We set this up as a way of sharing news, ideas and perspective related to the work of La Paz Group. We wanted to articulate more about what we do and why we do it with vocabulary accurately reflecting our mission to craft experiences with sense–logic, rationality, economic success–and sensibility–being protective of the natural and cultural patrimony, tangible and intangible, that we have been privileged to tend to.

We had been calling this entrepreneurial conservation since the mid-1990s, and wanted to share more examples of what we meant by this. Starting with a post from Nicaragua on June 15, 2011 followed by one from India the next day, this platform would facilitate collaboration among those who participate in and communicate about entrepreneurial conservation projects.

In late 2018 we were invited to submit a proposal for how we would approach managing two of the oldest and largest hotel gift shops in Costa Rica. This was a new kind of challenge for us: we were chosen because of our approach to entrepreneurial conservation, and this initiative would require combining the experiential with a focus on local tangibles. Authentica, a company we formed for this purpose, signed the contract to manage these two shops in May, 2019. Organikos was formed at the same time to provide “taste of place” products representative of Costa Rica in these shops. Specialty coffees are the signature product of Organikos, complementing a wide selection of hand made artisan handicrafts in the Authentica shops. Our goal with this platform remains the same.

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  2. This sounds really interesting, I’ll be tuning back in. I just got back from my first trip to India and loved it.

    • Muchisimas Gracias! Loved the “no photographs” photograph in your Kerala post. Were you on a houseboat? If not you’ll have to come back for that experience. We would love to hear how you heard about us. Cheers and come back soon!

      • Yes I’ll be going back for the houseboat experience and for many more experiences I hope. What a place! I saw you had ‘liked’ a post on someone’s blog, thought the name sounded intriguing and came to have a peek. Look forward to seeing future posts 🙂

    • Thanks J! That’s so sweet of you! Since we’re a group of multiple contributors it’s difficult to respond to awards the way an individual would (i.e. the list of questions, etc.) but please know that we really appreciate it! Cheers!

  3. Hi Raxa Collective! Always enjoy your posts and photography. I’m completely updating my blog with a new website (in time for the new “6 Months” web show, 5.1.12) and would love to feature photography with a link to the photographer and their website. Since so many of your contributors are fantastic photographers, wanted to see if any of you were interested. You can learn more here: http://6monthstolive.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/lets-start-a-movement/ or you can email me at sixmonthstolive@gmail.com Thanks!

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  7. Wishing you well in your endeavour, and may your ‘Collective’ energy spread out like the ripple effect to encourage others to look at their communities and unite together in the conservation of our Planet and to enhance self sufficiency and help more become aware how we are polluting not only our planet but ourselves in the process..

    • Thanks for your well wishes Sue, it’s great to hear from people who are on the same wavelength. Have you visited our facebook page? I try to touch on other items on that site. we’d love to see you there!

      • Many thanks, but no I am not a member on Facebook..

        While I think it has many great uses for spreading good, I feel it is also a tool for spreading much negativity within peoples personal lives and question the FB politics of those who make millions from it.

        But I do so wish you well as It is also a great place to get your message out there..


  8. I have nominated your blog for the Super Sweet Award for bloggers. Thank you for sharing such uplifting and inspiring stories about successes in nature and conservation 🙂

    • Thanks jaetomk–that really is Super Sweet of you, and I’m not being ironic! We really appreciate hearing that our work is both uplifing and inspiring. Because we write as a collective it’s difficult for us to respond with the usual “5 things about me” and nominees, but please accept our heartfelt thank you for the nomination!

  9. Hi, My friend let me know about your blog through Milo. I am a conservation biologist, educator and social entreprenuer in Peru. I would love to contribute an article that I think is a nice fit.

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  11. Hello,
    It is my honor and privilege to nominate your blog for the Awesome Blog Content Award. If you already have the award, please excuse my mistake and accept the nomination as a sincere statement of my appreciation for your excellent work.
    I posted the requirements for the award on my website: http://garryrogers.com. They are in the second post on my home page.

    • Hi Garry, thanks so much for the nomination. Since we write as a group it’s difficult to respond to nominations the way an individual would, but that certainly doesn’t lesson our appreciation of the shout out! Cheers and happy holidays!

  12. Though I wasn’t born in Kerala, my parents are Keralites (Malayalees), and I had the privilege to live there for about 7 years (age 9-15). My daughter, aged 9, just returned from visiting her grandmother in Mallappally (in central Kerala) for the first time in her life, and is eager to go back. She was so excited about the trip that she gave a talk in her class (Grade 4) sharing photographs and souveniers that she had brought. I can understand her nostalgia. What I really want to ask, though, is: how is Raxa pronounced? Is it pronounced as Reksha/ Raksha (save/ protect) or as Raxa (as in Ax)? Just curious.

    • Hi Johnny, Great family stories, thanks for sharing!
      Our name is based on Raksha, but we’re pronouncing is RAXA as in Ax. So same meaning, different pronunciation. We thought that the “SHA” sound gave it too much of a mouthful. Plus, we love the opportunity to explain to people who we are and what we do!

  13. Your blog is so awesome and inspiring! I happened to stumble upon you as I was looking for some facts /pics on kerala for an article I wanted to post on my blog(I blog about Kerala and other recipes). Your tea stall pic showed up and brought me to your blog! Keep up the terrific work on environmental protection and conservation.

  14. Congratulations, I have nominated your website for the Liebster Award! I wanted to thank some of the writers I have talked with on WordPress.

    The Liebster Award is used to recognize writers, and allows each nominee to nominate additional website writers/blogs. The tradition of the Award is for each each nominee to: (1) list 11 facts about their writing; (2) answer the 11 questions asked by the writer who nominated them; (3) ask 11 new questions; and (4) nominate 11 additional websites/blogs, and inform them of this and the rules; they will then answer your questions. This can be done as a Page on your website, or it could be completed in a comment box. To see the new questions I have asked, visit the Awards and FAQs Page on my website Eusociality Blog.

    • Hi Christopher, thank you so much for the nomination! Because we’re a collective of writers and not a single blogger we don’t accept Liebster or other awards. We appreciate your support!

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    • Hi Pedro, thank you so much for the nomination! Because we’re a collective of writers and not a single blogger we don’t accept these types of awards. We appreciate your support and hope you’ll continue to enjoy our site!

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