David Bartlett

Volunteering as Education in Transition

We are no doubt living in an era of unprecedented opportunity for change in our economies and our cultural structures. While sometimes change lags where an outdated momentum remains, in many cases we’re seeing a speedy shift in the way people define their education and careers. Gap years are starting to become research sabbaticals for people preferring to complete their education at the University of Life. We’re making a transition, […]

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Design Opportunities at the Edge of Society (South Africa)

With an inspired mind, opportunities for improved design present themselves at every turn. Problems show themselves as challenges for demonstration. In this way, it’s almost as if our world’s most frustrating social and environmental issues become the best canvasses on which to patiently prove the effectiveness of our ideas. Patiently: because the temptation is to become overwhelmed and disillusioned in the face of ample evidence that the world doesn’t value […]

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Crowdfunding for Relocalization

Today I wanted to share with you a link to a project in Cape Town, South Africa, that recently caught my eye for a few important reasons. A collection of residents in Oranjezicht, a suburb in the Cape Town city bowl, have managed to rally their community around the usage of some highly visible, under-utilized public space. They call it the Oranjezicht City Farm. The significance of the project goes […]

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Stories from our Food Gardens (e-Book)

The world is dotted with individuals that are driving change from the inside out, inspired by the principles and approach of permaculture. I wanted to share with you “Stories from our Food Gardens” an e-publication made possible by the Saville Foundation here in South Africa, written by Melveen Jackson. Their partnership is an example of what is possible when certain individuals are backed by opportunity and funds. To me it […]

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