One Year in Copenhagen, Wrapping up my thesis

Aug 22nd, 2017 David Berger 3 min read

ne of the things that immediately caught my attention upon arriving in Copenhagen was the stunning architecture, and particularly the feel of the city. Copenhagen feels cozy and accessible, despite being the capital of a Nordic country. The city is highly walkable and studded with Cafe’s and shops, with everything within easy reach. I can easily stroll through the charming streets and canals of Christianshavn, admire the stunning architecture of the city center – with a stop in the King’s Garden or in the Botanical Gardens, and be back home in no time.

Free Prior and informed consent (FPIC):

Jun 25th, 2017 David Berger 7 min read

You might have heard the term FPIC floating around more and more in the last few years. It’s been gaining much-needed momentum, especially in regard to indigenous groups, their land rights, international development, and academic research. But what is it? FPIC stands for Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. It’s a concept which ensures that all participants in activities which affect their communities are not only…

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…

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…

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.

EMGS: Two Months in

Dec 8th, 2015 David Berger 2 min read

Hello! It’s about time to check in for an update. If you’ll remember from my last post, talking about the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies program, each of the primary universities has a focus: Leipzig, London, Roskilde, Vienna, Wroclaw (Our big 5): at the University of Leipzig on comparative analysis of global entanglements both historically and for the present times, focusing on Eastern Europe, Western Europe,…