Posts from the ‘travel’ category

How hard is it to serve a nutritious meal to 5000 people, using dumpster-bound ingredients only?

Well, really not that hard at all. Since the first Feeding the 5000 event was held in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2009, these inspiring campaigns to…

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Postcard from Medellin, Part 2: Are we better off being better off?

The desire to create comfort and security for ourselves probably counts as one of the most rudimentary motivations in the human reservoir of instincts. Building a…

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Postcard from Medellín: A Big WUF for Urban Equity

“Is this your first WUF?” is a question commonly asked at the World Urban Forum, a gathering for, by, and about city people that was first…

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On the road to Cairo, Casablanca, and Medellín, Ecocitizen World Map in hand

Hola! Bonjour! As-salam alaykom! Hello! It’s been a busy four months since I went into woodshed mode to help create the Ecocitizen World Map Project, a…

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Biking the Solar Roofs of Southern Germany, to See the Change You Wish to Be

My mom and stepdad live in a small village between Lindau and Wangen in the Allgäu region of South Germany, not far from the Swiss and…

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The Seeds They Are A-Changin’

The Matador Travel Network just published my piece about my German ancestral roots in the seed trading business and how it relates to California’s narrowly defeated…

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Mariquitas y El Capitan: Of things small and large

When you’re living in a city it’s easy to get caught up in human creations. Almost everything I see and touch all day has been concocted…

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Informal-Informal in New York

This week a small but poised Ecocity Builders delegation including Kirstin Miller, Naomi Grunditz and myself got to spend time at UN Headquarters in New York…

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Mr. Sven goes to the UN

I’m going to New York this week for the first round of ‘informal-informal‘ negotiations on the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document in the run-up…

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Carless in Vancouver, Part 2: Going for the high-hanging fruit

This is Part 2 of my trip last week to Vancouver, B.C. to meet up and exchange ideas with some of the leading thinkers in sustainable…

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