Submitted by: Opportunity Collaboration
Posted: Mar 29, 2010 – 04:05 PM EST
DAVIS, Calif., Mar. 29 /CSRwire/ - Opportunity Collaboration—the poverty alleviation "un-conference"—announced today a partnership with the sustainable resort Playa Viva to combat poverty in nearby Juluchuca, Mexico.
"Opportunity Collaboration fosters a unique spirit of cooperation and innovation," says CEO Jonathan C. Lewis. "This spirit is exemplified by Playa Viva, which is combating local poverty via an ecologically regenerative, market-sustainable business."
Located about an hour south of the Opportunity Collaboration campus, Playa Viva's boutique hotel offers guilt-free luxury in an eco-conscious resort and incorporates leading green-building techniques, a "regenerative" approach to the environment and an inclusive strategy for community development. Playa Viva is a catalyst for not only eco-tourism and related jobs, but helps create equitable markets for local small businesses—including organic farmers and an artisanal salt co-op.
In addition to investing in Playa Viva, Opportunity Collaboration will feature a special extended work session at the anti-poverty meeting entitled Poverty Reduction The Eco-Tourist Way, led by David Leventhal, Playa Viva CEO. Says Leventhal, "This forward-thinking conference is making another innovative step by bringing local community leaders into its impressive array of poverty problem-solvers."
About The Collaboration
A four-day strategic and problem solving business retreat for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, funders and social investors working to combat poverty, the 2010 Opportunity Collaboration is already 62% sold out.
"The Opportunity Collaboration is a unique gathering," says Lewis, "marked by a generosity of spirit and a commitment to relinquishing institution egos. With the goal to accelerate the effectiveness of anti-poverty organizations, attendees reach well beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation to improve the impact and effectiveness of their work."
The event will take place October 15-20, in Ixtapa, Mexico. Applications and further information are available at www.opportunitycollaboration.net.
About Playa Viva
Playa Viva sustainable boutique hotel is located 30 minutes from the Zihuatanejo Ixtapa international airport and one hour from Opportunity Collaborations Conference Campus. Dedicated to the highest levels of community engagement and environmental protection, Playa Viva is located on 200 acres of land with 85% in a private reserve featuring beachfront, estuary, archeological, organic permaculture, forest and mangrove restoration projects and a turtle sanctuary. For more information about Playa Viva and its eco-luxe accommodations—which provide all the comforts with none of the guilt—visit www.PlayaViva.com.
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