People-First Tourism Project
Since April 2015, we have started a connection with "People-First Tourism" Project and NC State University (Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism), both located in the United States of America. They, from a research perspective, understand the tourism as a medium which improves the small and medium producers entrepreneurships who are situated in different places of the world. In the same way they promote socially and environmentally sustainable conditions for such communities. "People-First Tourism" is a tourism company that creates touristy experiences around local products, socially and environmentally sustainables, as well as promote entrepreneurship models to communities in vulnerable situations.
"People-First Tourism" is NC State University and Cooperative Extension of North Carolina project which takes advantage of the work and vision of a eclectic group of students and teachers from almost every Faculty, it includes areas about technological development, information and communication technologies in partnership with the Engineering Faculty. The project is currently growing and increasing the number of partners and collaborators, involving outstanding academic institutions, community development and business organizations in the United States and internationally.
The Industrial Design Program of the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University is getting into this project with this amazing research group. Therefore, in the next years, we will be working together with the researchers Dr. Duarte B. Morais (Associate Professor / NC State University), Dr. Tim Wallace (Associate Profesor / Deparment of Anthropology and Sociology / NC State Universisty), Dr. Chantell Lapan (Associate Researcher / Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism / NC State University) and Deidre Peroff (PhD Candidate / Faculty of Natural Resources / NC State University).
This cooperation looks for development projects according to the aims pointed by globalization, specially which are related with improving the quality of life of local communities. It promotes the inclusion and strengthening of cultural identities for the communities. The students and professors of the Industrial Design Program in the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and the Research Group "People-First Tourism" of the NC State University start a reflexive, critic and creative work around how enterpreneurship practices and local producers (many of them in vulnerable situations) would constitute themselves as an argument to motivate a special kind of tourism that exalt traditions, local production and the models of everyday life: Tourism with social conscience.