I’ve taken numerous trips to Mexico over the years, but the latest one I took to Oaxaca was extra special. Why? Because I was recently invited to be a contributing writer for Mexico Today, a program being sponsored by Marca País – Imagen de México. The program consists of 16 contributing writers and eight community managers, all of whom will be tasked and compensated for writing articles about Mexico. The project’s aim will be to report on various positive topics including the economy, security, health, infrastructure, culture/travel and the environment.
A lot of us already have been sharing our thoughts, stories or commentary about this precious country. We all have different slants, styles and areas of focus. This project however, allows all of us a broader reach in terms of readership. It also provides us access to tremendous amounts of resources which otherwise might be more difficult to obtain on our own.
The project’s kick-off was during the weekend of June 24th and lasted for three days in the gorgeous colonial city of Oaxaca. Mexico Today, along with the renowned Public Relations firm of Ogilvy organized the event and will be providing guidance for the duration of the project.
The setting couldn’t have been better. Accommodations were set up at the gorgeous Camino Real Oaxaca, a former Dominican convent dating back to the 16th century. The weekend involved introductions, panel discussions, team assignment meetings, mezcal tastings, artisan demonstrations, regional dance performances, culinary samplings and excursions to nearby cultural attractions. With ample time to discuss the project goals and become familiar with everyone, the spark for further discussion and creative inspiration was born. I take this opportunity very seriously and hope it translates into a deeper and richer understanding of a country that merits that and more.
Please make sure and join us in celebrating Mexico’s riches and perpetuating the goals of the project and ultimately securing the necessary melodic “voice” that’s inherent in this wonderful country. I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date on Twitter by following our hashtag: #MexicoToday. You can also support our project by showing a “like” on Facebook and reading up on our latest contributions and even sharing your input. Lastly, make sure to follow and support this great team of writers who will be providing excellent, entertaining and thoughtful contributions about everything Mexico!
Alvin Starkman “MexConnect”
Ana Flores “Spanglish Baby”
Bill Kaliher “MexConnect”
Brad A Johnson
Chase Buckner “Journey Mexico” and “Simply Vallarta”
Craig Zabransky “Stay Adventurous”
Cristina Potters “Mexico Cooks”
David Simmonds “Mexico Premiere”
Elizabeth Helsley “Mexipreneur”
Jessica Seba “Journey Mexico”
Jim Johnston “Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide”
Julie Carmann “A Midwesterner in Mexico”
Kelly McLaughlin “A Canuck in Cancun”
Laura Nazimiec “Go Mexico Guide”
Laura Winfree de Mendez “Gringation”
Lisa Coleman “Mexico Premiere”
Mark Mendiola Guerra “Mexico Unmasked”
Maura Hernandez “The Other Side of the Tortilla”
Nancy Dardarian “Countdown to Mexico”
Sean Goforth “Mexico Foreign Policy Blog”
Silvia Martinez “Mama Latina”
Susie Albin-Najera “The Mexico Report”
Suzanne Barbezat “About.com Mexico Travel”
Tom Johnson “Mexico Business Blog”
Marca País – Imagen de México “ is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination.”
**Please note that I am being compensated for participation in this project and for attending its launch in Oaxaca. Also note that all posts and written contributions by me will be expressed in an unbiased form with all opinions reflecting my own.