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Thinking Better On Bogota

by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl) Last night, while looking at Facebook, I saw a link to a post on Tourist Attitude, by Mario Chamorro (formerly of Bogota, now of Boston, MA) and I thought I would share it with you.

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Plaza de Bolivar

by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl)

Last night, while looking at Facebook, I saw a link to a post on Tourist Attitude, by Mario Chamorro (formerly of Bogota, now of Boston, MA) and I thought I would share it with you.

In his post, Mario writes that his friend German Sarmiento has organized a peaceful demonstration in Bogota, which happens today at noon. A little about German and his movement, from Tourist Attitude:

He took a notebook and a pocket camera to the streets and started writing about these solutions on a blog called “Pensando en una Mejor Bogota” (Thinking on a better Bogota). His blog has become a sudden sensation that has gained the attention of the Economist Intelligence Unit, and a group of local entrepreneurs that share enthusiasm for his cause. This group, together with German, has created an inspirational movement called “Revolucion Pacifica por Bogota.” They’ve organized a mass protest to take place tomorrow in Bogota (also German’s birthday). More than 30,000 people have already committed to attending. 30,000 people will be raising their voices and proposing solutions. They are ready to tell the world that they really care about Bogota.

German is without a doubt a full-time tourist that wants to change the world by thinking differently. We should all follow his example and see our problems as great opportunities to find solutions.

One of the most exciting things about working at Zemoga and being part of the Z-team is being part of an international team. It’s seeing not the Colombia portrayed in television from the 1980s, but the Colombia that exists today. It’s getting to look at Bogota through the eyes of the people who live and work and raise their families there – as we have on this blog, which such series as “Life Through A Window” and our postcard contest. And for me, writing and editing From Bogota With Love, it’s gaining a broader understanding of, and love for, the city and the people of Bogota and the country of Colombia.

I don’t know German. I don’t know exactly what his movement will do. But I love that he is a person who walks around his city – a city he loves, a city that so much of the Z-team lives in – and sees only possibilities for making a difference and making improvements for everyone. Will anything come of it? Who can tell. But it’s pretty cool to think of 30,000 people coming together to express their love for their city and share their ideas and plans for making it even greater.

Will anyone of you be attending today’s demonstration? What do you think of it?

If you are living or working in Bogota, tell us your thoughts about German’s movement and his demonstration in the comments below.

image: “Plaza de Bolivar by Pipilarpa, on Flickr, used under Creative Commons

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