April 2013

Occupy Love

Velcrow Ripper is a well known social change documentarian who recently released the film ‘Occupy Love‘ which also features Eisenstien among many other social change activists. Occupy Love explores the social movement that got major attention from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, discussing the meaning of  love, and featuring some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy. The global community film launch is TODAY and a second wave of community screenings will be held ... {read more}

Getting to know Baltimore: Dirt Bikes and State of the Reunion

“Baltimore is a city of many neighborhoods, of intense divides—racial, class, and otherwise– not easily overcome. It’s a city bogged down by a reputation for crime, poverty and dysfunction (thanks, in part, to the acclaimed TV show The Wire)—a reputation not entirely undeserved. But all of that often overshadows the passion and dedication many Baltimoreans have for their city, and for taking on what’s wrong with it in ways small and large.” I’ve written about State of the Reunion before. As I was getting interested ... {read more}

Cultural Sustainability… um, what?

In July 2012 I commenced my second attempt at a Master’s degree at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, studying Cultural Sustainability. I called my Dad from the train from the airport to my eagerly waiting couchsurf host and remembered that my parents had married in Maryland and lived in Baltimore before I was born. I was back where I was made. Hm. Velesha inspects a traditional Mongolian mask in our Festivals Class. “What’s that?” is how absolutely everyone responds when I announce the course of my studies Having only ... {read more}

Me and Goucher College – how it all started

My application essay for the Master’s of Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College Goucher College Masters of Arts in Cultural Sustainability Application Essay August 2012 Entry Hi, I’m Miriam, a bi-racial US and Canadian citizen and permanent resident of Australia since 2005; my life has always been a study of culture. I’m an intensely curious person and the evolution of the societies and structures of the American Midwest that is unfolding underneath us fascinates me.  I know I can help this cultural shift happen better, and ... {read more}

And we’re back! … Kinda like Arrested Development

Okay – I got a bit confused there for awhile! I was writing conference papers, research network presentations, master’s course applications, then tumblr posts and coursework papers and in all of that I forgot to keep this going. Well. Now I’ve mined all of those resources and over the next few weeks I am going to walk readers through the process of my thoughts and actions of the past year. I’m now half way through a Master’s of Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College and have just produced the international ... {read more}
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