From the 300 films in the 25th International Documentary Film festival i Amsterdam I have selected to watch six films in the first days of the festival. For the first tim since retiring I could select films during daytime, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. It was also nice that for most of them I saw the premiere that came with a Question and Answer session with directors and sometimes lead actors. Most impressive for me? Are you listening, a film on a family struggling to survive after their village was washed away by a cyclone in coast Bangladesh.
I am very grateful to my good friend and colleague Sahana Singh, Editor of Asian Water for pointing me though Facebook to the Be Inspired Innovations in Infrastructure conference in Amsterdam. Bentley System, world leader in engineering software for information modelling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure organised it. I joined the Media day on 12 November and listened to four finalists presenting their projects and innovations in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants on 13 November 2012.
Seeing old friends is always nice. Combining that with some interesting voluntary work is even nicer in the first year of my retirement. This is what I did in Ghana a few weeks ago. I went on holiday for two weeks visiting friends and I offered my expertise free of charge to our partner there: the WASH Resource Centre Network Ghana http://www.washghana.net, I asked them how they could use me. In the end it turned out that an interactiv workshop sharing my 40 – year experience in journalism and WASH communication with the Ghana WASH Journalists Network was very welcome. Continue reading