Ideating my Thesis

May 23rd, 2017 David Berger 3 min read

I’m in the last phases of my thesis, working on finishing my final draft, and I realize I haven’t really talked about it that much here on the blog!  My Master’s thesis is the capstone component of my studies here with the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies program, and I’ve been working on narrowing in it’s focus. Over the last year and a half I’ve looked…

ICT4D and Mobile Technologies

May 10th, 2017 David Berger 7 min read

continuing my research on mobile technologies and their implementation in development. Specifically, I wanted to expand my understanding of the dangers posed by utilizing and implementing these technologies in support of vulnerable populations. Data, and particularly personally identifiable data, often collected alongside geographic (GPS) data can pose a very real physical threat to community members and advocates who might threaten existing power structures. Further, the rush to embrace the ease of data collection and transmission might endanger the privacy, self-determination, and security of individuals and communities with long lasting impacts.

The Allure of Mobile Technologies in Development: Reflections on Sustainable Development and #mtech

Jan 13th, 2017 David Berger 11 min read

Today, with the rising inequalities in access to services and opportunities, the threats of a changing climate and environment, and the rapid expansion of consumptive production capacities and requisite focus on continued, sustained growth, the need for sustainable practices which minimize or mitigate harm, and empower ownership and investment in local resources is unquestionable.

Six months in Copenhagen

Dec 9th, 2016 David Berger 3 min read

I arrived in Copenhagen in June of 2016, in the height of summer, with an amazing trip to Myanmar planned in July and the start of studies at the middle of August. Now that those fantastic trips have come to a close, I’m reflecting on an amazing and blessed life.  My studies have started at Roskilde, beginning my second year in the Erasmus Mundus Global…

Exploring beautiful Copenhagen

Jul 15th, 2016 David Berger 1 min read

I’ve just arrived here in Copenhagen for the second time in as many months and it is just as wonderful and exciting as I remember. It’s been too long since I’ve had the chance to visit, to really settle in and get comfortable. In winter of 2014, at the end of my contract as a Peace Corps Volunteer leader, I had the opportunity to visit…

Into Copenhagen!

Jul 1st, 2016 David Berger 2 min read

It was four am, then it was five, and then six. The sun rolled across the horizon and began to climb into the sky. By seven, the bus rolled into the station, and a few minutes later, after a torrent of hot, exhausted bodies purged themselves from the tube of metal, rubber, and plastic, it was time to board. Seven thirty, the bus starts up,…

The move: Wroclaw to Copenhagen

Jun 20th, 2016 David Berger 3 min read

It was early, or maybe it was late. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. I’d already packed, I’d been packed for a few days. Just the last essentials sitting on my desk. My laptop out, my notebook and kindle on the charger, my travel adapter and wall to USB adapter plugged in. My orange Escape Osprey pack, a 2001 original, made in Dolores…

Sustainable Development and Community Mobilization: Presenting research at the Sixteenth International Conference on Current Issues in Sustainable Development

May 18th, 2016 David Berger 4 min read

I was drawn to the conference due to its synergy with Amaterra’s mission of promoting sustainability and conservation, and the focus on generational responsibility for the protection, and maintenance of the environment. A major issue that I faced during my time with the Peace Corps was how to encourage behavior change across generations, and especially how to encourage and promote discourse and collaboration which would enhance responsibility and accountability in sustainability initiatives.

Understanding Zambia: History and Reflections Pt III

Mar 8th, 2016 David Berger 4 min read

In February’s segment I wrote a little bit about the history of Zambia, and I touched on nationalization. I wanted to return to that point in today’s reflection on Zambia. Now, public opinion maintains that Kaunda’s decision to nationalize the copper mines was more political than economic. He was advised on multiple fronts that the nationalization of the mines would not be a good idea…

Understanding Zambia: History and Reflections Pt. II

Feb 12th, 2016 David Berger 5 min read

In January’s segment on Zambia and Zambian History, I wrote about Zambia’s development as a country under colonial rule, and simplified its path through its transition to independence. In this section I’d like to talk more about the next phase of Zambian History – particularly it’s evolution as a free country, and some of it’s better known projects. The modern free nation of Zambia was…