Solar Spring Break Part 2: Installation

(see Solar Spring Break San Diego Part 1: Arriving in Cali, here). Once again, I cautiously slipped out of my creaky air mattress and tiptoed into the kitchen to brew a pot of coffee. Californian sun rays poured in through the large bay window while the coffee maker began to gurgle with completion. The warm, …

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Solar Spring Break Part 1: Arrival in Cali

As we dropped our luggage on the wooden floors, an illuminating echo filled the reservation ranch house, rousing it from its rainy Sunday eve slumber. In the span of a few days, our group of eight had trickled into California all the way from North Carolina's Research Triangle. For the next week, we would make …

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Summer in Copenhagen Part 5: Blockchain Workshop at CBS

"The Fintech Lab often threw events, inviting outside companies and representatives to come in and participate. Among the ambiance was the crack of beer cans opening, both at events and around 3 p.m. on Fridays for Friday bar. We even enjoyed Blockchain and Copenhagen Fintech Lab branded beers – a bottle of which I’ve smuggled home with …

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Summer in Copenhagen, Part 4: Fintech Lab (a co-working space)!

"...I had started working at BLOC, located in the Copenhagen Fintech Lab. The Fintech Lab is a co-working space for startups, situated in Christianhavn. There I met CEO and co-founder of BLOC, Deanna MacDonald — an inspiring woman and entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability, social justice and technology. She is a Canadian living in …

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Community Power: Samsø Island’s Transformation from Crisis, to Experiment, to Model of Sustainability

At the center of human endeavor is a need to connect. Relationships of necessity form societies to ensure survival, providing security against natural forces and the fulfillment of social drivers. Alongside the acceleration of technologies spurred by the industrial revolution, a global community has emerged, where the exchange of goods, energy and ideas continue to …

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Summer in Copenhagen, Part 3: Housing & Internship

"The city of Copenhagen is a walkable, bike-friendly haven offering a network of pedestrian streets and wide, devoted bicycle lanes.  In the pedestrian only sections of town, people dine in the streets as performers play the violin or sometimes the accordion nearby. The city is equipped with excellent public transportation via buses, metros and trains. …

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Summer in Copenhagen, Part 2: To Vancouver first!

“….I applied to intern with a startup company matching my interests in sustainability and smart technologies. I had a hunch that working directly within the community and experiencing the process a startup in the sustainability field undertakes, within a city known for encouraging sustainable practices, would help equip me for my own plans to help …

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A Summer in Copenhagen, Introduction

One of my foremost desires is to see a sustainable future -- one that benefits all and protects the most vulnerable -- come to fruition. Incorporating smart technology with an understanding of what makes for a healthy society and world can help make such a future possible. It is my belief that responsibly developing solutions …

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Barefoot Suffocation

Bare feet pace rhythmically across the wet, glistening asphalt as rainwater is corralled into a tiny rippled stream. It pools by the blocked drain where an isolated silver maple tree lost its limb to the chaos of the winds. The waters are rising; to her, it's a drizzle. For years she's strained her dainty neck to keep her head …

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