Nineteen: The lives of Jakarta street vendors

Nineteen: The lives of Jakarta street vendors

Nineteen: The lives of Jakarta street vendors Eni, the Jamu seller in the dockyards of North Jakarta Pak Hepi, the chicken soup seller on the platform at the station Cahyan, the successful snack seller In 2008, Mercy Corps in Indonesia invited Josh Estey and me to...
Book Review: The Last Wild Men of Borneo

Book Review: The Last Wild Men of Borneo

Carl Hoffman’s The Last Wild Men of Borneo consists of the stories of two very different men who had practically nothing in common except their common obsession with the island of Borneo. The first of these was Bruno Manser, a rugged Swiss idealist who in the 1980s...
Community Theater for People with Disabilities

Community Theater for People with Disabilities

Theatre is the art of looking at ourselves – Augusto Boal, Founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed Ekawati Liu invited me to come out to Sleman, where she was doing her research into the livelihood choices of Indonesian villagers with disabilities to document a...
Coffee farmers in harmony with the forest

Coffee farmers in harmony with the forest

A few years ago, I traveled to the districts of Tapanuli Utara, Tapanuli Selatan, and Mandhailing Natal on an assignment for Conservation International, to look at how the Sustainable Landscapes Project was teaching coffee, rubber and cacao farmers how to get more...
Tribal Ink: Writing stories on human skin

Tribal Ink: Writing stories on human skin

The Owl wanted another tattoo. She already had a few, done using a modern gun. Iriene loves owls, night birds like herself. She’s an audiophile, living in a world of sound and radio waves and music, so she already had a tattoo of a grumpy, serious looking owl, wearing...