19 May

Charrette: An Aerial View

Posted by in Collaboration, Diversity

Cities influence the world. Read anything about the future of society, and you will likely hear about a world that is becoming increasingly more urban. For instance, it is estimated that over the next 30 years, urban populations in the majority world will increase by 5.5 million people each month, according to the United Nations […]

13 May

Words Have Feelings, Too

“It’s not the word’s fault,” my German teacher said, as he explained to us why you shouldn’t say the word Führer. “When someone says it [Führer], this is all we think about,” he said, drawing a toothbrush moustache on his face with his index finger and making the “Heil, Hitler” gesture. In the dictionary, Führer […]

6 May

Eager Hearts, Untrained Eyes

Our bags were loaded, ready to meet pressing needs on the streets. Before our group left the central Serve the City meeting point and headed toward Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof, we had been coached that it would take courage and respect to interact with people who were different from us. Obviously giving out food wouldn’t be […]

15 April

Teamwork: Easier Said Than Done

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Collaboration has become a buzzword in today’s workplaces. The underlying assumption: the sum of collaborative efforts will be greater in quality, quantity or speed than what any individual effort could carry out. However, no collaboration – great or small – will happen without productive teamwork. Teamwork builds a foundation upon which the framework of collaboration can […]

8 April

VLOG: Living Without Walls

John used to think that much of the Christian life happened inside the walls of the church. Since coming to Berlin, the recent college graduate has expanded his ideas of what it means to be a Christian.  And what this looks like may or may not surprise you.     How far would you travel […]

1 April

The Red Car is Gone

Kantstraße from the third floor flat. Framing history through my view out the window. I see ornate structures restored. Others newly built. Rows of shops that make today’s Berlin – fresh-baked bread, amps and basses, buds and blossoms, antiques from an era gone by, Wiener Beisl next to Paris Bar and Restaurant. Who lives behind […]

25 March

I Thought I Was Going to Help

I walk by two street people and their dog everyday on my way to buy Brötchen (buns) for breakfast. I dash into the store for the buns, a quart of milk, some sandwich meat and cheese, and then I scurry past them back to the comfort of our flat – safe and sound – to […]

19 March
8 March

Picturing Impossible, Possible

Does this look like a picture of a world-class, cosmopolitan city to you? Probably not. I shot this panorama from a local bridge where I like to run. It doesn’t reflect the modernity of Berlin like these photos of Berlin do, but, for me, it gives an unpolished glimpse of a city in progress. Berlin is a constantly […]

4 March

Get to Know the City

When I seek to understand a city, I try to balance three sources of input: written material (stories, history, studies, etc.), talking to people (first-hand understanding), and walking the streets (my own feeling, sensing, observing).

There are several categories, general and specific, that I seek to understand: