TEACHING & COMMUNICATIONS
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).
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.
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).