I came to Ontario at a busy time of the City: Residents are going to vote for Midterm election and the general election on lifting the City of Ontario’s ban on recreational sales of marijuana. It was a great chance to see how the council, the city staffs and community working together to make the … Continue reading “Democracy in action”
After attending the YSEALI orientation program for two days, I am really excited to travel to Norwood City, the host city, where I am going to start the real journey. The daily life expectation in Norwood City has been framed in the way I live as a city boy. But I have misjudged almost everything? … Continue reading Fallen in love with Norwood City
To be here in Norwood City, I have the chance to learn not only job-related stuff but also the cultural exchanges. One interesting thing I want to share is about the food exchange at the party. Almost attendance will support food or drink for sharing to everyone in the party. Of course, there will be … Continue reading From Food Exchange to Sustainable Community Development
Having opportunity to meet good people and to learn what you want is a kind of lucky. If so, I am lucky now. I have been in Saginaw, Texas for two weeks and I feel I am having the best experience of my life. I am getting opportunity to learn how the city is along … Continue reading Having a good time at Saginaw, Texas
My first week of work exposed me to various ways people work together to come up with solutions. The first meeting I attended was the Compact of Colorado Communities held at Westminster. Earlier this year, the Compact had a symposium which identified an overall 90 action items for five themes (General & Economic Viability; Resilience; … Continue reading What’s Gonna Work? Teamwork!
“You might not feel like you can do much now, but that's just because you are not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You're still a seed.” - A Bug’s Life (1998) Yes. This is one thing I always tell myself to push me up to fight and keep moving. … Continue reading Keep Pearland beautiful with never ending story and a lot of good memories
After a 24 hour flight from Indonesia, I arrived in Denver International Airport and saw some of snow (for the first time)! But this was just a stopover, my next flight was bound to Washington DC. To think about it, I left Indonesia at the 9th of October 2018 and arrived at 10 pm at … Continue reading Meet the 9th October over again
Going from frantically Googling 'where is Dubuque?' to actually arriving in this city of 60,000 population by the mighty Mississippi river - the past 10 days have been fascinating meeting locals and learning what makes this city tick. Dubuque was the first city in Iowa and obviously reliant on agriculture as primary economic activity.... until … Continue reading Sustainability embodied – Dubuque, IA
One thing that have always boggled my mind about North America is the prevalence of sense of ownership in local communities. My first few days in City of Middleton has reassured me with my general observation on community ownership. The roots might be in the strong local governance which forms the backbone of the USA … Continue reading Own Your Disasters!