An open letter to the bus driver who rescued my Kindle from oblivion
Ecuador / Going at it alone / Musings / Travelogue

An open letter to the bus driver who rescued my Kindle from oblivion

Dear driver of San Francisco Cooperative bus number forty-nine, En primer lugar, gracias. A thousand times gracias, you kind, honest, trustworthy savior of my literary lifeline, you. Thanks to you, all is right again in the world of extended solo travel. And for that, I am infinitely indebted. That doesn’t mean that I’m not bitter … Continue reading

Ecuador, oil, and indigenous peoples: writing for Global Voices
Ecuador / Natural Resources / Research / Social Issues

Ecuador, oil, and indigenous peoples: writing for Global Voices

 Last week, I visited Sucúa, Morona Santiago to assist with a Shuar radio station –  “La Voz De Arutam”  – that belongs to la FICSH, or the Interprovincial Federation of Shuar Centers in Ecuador. The radio had zero online presence, so I assisted in creating their social media pages, as well as putting their radio … Continue reading

Woods Hole Research Center republished my piece on indigenous REDD
Ecuador / Research

Woods Hole Research Center republished my piece on indigenous REDD

Woods Hole Research Center, the American institution that co-facilitated a workshop I attended in Puyo, Ecaudor a few weeks ago, republished my piece “Plotting participation: training indigenous communities to map the Amazon” on the “Fieldnotes” portion of their website. Check out the rest of their Field Notes for some fascinating information on their investigations and … Continue reading

TV MICC and the digital politics of diversity
Ecuador / Research / Social Issues / Technology / Television

TV MICC and the digital politics of diversity

Para la sociedad indígena es importante contar con un sistema de comunicación con el cual puedan compartir sus ideas y su cultura, sobre todo, en su propio idioma. Los medios comunitarios son un recurso alternativo de información que promueve la participación social. En primer lugar, rompen con el esquema tradicional y proponen un modelo horizontal, … Continue reading

Plotting participation: training indigenous communities to map the Amazon
Climate Change / Ecuador / Research / Social Issues / Technology / Uncategorized

Plotting participation: training indigenous communities to map the Amazon

Deep in the heart of the Amazon, a compelling concept is taking root alongside towering ancient trees: that indigenous peoples — given the training and technology — can play a central role in mapping and preserving the rainforest. A five-day conference in Puyo, Ecuador this week, “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin” … Continue reading