TEACHING & COMMUNICATIONS

Adjunct Professor
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:
  • UPD 499B: Planning for Urban Agriculture
  • UPD 412 WI: Urban Planning and Design Studio IV – Vacancy and Opportunities for Ecological Urbanism in Kansas City, MO
  • ECON 158: Introduction to Urban Studies (Anchor 1: Values and Reasoning)
  • UPD 332CZ: Environmental Sustainability
I have outlined a pattern language for urban agriculture and introduced students to compassionate city design (example: Randolph Hester’s Design for Ecological Democracy).
Workshop Teacher
I have developed and taught workshops and seminars on subjects including mindfulness, sustainability, farming, permaculture and urban design.  Participants have included refugees, farmers, community leaders, prisoners, architects, planners and many more. Examples of workshops and shorter seminars I have led are:
  • Introduction to Nonviolent Communication. (February 2015). Co-facilitator. Reaching Out from Within at Lansing Correctional Facility. Lansing, KS.
  • Organic Farming Techniques for Refugees. (2007 – 2012). A series of spring trainings on organic production methods for farmers with limited or no English comprehension. Offered by Cultivate Kansas City. Kansas City, KS.
  • Designing Edible Forest Gardens. (May 2011). A workshop on sustainable perennial food production systems for farmers and gardeners. Offered by Cultivate Kansas City. Funded by Audubon / Toyota. Kansas City, KS.
Public Speaker & Panelist
 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:
  • Peace Is Every Step. (April 2014). Presentation and workshop at Day of Resilience: Inspire, Educate, Transform. Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health. Kansas City, MO.
  • Foodscapes: Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Design and Community Health. (March 2012). Panelist. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS.
  • Toward a New Dialog for Justice and Sustainability. (November 2010). Presentation to National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Public Meeting and Workshops. Kansas City, MO.
  • Urban Agriculture and the Green Economy. (July 2010). Presentation to Green Jobs—Finding the Right Path Forward. Annual Dialog on Sustainability. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
  • Building Edible Cities – Urban Agriculture for Planning and Design Professionals. (June 2009). Presentation and panel discussion in conjunction with Kansas City Urban Farms and Gardens Tour. University of Missouri, Kansas City. Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. With Dr. Jacob Wagner.
  • Visions for an Edible City. (October 2008). Presentation to American Planning Association Bi-state Conference. Kansas City, MO.
Journalist
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 worked as a researcher and producer for European and American television stations.  Major stories I helped cover include the L.A. Riots/Rodney King Uprising (1992), the crash of Birgenair Flight 301 near the Dominican Republic (1996), the US Presidential Election “Republicans for Clinton” (1992), the Northridge Earthquake (1994) and the OJ Simpson murder trial (1994). Ten years later I returned to my journalism roots, producing radio programs and a newsletter focusing on urban agriculture (see Publications).

"Daniel has exceptional skills as an educator, both in formal presentation and in workshop settings. He is a clear and compelling speaker. Through our partnership with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and the New Roots for Refugee program at Juniper Gardens, he has developed particular expertise in working across language and nationality/ethnic differences and in working with non-literate refugee and immigrant communities."

Katherine Kelly
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, USA.

"Daniel has been a dear and valued colleague to me, whose intelligence, creativity, sense of humor and big heart I have greatly appreciated.... Daniel is a well-organized manager, inclusive and holistic in style and, where appropriate, also hands-on. He involves people, works hard to build consensus and makes team members feel valued and heard. Daniel goes the extra mile in finding and implementing lasting and comprehensive solutions."

Rachel Pollock
Director of Refugee and Immigration Programs, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, USA

"Daniel was a definite asset to our assignment desk...it requires highly organized, flexible and intelligent individuals with exceptional communication skills and the ability to handle ever-present deadline pressure."

Richard Ayoub
Executive Producer, KCBS-TV Los Angeles, USA

"Daniel has been highly organized and prepared, open to mentoring and guiding students, and a truly innovative and creative thinker. The students have had a very positive response to Daniel and his open-hearted and compassionate approach... Daniel is a patient and forgiving instructor who maintains high standards in the classroom while moving students to do more creative and challenging work."

Dr. Jacob Wagner
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design, University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

"Daniel... never hesitated to go the 'extra mile' toward a better product"

Ruth Schwartz
Executive Director, Shelter Partnership, Los Angeles, USA

"Students receive invaluable opportunities for additional learning thanks to engaged farmers and community activists like yourself"

Robert J. Dole
Former U.S. Senator

"Propelled by his curiosity and meticulous approach, Daniel searches thoroughly and leaves no source unchecked. As a producer he has exhibited great talent in planning and supervising complex television productions, even under extreme pressure. Whatever the task at hand, Daniel consistently goes beyond the call of duty."

Alexander von Wechmar
Chief Correspondent, German Television Films, Los Angeles, USA

"Daniel also understands the needs of large organizations, and is skillful in finding out where he can help in a harmonious and insightful way. He has the qualities of a community-builder, which are rare and difficult to find, and those working with him develop a sense of trust and friendship with him easily."

Thay Phap Luu
Senior Dharma Teacher & Bhikshu Monk, Plum Village Meditation Center, France

"Daniel brought great enthusiasm and an infectious joyful energy to our group and the work. This energy gifted our group with motivation and helped us to consistently achieve our goals.

Daniel used his life experience and wisdom to offer mentorship to me and the team members in matters including meditation, relationships and conflict resolution. Personally I grew a lot in Daniels company, and through dialogue with him learned a lot about what's important in life.   

What impressed me most about Daniel is his deep desire to serve. He feels a deep affinity with the earth and the inhabitants of the earth. His work reflects this affinity. He is moved to protect the environment and help those he meets grow, heal and work towards realising their true potential."

Stuart Watson
Co-Founder, Plum Village Happy Farm, Plum Village Monastery, Thénac, France