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Meet the humble, secretive pangolin …

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The latest in my Change the List series — where readers pick the topics — is a story on “The most trafficked mammal you’ve never heard of.”

I went to Southeast Asia to meet these little guys.

Readers already are stepping up to help save them. They started Change.org petitions to get Disney to put one in a movie, and they’ve donated thousands to a group in Vietnam that wants to make a PSA to convince people to stop using pangolin meat and scales.

It’s always so humbling so see such a great reader response.

CNN.com/change for more on this and the series.


The Rawls Test

Posted: August 15th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Met a store owner on this street who had zero customers today. Zero. #rawlstest #obviouslyfiltered

Imagine you’re moving to a new place, but there’s a catch: When you do, you will randomly be assigned to a new income class. Would you still move? If not, that place fails the Rawls Test. I’m testing out that idea in the most unequal place in America. Check out the Tumblr.


Run for Boston 2014

Posted: April 26th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

I'm going to (try to) run a marathon for Boston. Sign up by taking a pic like this and tag it #runforboston @cnnireport

I pledged to run a marathon before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which is April 15, 2014. If you want to join in, check out this CNN iReport page.

All you have to do for now is take a photo of your running shoes (like this one) and upload it to that page or to Instagram with the hashtags #runforboston #ireport. Thanks!


Austin signage

Posted: April 5th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Tried an avocado margarita at this place. It was a one time experience.

Had dinner here after the SXSW talk.

Weirdest thing on the menu: avocado margaritas. Tried it. No thanks.


SXSW – How to make the Internet care

Posted: April 5th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

It's all happening! #sxsw room 5abc

That was the overly bold title of our panel discussion at SXSW. I posted some details about the talk and links to projects we discussed on G+. Big thanks to Amanda Kloer (Change.org), Jon Hutson (Enough Project) and Ben Montgomery (Tamba Bay Times) for joining me on the panel. Smart folks.


NK social media

Posted: April 5th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

At a #sxsw panel on social media in North Korea.

Sounds like an oxymoron. But an AP journalist gave a fascinating talk about the small ways technology is showing up in North Korea, especially for foreigners.

Follow David Guttenfelder and Jean Lee on Instagram.


Duct tape bridge …

Posted: April 5th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Bridge o duct tape

Still great. Walked across in the rain.


Love this. Sooo much pollen, harvested by hand. At the MOMA.

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Sooo much pollen, harvested by hand


New project: CNN’s Change the List

Posted: October 5th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Kuulei Davis, 28, said voting and politics don't "flow" in Hawaii. But she wants to make her voice heard by voting for the 1st time #changethelist

Check out my new project. It lives on this Tumblr page:

http://cnnchangethelist.tumblr.com

The goal is to help start a conversation that could lead to social change the places where it’s needed most. Right now we’re trying to help bump Hawaii off the bottom of the list for voter turnout.


Thoreau Experiment

Posted: July 29th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

last one. best part of 3mi commute-walk was its head-clearing powers #thoreauexperiment

I took part in Ben Montgomery’s Thoreau Experiment a couple weeks ago. Inspired by a Thoreau essay on walking, Ben walked everywhere for a week, in Florida, in the summer. I tried it for a day, walking to work in downtown Atlanta. It was such a cool experience, one that made me feel connected to my city in a whole new way. Here’s one pic from the morning walk.