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.

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: Reflections on history

Jan 20th, 2016 David Berger 3 min read

As you know, I often reflect on my time in Zambia, and in the next series of posts I wanted to cover some of the history of Zambia, and to talk about it in context. From her earliest beginnings in prehistory, through the period of the Khosian occupation of the area through to the 4th century, when a new influx of Bantu peoples descended from…

Describing life – Living in Chisunka

Oct 15th, 2014 David Berger 1 min read

Describing PC Life in Chisunka, Zambia. Reflections from when I was 24. A short video from my service when I was 24, describing my catchment and post.

Ubulwele Bwa Mpepo

Sep 15th, 2014 David Berger 1 min read

This is a short video that I recorded during my service, I had hoped to make a series of health talks in local language, and have them for use with a T.V. and USB capable DVD player for when the clinic had power access. The idea didn’t work out, but I still have many of the files, and I’d like to share some of them with you!

West fork reflections

Jan 20th, 2014 David Berger 1 min read

Good morning! It’s a beautiful bright day here, the first time the sun’s been out in a few days, which is fantastic! The rains have been welcome and have given us a verdant lush garden. The bright sunlight on the grass brought my mind back to my last post, and Lizard Head Pass. The sunlight on the aspen, the smell of growth. The smells are…

Packing up – planning for the year ahead

Oct 12th, 2013 David Berger 4 min read

Training had come to a close, I’d begun the training program to become a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader, and I was busy readying myself internally for the next adventure. Sitting on the lower corner of my bed, I straightened and focused on my breathing. In the small, cluttered room of my lodge, I was surrounded by the intimate smells of fresh coffee and soap from…

CoS Conference: Saying Goodbye

Sep 16th, 2013 David Berger 3 min read

It’s been a little while since I was able to write in an update, and a lot has happened in between, but let me start off today by jumping back to early July – July 8th through the 13th in fact. I left off having just arrived in Lusaka, lost in the shining mirrored glass and steel of Levy Junction, and having a bite to…

Visiting Stephanie and meeting new friends

Jul 20th, 2013 David Berger 5 min read

Good Morning! I’m continuing to post and trying to catch up, and on that note here’s the next update! I’d left my site the day before, and after settling my dad’s big Osprey backpack into a corner of the provincial house, and my little orange Quechua pack sitting on a bunk in the dorm rooms, I was on my way again. I had a mission…