Before I left the states

Sep 21st, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

Coming up on my birthday (just 4 days and it’ll be my second birthday in Zambia!!) I’m reminded of my last few weeks stateside before I left for this magnificent journey! Before I left the US I encouraged and pushed my mother to record and put together all of her original songs for me, so I could have them. From what I’d read in my…

Modified delegation scheme:

Sep 14th, 2012 David Berger 5 min read

Well here’s gonna be a darned blog, A bit of insight into the process of delegation and the frustrations of working with youth and partially-motivated volunteers – maybe. I’m gonna start with an excerpt from Marcus Aurelius’s journals written among the Quadi on the River Gran. “First thing every morning tell yourself: Today I am going to meet a busy-body, an ingrate, a bully, a…

Emperor Aurelius: wisdom without end

Sep 7th, 2012 David Berger 3 min read

For every moment of doubt or self reproach it seems Marcus Aurelius’s handbook has an answer. I take funerals in my community to heart – perhaps needlessly, but I feel every death is a failure on my part – needless waste of productive human life that could have changes our world. Entry 6 from his second book of notes: “go on abusing yourself, O my…

Knowledge Is Power

Sep 5th, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

Before I get into more details about Livingstone and our week exploring southern Zambia and Botswana, I thought I’d revisit this great post! Knowledge is power, power is education, education is empowerment, empowerment is knowledge. Marcus Aurelius stood as a great philosopher king in his time. Today his memoirs offer us a glimpse of the man, his thoughts and his character. It’s up to you…

From Kaingo to Livingstone, a brief summary

Sep 3rd, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

We packed up and with light hearts had our last breakfast at Kaingo. It had been a truly special, and spectacular experience. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful and stunning series of days, in terms of natural beauty and connecting with the “wild” Africa, in my service so far. What’s more is that I was able to share it with my family, making…