterdays World Suicide Prevention Day. From it I learned that worldwide, more people die by suicide than by criminal acts or war – around one million per year. And up to 20 million people try to take their life every year. But this topic is [...]
Berlin is betterplace
Thanks to our most generous sponsor, the Wall AG, Berlin is full of large betterplace City Light Posters. In Berlin, as well as in a number of other German cities such as Freiburg (where this photo was taken, thanks Tobias) 3.000 posters point to our platform and its projects. The great thing: The action is [...]
Tags: Wall AG
I just wrote a post about design thinking and the highly useful Human Centered Design Handbook on Culture Matters, a great anthropology blog I infrequently contribute too. Thanks to Jörg for pointing me to it. You can read the post here.
Tags: design thinking, Human Centered Design Handbook, IDEO
Scepticism about microlending
Over the past few weeks I have come across a number of articles critical about microfinance. An article in Foreign Policy stated that the brilliant ideas advanced by Yunus and de Soto have had limited real-world impact, and in practical terms, neither of their economic notions has the capacity to remake the world, as is [...]
Become a micro sponsor of betterplace.org
A few days ago we added a new feature on to betterplace: while donating to a project on the plattform, you can also become a micro sponsor of betterplace.org – completely voluntary and easy. After you have decided to donate to a project, we are asking you whether you’d like to support the work we [...]