Matthew Waxman

Life is a journey through the fog of an unknown woods. Sometimes we each take a different path, and sometimes our paths cross or run together. Sometimes we have a view stretching for miles through the trees, and sometimes fog blurs our way to the closest bend. But we're all here together in these woods. We may each come from different places, travel to different destinations, and prefer different paths. For some the terrain is downhill and others more uphill. But we have a common journey. WorldChanging is a guide, a tool, for wayfinding the woods, our world, the landscape of our shared future.

I am a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz and live in Moraga, California. I work at Campolindo High School (also my high school) as computer lab assistant and after-school librarian, am a volunteer with the local environmental group Sustainable Moraga, and am a new media artist.

At UCSC I double majored in Film & Digital Media and individual study in History & Theory of Architecture. A big part of my college life revolved around the UCSC 2005-2020 Long Range Development Plan process, where I was an outspoken student representative and organizer of student involvement in long-range planning. I was also part of UCSC's sustainability movement and campus politics. I instructed a course about UCSC campus planning history in the Education for Sustainable Living Program, was long-range planning group facilitator at the campus Earth Summit for three years, and coordinated media relations for the Youth-Student Forum for a Sustainable Future at UN World Environment Day 05, a collaboration between the CSSC and the US Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. I have also studied architecture abroad in Florence, Italy with Syracuse University, worked with UNESCO Florence, and taught a cool seminar in the UCSC Film & Digital Media department on the intersections of cinema, architecture, and environment titled "City within a City".

My big passions are architectural design and theory, urban planning, and pondering the future and the dynamics of institutional systems. Drawing is also pretty important to me -- it's a good way to learn how to see.

I keep a personal blog at mwax.blogspot.com.