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creativity workshop

We conducted this workshop with artisans in Noh-Bec, Quintana Roo, working with Ak Kuxtal Sian Ka’an.  
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lol-balché honey

We began to work with Cooperativa Lol-Balché, a 41-member cooperative in Santa Elena, Yucatán in late 2006. In addition to selling wholesale, some members wanted to bring a percentage of their honey direct to market. This decision came at a pivotal stage in their growth and...
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women artisans: tihosuco

Maya Handicrafts (Tihosuco, Quintana Roo, Mexico). The purpose of this project was to create a cohesive identity to help members increase consumer confidence in their offered products. At the same time, it was an opportunity to work with women to aid in developing their business...
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social capital & social business: the new definitions

by Social Edge Muhammad Yunusin his book “Creating a world without poverty” defines two possible kinds of Social Business: Companies that focus on providing a social benefit rather than on maximizing profit; and Profit-maximizing businesses that are owned by the poor...
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chichén itzá master plan for 2012

Plugging Yucatán into the Tourism Circuit: If Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco has her way, the State of Yucatan will become a series of interlocking circuits of activities for any tourist on any budget, according to a new master plan announced a few weeks ago.
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na bolom chair, san cristobal

San Cristobal, Chiapas, México. Download the templates to build this chair made with no hardware and just two pieces of wood – true to the original at the Na Bolom Research Center. Make it. Make it better. Silla Na Bolom y Patron Na Bolom Seat and Pattern
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organic farming in noh-bec

Narayan Ghiotti and I met with Gualberto Cazanova in Noh-Bec, Quintana Roo to talk about the next phase of the “pixan” project. Narayan will be working with Gualberto in the field (literally) and it will be an opportunity for learning and exchange. I’m very...
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Mint in Mexico: Not your usual spring break

— Maria Rogal, 2007. Published in Muse, the news magazine of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida.  During spring break 2007, five students* in the graphic design student-run studio “Mint” flew into Cancún with their instructor, Doug Barrett, for a seven-day...
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thick descriptions

The term was used by the anthropologist Clifford Geertz in his The Interpretation of Cultures (1973) to describe his own method of doing ethnography (Geertz 1973:5-6, 9-10). Since then, the term and the methodology it represents have gained currency in the social sciences and...
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fieldwork itinerary

People often ask me what fieldwork is like. During this research trip we worked between 8 – 14 hours a day. Research site locations varied – some 1 to 2 hours from Carrillo. We drove 1211 kilometers or 752 miles – some of this on bumpy dirt roads. We had no major run-ins with...
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february 2009 fieldwork

Arrived in Cancún yesterday afternoon. It was a good trip – smooth, uneventful in terms of travel, and very pleasant. I attribute much of this to such a good group of people.
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reading: entrepreneurship, honey

>When Chocolate Is a Way of Life  A group of cacao farmers in Ecuador have become the world’s most unusual chocolate entrepreneurs by making and marketing their own chocolate. All About Bees Green Porno from the Sundance Channel Haagen Dazs: Help the Honey Bees Imagine a world...
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