Travel/Study Courses:

Develop courses/ internships in cities in the  USA and across the globe

Design, create curriculum,  organize and lead Travel /Study trips

Produce Experiential Education and learning immersion events Events

Example 1:  Cities of the 21st Century–International Honors Program, Full Semester for 4 credits:  NYC orientation followed by a month each in India, South Africa and Brazil and report out to Smithsonian, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and HUD in Washington DC.  Cities in which students lived in each country: Mumbai, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba.

Example 2: Worldwide Youth Leaders Intensive 7-day Workshop   –New York City – Innovative Social Policies, Practices and Planning for Inclusive Cities .  Youth organizers from Toronto, Mexico City, Copenhagen, Rome, Berlin, Mexico City, Lima, Bogota, Seoul, New Orleans,  London, Barcelona/Madrid and NYC.

University Courses Taught:

U.C. Berkeley
Migration and Urbanization

Urban Politics and Planning

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Citizen Participation, Civil Society,

and Urban Social Movements

Comparative Urban Policy

Public/Private Partnerships

Planning Studios

Dissertation Seminars

U.C. Santa Cruz
Politics and Society in Latin America

Understanding Brazil

Community Studies and Fieldwork

Utopias and Intentional Communities

Grassroots Organizing Past and Present

Urban Policy, Planning and Practice

International Development Theories

Fieldwork Method and Experience

Trinity College
Cities, Mega-Cities and Our Global Future
Social Science Approaches to Cities
Research Methods in Social Sciences

Sustainable and  Regenerative Cities

Social Entrepreneurship/ Product Champions

Issues in Metropolitan Planning

New York University, Columbia, Hunter-City University of NY
Grassroots Leadership and Innovation
Urban Politics and City Planning
Evaluation Methods

Environmental Justice in Cities

Issues in Urban Place, Space & Time

Marginalization and Social Inclusion

Training and Capacity-building:

We are often invited to conduct training sessions with decision-makers, companies or civil society groups regarding misconceptions about the urban poor and urban informal settlements.  Some of the capacity-building sessions are a series of exercises done individually and collectively, that result in recognizing people’s own capacity as well as that of others; and finding common ground for mutual benefit.

Another kind of training we do is based on the Mega-CIties Project experience in building a global network and self-reflective learning community that can share both ideas and actual tried-and-tested experiences on the ground–towards the goal of shortening the lag time between ideas and implementation.

International Agencies and Governments  

  • World Bank Institute-development of an e-course on slum upgrading and prevention
  • City Managers and Mayors, Toronto Training –How to deal with urban poverty
  • UNDP Global Technical Assistance Unit:  Training for national and local-level urban planners and decision-makers.
  • SEDESOL, Mexican Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Alternatives for low income housing, slum upgrading, and poverty reduction
  • USIA Lecture Series: Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, and Rio de Janeiro, keynote for conference on “Sustainable Development and Quality of Life in Cities.
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID RHUDO): Training for Urban Ministers on Housing and the Informal Sector: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Cali, Colombia

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Google Foundation, Population Mobility: Immigration and Urbanization”, Global Development Course, Mountain View, CA.
  • South African Cities Network – Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban: “Innovations without Borders: Lessons Learned fm global experience over 25 years”
  • Livre Pensar Social, (Popular Leaders from Rio’s Poor Communities), “The Research, Learning, Action Connection,” Caixa Economica and City of God Leadership Forum.
  • Fundação Joao Pinheiro with WBI: “Poverty, Inequality and Local Government” Training for urban mayors, managers, planners and practitioners, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • School of Public Policy, (EPE),f Rio de Janeiro, intensive course for senior policy-makers, scholars, activists and professors.