Blog Archives

Not so complicated

Bits and pieces from across the internet about culture, the environment, study abroad, international education, and an occasional wildcard.

Working together to reduce food waste

Nifty use of social media to reduce food waste in the San Francisco area. It would be great to see this spread to other communities.

Bring back the beavers

Maybe it’s because I’m partial to woodland creatures but I am intrigued by the suggestion to bring back beavers to the UK countryside to help deminish the effects of flooding.

Little beaver in river

The Exceptional Pete Seeger

Highly recommendable 2006 profile of the great Mr. Seeger from the New Yorker. Make sure you go to PeteSeeger.com beacause the NYer’s website only offers an intro to nonsubscribers.

Tomorrow: Global Life Link-Up

Cate over at Small Planet Studio is organizing a “Global Life” link-up on Friday, the 31st. “Link up to two of your own globally-themed blog posts. They don’t have to be from the current week but please, no products, promotions, events, social media profiles, etc.” Last month’s can be found here.

 

 

 

 

photo credit: Paul Stevenson via photopin cc

Deep culture

Over at “Communicating Across Boundaries” guest writer Jody Fernando posted “More Than a Tourist: Living Deeply Across Cultures.” Fernando’s post introduces us to the ideas of Joseph Shaules about getting more deep into cultures. I particularly enjoyed reading about “Engagement” and “Language Learning.” More of Shaules’ work can be found here, including a generous sample of his new book. It all reminds me of Melibee’s “How to Meet People Abroad” series posts. In the series we have made a determined effort to advise visitors to new cities about ways to enact such engagement with the local communities and get deeper into the culture(s). We’ve discussed Seattle, Paris, Lebanon, Dublin, Rabat, London, and more.

 

Green Passport

In May I started as the Coordinator for the Green Passport Program. The program encourages connecting study abroad (including interning and working) with sustainability and does this mainly through a pledge to focus students and travelers on green and culturally aware actions and by providing resources to both students and education abroad professionals. GP has a Facebook page and I have been working on getting the other resources available via a web page that will be ready soon. If anyone has any good resources that they would like to suggest please comment below or email me at greenpassportprogram@gmail.com

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