In April of this year, a delegation of six science educators and Buddhist lamas from Mongolia traveled to Montana, Wyoming, and Ohio to see firsthand how environmental conservation can be taught in their home communities. Mongolia is experiencing rapid industrial, agricultural, and resource development, and Buddhist monasteries are becoming actively involved in mitigating the negative impact of such activities by including local residents in conservation efforts. During the exchange, meetings were held with wildlife biologists, foresters, educators, ecotourism experts, and government officials, with the goal of developing community conservation strategies and one of the first environmental education programs in Mongolia.
In June 2009, I traveled to Wroclaw, Poland, to attend The World as a Place of Truth international theatre festival (as part of the UNESCO declared Grotwoski Year 2009) at the invitation of Arden2's Director, Joanna Klass. While there, I was graciously adopted by the various members of Arden2's U.S. Artists Initiative, a project partially supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, which brought roughly seventy American theater professionals to the festival to attend performances and participate in facilitated dicsuccions