To San Diego! Volunteering to provide low-income tribal homes with solar access

In a little less than 3 weeks, I will be in San Diego installing solar panels on low-income homes, to help families in the San Pasqual tribe access affordable alternative energy. The reservation is in northeastern San Diego County, California, near Valley Center. I will be staying on the reservation with a  few other UNC …

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Tactical Urbanism (Lesson Plan)

Prepared for UNC-Chapel Hill Seminar on Sustainable Cities (Featured photo via Creative Commons) What is tactical urbanism? Tactical urbanism describes small scale interventions in the built-environment, with the purpose of improving the people & space relationship. These projects are often low-cost, implemented by localized communities, nonprofits, ngos etc, and serve as both experimental test sites …

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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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“Something comfortable in our vulnerability”: On Freewill and Empathy

We each struggle to balance our passionate vulnerabilities with our comfortable securities. Then we find there is something comfortable in our vulnerability, and something secure in our passions, and that our ideas on life and the way we are is not so straight forward. It’s tangled — a cosmic interplay of elements, of observations, feelings …

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Fractures Altogether.

And then everything that exists, as one breathing system, peers through her eyes, his eyes, their eyes, to experience a perspective and inhabit a special space in time -- a knot that dances within a meshwork of everything. And as the gaze moves, altogether everything moves with it, feeding it and being fed by it. ... Read More: https://christicomplex.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/fractures-altogether/

Let go of all else and just love.

Sometimes, the healthiest thing we can do for ourselves is to stop trying to fix things. Maybe things don’t need to be fixed, or at least not necessarily by us nor for us. Maybe nothing is broken and things are just fine to change sometimes. Maybe it doesn't need to hurt.  Sure, we can cry things …

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