With the help of Google Earth and Wiki, I’ve got a rough draft, so to speak, of the places Clarke could run to. He’d like to stay on the East Coast as much as possible. However, some countries aren’t represented here on the East coast so he’ll need to travel to California and/or Hawaii among others.
Here’s the list in the order he may have traveled around the globe and the U.S. locations that have the highest populations from there.
1. Mexico (This is close enough that he may just run to Mexico for real) Guanajuato has 3 wk international festival of the arts in October.
2. Brazil: East Newark, NJ; North Bay Village, FL; N. 34th St New York, NY
3. Nigeria: Prince George’s, MD; Baltimore, MD; Nigerian-American Council in DC (nigerianamerican.org)
4. Egypt: Dearborn, MI; Great Jones St, between Broadway and Lafayette St. in New York there’s an Annual Arab-American & North African Street Festival (was held June 21st this year)
5. Spain: St. Augustine, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York; Florida; West Virginia
6. France: (Louisiana Creole) New England, Northern New York (Statue of Liberty from France)
7. UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales): North Carolina, specifically Western North Carolina in and around Macon and Jackson Counties. (Home!!)
8. Germany: Lely Resort, FL; German-American Steuben Parade held the 3rd Sat in Sept.
9. Italy: Manhattan or the Bronx, NY; South Philly, PA; Newark, NJ; Johnston, RI; Staten Island, NY; Cincinnati, OH
10. Turkey: NYC; Rochester, NY; Washington D.C; Detroit, MI; Turkish-American Festival on 4/23
11. Iran: Bergen County, NJ; Las Angeles, CA (“Inraneles” to Iranian-Americans according to Wikipedia); Washington, DC; New York
12. Russia: New York Metro Area; Pikesville, MD; Roslyn Estates, NY; Peaceful Valley, CA; Sharon Springs, NY
13. China: San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI; Ann Arbor, MI; Everett, WA
14. India: Jersey City, NY; Plano, TX; San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA
15. Vietnam: San Jose, CA; Garden Grove, CA; “Little Saigon” in Orange, CA; “Little Saigon” in Houston, TX
16. Indonesia: Southern California (historically Berkley College)
17. Philippines: Greater LA Las Angeles County, CA; Oahu, HI
18. Korea: Bergen County – Bergen County – Palisades Park, NJ Broad Ave. in Koreatown; Las Angeles, CA; Anaheim, CA; New York, NY
19. Japan: Honolulu, HI; Gardena, CA; Dublin, OH (5th highest)
20. USA – Put it to a vote?
We met with Dr. Yue at Western Carolina University on July 10th. It was an interview and Question and Answer session of sorts. We discussed what WTC has done so far, what our goals are and how we hope to have the students help with it. It was very exciting and we are very hopeful that we will be picked as one of the businesses they work with. She was careful to say IF we work together this Fall whenever we talked about the possibilities but also said that they’d probably assigned multiple groups from one class to work on sections of the project and then collaborate with one another for the whole. VERY Exciting!
I met with Wendy Cagle at Western Carolina University (WCU) on Monday, June 30th. It went really well! We talked about WTC and how we think our working with the college would benefit this project. She brought up some really good points. Security is definitely something that will be forefront in our potential users’ minds. We need to make sure that we have a way to insure that their personal information is protected against hackers. We will need to work on a risk assessment as part of our process.
She also told me about an amazing entrepreneur right here in Western North Carolina that we should connect with. His name is Justin Belleme. He was recently honored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture Asheville as Entrepreneur of the Year. Justin is a 28 year old Asheville native and owner of JB Media Group, LLC, a marketing agency. He has helped several other small businesses with their kickstarter or other crowd-funding campaigns. He assists with many aspects marketing a company. He’ll be the luncheon keynote speaker at an upcoming seminar that Small Business & Technology Department is holding at the Biltmore Park Campus on July 8th. We hope very much to attend and meet him in person to discuss our project.
We also talked about the possibility of working with a team of seniors from WCU. World Tree Circle would be their “capstone” project and we would work closely with the group while they research and develop a portfolio on how to get World Tree up and running. We may not use everything they put together I’m sure there will be all sorts of great information to use. It would be phenomenal to see this become a reality and those students have the opportunity to say that they were a part of this amazing website that everyone is talking about and using. With international students in the program we may even have an opportunity to create a small scale prototype that they could test run, sharing information, testing translation and making corrections. It would be invaluable.
We are so stoked to put all of this to use and meet these new people we’ve learned about in the coming weeks. Please keep the comments coming. Bing is doing its best to translate them for us. They aren’t perfect, but I’m going through them and trying to make sure they don’t all go to the spam folder. Another reason we are excited about getting WTC up and running with the software that allows those who are bilingual to correct those little errors.
So after weeks of development (thank you Clarke for spending so much time learning how to you Adobe Illustrator and creating these logos) we have a couple great logos to choose from. We have our favorites but need to put it to a vote…..Which one do you pick? Put your vote in the comments below or like your favorite on our Facebook Page here.
As we gear up for Clarke’s run and prepare to order the T-shirts I’ve been trying to do some research on all the places in the USA that have high populations of descendants or immigrants from all of the 21 countries we hope to launch in. I’m also looking for places that are well known for those cultural ties. For example, I didn’t know that West 46th St in New York, NY was dubbed “Little Brazil Street” because it is historically a commercial center for Brazilians who live and visit that area. We picked our 21 countries from the studies we did on the highest internet use, specifically social networks. Those original 21 have changed so we will adapt. According to Internet World Stats as of 2012 the top 20 countries are as follows (in order according to the amount of internet use):
- United Kingdom
According to another site that I found, Epoch Times, there are 10 that use social media more than others. Those are:
- Czech Republic
So these are all the places where we thought we should aim his runs towards. So far I have places like NY, NY, or E. Newark, NJ, for Brazil due to their high Brazilian population and/or culture (according to Wikipedia). It’s really rather fascinating. I mean, as Americans we are taught from very early on that our country is a melting pot, or maybe now more like a tossed salad, lol. However, I don’t think it really hit home for me. This makes it more real for me, I think. Statistics aren’t everything though, and the internet is vast. If you know of somewhere that is culturally rich and would represent a country, any country, and is here in the USA where Clarke can run without having to acquire a visa we’d LOVE to hear from you. Any and all suggestions are welcome. We can’t promise to use every suggestion. Clarke will be trying to visit as many as he can though and invites others to join him. Even from abroad. See your country on the list? Want to run in your area to raise awareness and help get WTC going? Let us know. We will try to coordinate your runs and send you some shirts to pass out in your area too. This is a world project after all.
We’ve had our logo for some time, but with the upcoming run and the need to make some simple but eye-catching T-shirts, we need to make a new version of our current design in a format that BluBus can use. I’ve been enjoying (for the most part, haha) learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and remaking the logo. Here are some shots of our progress…….
Now lets look at WTC from the business perspective of the travel industry versus from the travelers’. Ecotourism is the specific field of travel that WTC would like to promote the most. Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990) Its the more physical aspect of what this website does. Uniting different cultures through education and enriched awareness of other places around the globe.
Groups like USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is one such company. USAID has benefited many countries through ecotourism. “USAID supports nature-based tourism activities as part of its biodiversity conservation programs in more than a dozen countries worldwide. The Agency’s ecotourism activities include support for developing national park systems, demarcating and equipping new national parks, recruiting and training park staff, and encouraging government reforms that promote regulated investments in private lodging, guide service, and other tourism ventures.” According to Untamed Path. So far they have helped to increase revenue and local involvement in conservation in the parks in Nepal, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Sri Lanka, just to name a few.
There are many many eco friendly travel companies and programs out there. With a few clicks you can have an amazing and conscientious trip planned across the globe. We did some looking and found some pretty cool ones in just a few minutes. One site in particular was pretty informative. Here we found the top 10 suggestions. The first recommended was a company called Responsible Travel. They do all the work of finding hotels, tour operators and other travel options that meet strict sustainability requirements and make them available to you on their site. The second is Natural Discovery. They specialize in eco friendly accommodations across England. The 3rd is a company called Good Travel Company. A lot of the accommodations they provide around the globe are by train and they put all the hotels, tours, etc. that they promote through a strict audit as well. To read a brief description of the top 10 ecotourism companies highlighted on the site check out the article on www.theecologist.org showcasing them.
The scavenger hunt game will work through the ecotourism and businesses around the world to encourage learning from other cultures and people across the globe by promoting their wares and being part of the hunt. A location to go to, or an unusual or unique product to find. It will also provide a place for these companies to promote their product as well as network. WTC could also be a place for the more adventurous to figure out their own eco friendly destination through their own investigations and interviews of fellow users. World Tree is a place for us to connect, learn from one another, promote causes, help out and showcase our talents, whatever they may be.