Spain, Portugal & the Book of Little Wins

Taking a 12-day break from the freelance slog to relax in Madrid, Salamanca and Porto finally allowed the chance to reflect on the four months which have passed since returning to Berlin with a mission. It’s not all been easy and something that’s helped on tougher days is an idea I’ve discussed with a buddy in NZ. There are also days where you feel like you’re on a roll. You’re unstoppable. They’re often triggered by one particular event, a little kernel of...

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CatchImpact — Developers In Vogue

I’m sitting with a Ghanaian lady named Ivy in a timbered German coworking space, talking about the internet of our homelands. Minutes later, Ivy Barley’s team is named as the winner of the #eskills4girls challenge, receiving €15,000 of funding and later appearing at the G20 spinoff conference, W20, where leaders like Angela Merkel would come together to talk about the economic empowerment of women — and particularly online. In our increasingly digital world we now face a digital gender divide: Compared to...

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Five years: backpacking to branding
19 Apr 2017

Five years: backpacking to branding

Last week was the five-year anniversary of the fateful, frigid day I first arrived in Europe.  I still remember being picked up at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, barrelling through ‘orrible traffic in the tiny car of friends and feeling absolutely frozen while exploring the city, since my travel attire was based on the somewhat romantic notion of ‘Paris in the springtime’ being something other than biting cold. Five years on I appear to have learned nothing, as I...

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CatchImpact — Ōtākaro Orchard Project

Revisiting Christchurch in the first weeks of 2017 was, as always, a bittersweet experience. It’s the first proper city I lived in, home to friends, family and the memories of my university days, and a place I no longer recognise as it rises, phoenix-like, out of the rubble and aftershocks of the February  2011 earthquake. The highlight of going back is always the people who call Christchurch home. This time, I also had the pleasure of being introduced to the Ōtākaro Orchard edible...

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Catching up with a hiss and a roar
22 Feb 2017

Catching up with a hiss and a roar

I’m really quite happy with how 2017 kicked off. A shambolically spontaneous adventure in Golden Bay, New Zealand. One which involved a hitchhiker, glowworms, surprise meetings, Manuka beer and a mission to get one American to their choppy ferry ride. Back in Berlin, I’m very happy to report that well over a month and a half later, my year has actually begun. I’m in no way complaining about wonderful times with friends and family, finding inspiration in the entrepreneurs nurturing...

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Seven Surprises from Thailand and Laos
18 Dec 2016

Seven Surprises from Thailand and Laos

Almost any person who’s stepped on a jet plane seems to have been to Thailand, bringing back countless snapshots and uniforms of sunburn, Chang beer singlets and elephant pants to accompany their stories of backpacker and beach bum bliss. So, it was with great delight and the occasional discomfort that I found myself surprised during the five weeks I was in Thailand and its jungly neighbour Laos. By the graciousness of the Thai people. Since the long-reigning Thai monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej...

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CatchImpact — 24GoodDeeds
4 Nov 2016

CatchImpact — 24GoodDeeds

There are so many social businesses and impactful projects I stumble across who sorely deserve to be written about, but I’ve always found the lack of a ready and suitable publication for these to be a major pain. Which is why I’m starting the CatchImpact blog series. It will be a more or less monthly Q&A showcase of the inspiring changemakers I’m lucky enough to meet while travelling or at home. And it starts today with 24 Good Deeds —...

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Reflections on a year working remotely

At this point, I can’t really say if I’m coming or going: such is a life working remotely. It feels like I’ve just walked in the door and already I’m preparing for a bigger trip to the other side of the world. This year my laptop has followed me everywhere, resulting in a remote-work mishmash of journalism, website copywriting, German to English translation, online CSR research, occasional CatchMercurial blogs and so on… And where was I working? Well, mostly in comfy...

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Summer Article Roundup
7 Aug 2016

Summer Article Roundup

It seems that many of you rather enjoyed the low-carbon Berlin to Lisbon travel adventures, which I shared several weeks back. So, on that note, here’s a wee summer reading list of some other ‘recently’-published articles of mine. Although not so recent, this questions behind this article on the tourism/climate change catch-22 are what led me to travel overland to Portugal.   The second piece (also) originated back in March at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism industry convention.  What would...

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Berlin to Lisbon Overland: Low CO² Adventures

Let me backtrack a little… Before I could indulge in the delicious treats and sun-washed streets of Lisbon, I had to get there. “Well, duh,” I hear you say. But what if I didn’t want to make the trip from Berlin to Lisbon by aircraft?… Overland from Berlin to Lisbon: Recently published, low CO² adventures  

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