About: Joe Dodgshun

Berlin-based Kiwi, passionate about writing, photography, and the potential of both to open minds and open worlds. Inspired by climate innovation, socent and responsible travel, hoping to inspire others.

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 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 — a German non-profit...

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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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The lost weeks of Lisbon
2 Jun 2016

The lost weeks of Lisbon

Three weeks have somehow passed since I arrived in Lisbon; time which I can only assume simply evaporated in the indescribable light that illuminates this city. I’ve not forgotten. There was work, room-hunting, drinking moonshine cherry schnapps from the old lady selling it out of her window, wandering the streets, riding its ferries and buses, adventures with new friends, gasping in the cold Atlantic waters and an octupus that set off a charming little allergic reaction. But at this point,...

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Five Lessons I’ve Lived & Learned as a Remote Freelancer

My one year anniversary as a remote freelance writer has long come and gone, leaving behind a mountain of published words, enough coffee stains that my plastic-topped desk occasionally attains a convincing oak hue, and a handful of  rather important lessons. In the interest of  noting these down for those days where nothing seems to work  helping others who are thinking of making the leap, here are the top five lessons I’ve lived and learned since starting out as a freelancer. The importance...

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