Lao – The Whole Hearted People

All good things must come to an end, including my fellowship to Laos. In terms of my professional development, while working with my host community at the office of Natural Resources and Environment of Xayaboury province, I learned how environmental sustainability is a key tenate in development. Within the context of development in Laos environmental … Continue reading Lao – The Whole Hearted People

Common Ground for Growth Management in Malaysia

What strikes me most about the many, many conversations I've enjoyed with professionals, community groups, and government officials here in Malaysia is how much we share the same challenges.  One basic fact rings true, which is that our land is finite and our needs are growing.  The tensions brought by global investment in real estate, … Continue reading Common Ground for Growth Management in Malaysia

Striking a Balance – Developing Sustainable Industry in Rural Laos

The opportunity for international investment and natural resource extraction is on the rise in Laos. When determining agreements for development the GOL (Government of Laos) weigths the impact of investment to existing communities and sets goals to maintain sustainable village lifestyles. This is balanced with the objective of encouraging more population density and connecting villages … Continue reading Striking a Balance – Developing Sustainable Industry in Rural Laos

This is how we do it! Sophomores studying Local Administration at the University of Chang Mai

I was invited to speak to students studying local administration at the University of Chang Mai.   A class of sophomores is a class of sophomores in any country.   The students were eager, alert and they took me seriously despite my language barrier. My presentation covered the composition of the city of Dubuque’s local … Continue reading This is how we do it! Sophomores studying Local Administration at the University of Chang Mai

Xayaboury Province – Learning by Doing

We traveled for several hours to reach Xayabouly, which gave us an opportunity to discuss food ways and traditional agricultural practices in the region. In addition to farming rice and beans, many families keep their own livestock and collect fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the jungle. My host noted that although many rural provinces have … Continue reading Xayaboury Province – Learning by Doing