I don’t want to attempt to write the history of Catalonia or summarize Catalan independence politics. Choose your favorite news source and I guarantee they’ll be at least one article explaining the economic and cultural reasoning behind the referendum or the increasingly strange series of events that has taken place over past two weeks. But… Continue reading “Els carrers seran sempre nostres”
Last month, I was able to spend two weeks in San Sebastián (or Donostia in Basque), a beach town that looked and felt surprisingly similar to the northern suburbs of my hometown, San Diego. San Sebastián’s population swells in the summer and the narrow streets of la Parte Vieja are full of tourists and vacationers… Continue reading GoiEner: Power to the People
Hello fellow cooperators! So as you can see I took a little break from blogging. My laptop screen broke last month, giving me some extra time to learn Spanish and fall in love with my current city, Barcelona. I have been in Barcelona for three weeks now, taking Spanish classes for four hours every morning… Continue reading Back to it
The past week moved fast. I’ve split my time between San Sebastián and Bilbao, getting a whirlwind introduction to cooperation in the Basque Country. My time in both cities coincided with their Aste Nagusia or Semana Grande, the largest celebration of the year. My mind has been in two places, trying to engage in meetings with cooperators and… Continue reading Lessons of Resilience in Euskara
… and everyone is on vacation! So I decided to travel north. The Watson is all about flexibility and learning how to make Plan B work as well as Plan A. Barcelona is a wonderful, vibrant city, and Catalonia is home to nearly 3,000 worker cooperatives, but my original plan to spend August there didn’t make… Continue reading Hace demasiado calor en Barcelona…
Hello! Welcome to my blog where I will meditate on my experience traveling the world for a year. As a 2017-2018 Watson Fellow, I will visit cooperatives in six countries (Spain, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, Germany, Canada) to explore how they succeed and when they fall short. While I see cooperatives as a revolutionary and… Continue reading Who? What? And Why?