I have been a lecturer of urban planning, sustainability and food systems at the University of Missouri, Kansas City's Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. Courses include:
In an effort to move students beyond current paradigms of urban design, I have outlined a pattern language for urban agriculture and introduced students to compassionate city design (example: Randolph Hester's Design for Ecological Democracy).
I have developed and taught a wide range of workshops and seminars on many subjects including mindfulness, sustainability, farming, permaculture and urban design. Participants have included refugees, farmers, community leaders, prisoners, architects, planners and more. Here are some examples of the types of workshops and shorter seminars I have led:
As topics such as mindfulness, community resilience, urban sustainability and urban agriculture have received increasing public attention, I have been privileged to speak on them in a variety of public, academic and institutional settings. Below are a few examples:
I began my journalism career in Los Angeles while working toward my B.A. in Radio and Television Broadcasting (Journalism Option). I interned for television news productions at KCBS-TV, KTTV-FOX and Paramount Domestic Television. Later I took a job with German Television Films, a small independent production company serving German and other European television networks with news and documentaries. I had many responsibilities including story researcher, producer and sound recordist. For most of 1994 I also worked as field producer and news desk researcher at KCBS-TV, assisting with the production of several daily newscasts. Among the major stories I helped cover while in Los Angeles are the L.A. Riots/Rodney King Uprising (1992, for German Public Television), the crash of Birgenair Flight 301 near the Dominican Republic (1996, for German Public Television), the US Presidential Election "Republicans for Clinton" (1992, for German Public Television), the Northridge Earthquake (1994, for KCBS-TV) and the OJ Simpson murder trial (1994, for KCBS-TV).
More than 10 years later I returned to my journalism roots, producing radio programs on local food and urban agriculture and editing and writing for the newsletter "Urban Grown." Click HERE for samples of this more recent work (audio and print).