Thursday May 9th was the last instructional day of spring semester 2013. We gathered in Room 15 Science Hall to deliver what we have learned from our community-based research to The Natural Step Monona (TNS Monona). It sounded like any other classes in the last week of semester. However, it was rather special for me–a bittersweet moment–after deeply involved in three-academic-year of community-university partnership between the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and TNS Monona, we arrived to the end of a cycle.
Continue reading We are a cycle and we are now complete
Teaching is not easy, absolutely. But sometimes I feel that putting myself as a facilitator instead of teacher could help lessen the challenges. The challenge is different, but apparently one is not less challenging than the other. BTW, as a Teaching Assistant, I was encouraged to take more responsibilities in leading this course. And I am happy to take the challenge.
Writing here in the Lakefront cafe Memorial Union, I am trying to reflect on how I probably did not do a good job especially in facilitating the discussion about “knowledge” yesterday. I have a group of smart students and from their reading reflecions, they brought great ideas about local knowledge, urban knowledge, indigenous knowledge, professional knowledge, and knowledge democracy, and how they are relevant to the context of social movement. Continue reading Teaching/facilitating CBR course
This image is taken from the Sustainable Transport Magazine, Issue 22, 10 Dec 2010. The full document can be downloaded. And I would like to start my discussion by visual-analysing this very image.
Continue reading 10 principles for Sustainable Transport
When my 9 mos daughter suffered dengue hemorrhagic fever back in 2008 in Indonesia, it was in the month of June. My wife reflected on the timing of the disease to spread, which to her is rather uncommon. Based on her medical training, dengue hemorrhagic fever disease normally occurs in the months of January and February in Indonesia.
Recently, I read two articles in the Jakarta Post and Kompas reporting the spread of malaria in Banten, Western Indonesia. Banten, however, is not a location where malaria disease typically occurs. Central and Eastern Indonesia have long been considered as the endemic locations for malaria due to relatively warmer temperatures.
Continue reading Dengue fever and malaria are spreading geographically and seasonally in Indonesia
This may not be new for some of you, but this one is really creative in delivering the message about our [sometimes] unthoughtful consumption decision. The story of stuff by Annie Leonard elaborates how a product was produced and finally thrown in a garbace can. This clearly shows how a long process is associated in a product and how it is associated with the quality of environment. It does make me think differently about my buying decision. Does it make you think differently? Click on the image to go to the Story of Stuff website.