About Me

David has spent much of the past five years in Central America organizing transformational and cultural events, retreats, and ecovillage design courses. He spent much of this time in Guatemala managing volunteers at a farm and working with an indigenous artisan cooperative. His experience and degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and Global Poverty from UC Berkeley are a foundation of inspiration for PNM.

My personal mission

To create and connect people to transformational experiences that inspire new passions and life directions.

My most transformational travel experience

My most transformational travel experience was my first visit to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. I meant to visit for a couple days, but stayed over two weeks. Later I came back and stayed for 3 years. During my first visit, I took intensive Spanish lessons, while for the first time being immersed in an indigenous culture that was truly connected to their roots, ancestral practices and cultural traditions. They seemed content with a much lower “standard of living” than we are accustomed to in the West, and this showed me that material wealth is not the secret to happiness. I also met a number of expats from all around the world who had made Lake Atitlan their home, and were living out their dreams. It opened me up to the many alternate lifestyles that human beings can lead and still be happy. I realized that the lifestyle I dreamed about is possible, and there was nothing stopping me from taking the leap except myself.

My mantra

The Journey is the Destination.

5 Reasons to Journey to Central America This Winter
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5 Reasons to Journey to Central America This Winter

If you’re planning to be in Central America this winter, whether or not it’s for an upcoming festival such as Cosmic Convergence, Envision Festival, or Geoparadise – Tribal Gathering, we invite you on a life-changing journey through our network. Guatemala, the land of eterna primavera (eternal spring), was the first Latin American country I traveled […]

Meeting my Jamily: Evolving and Emerging Economies Jam
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Meeting my Jamily: Evolving and Emerging Economies Jam

This June, I had the great fortune to participate in a leadership retreat in California for social entrepreneurs interested in building a better world. The hosting organization, YES!, “connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers to join forces for thriving, just, and balanced ways of life for all. YES! works at the meeting point of internal, […]

Visiting Permaculture and Plant Medicine Impact Centers in the Amazon – David Casey
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Visiting Permaculture and Plant Medicine Impact Centers in the Amazon – David Casey

Temple of the Way of Light & Chaikuni Institute are partner Impact Centers located deep in the Peruvian Amazon. The Temple is focused on inner healing.  We came by way of airplane into Iquitos, the largest city in the world that is not connected by road to the outside. Iquitos feels like the Wild West […]

Hacking for Change: Project Nuevo Mundo in Hacksummit SF – David Casey
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Hacking for Change: Project Nuevo Mundo in Hacksummit SF – David Casey

Over the weekend of 14-15 June 2014, Project Nuevo Mundo was proud to participate as a “problem sponsor” in the HackSummit – a hackathon to support social enterprises and non-profits, hosted by DevNetwork. A hackathon is a new type event, generally taking place over a few days, in which a large number of people meet […]

Co-Working: The Dissolving Line Between Work & Play – David Casey
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Co-Working: The Dissolving Line Between Work & Play – David Casey

A new way to work and share has emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area tech culture. It is embodied through co-working spaces, peer-to-peer networks for direct sharing, everything from rides to commercial retail space to clothing. It’s been called the sharing economy or  collaborative consumption. Last month, one of these co-working spaces, NextSpace, hosted a […]

Build EcoVillages Through Modeling Evolutionary Living!
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Build EcoVillages Through Modeling Evolutionary Living!

This Gaia Education Certified Ecovillage Design Course explores and weaves together the four basic areas of sustainable community development, and is a participatory and experiential event. In addition to classroom time, discussions, media experiences, celebrations and rituals, we will take a practical hands-on approach to the curriculum, applying this course to help grow our eco-village. […]

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Schools Helping Schools: Student Unity via Service Learning

In December 2013, Alta Vista School (AVS) launched Schools Helping Schools Project in collaboration with Project Nuevo Mundo and JUSTA. Alta Vista School is located in San Francisco and focuses on science, technology, and service learning. Marissa Weitzman, a Sustainability and Garden Education Teacher at AVS, coordinated a school-wide community service project to improve the […]

The Tribal Alliance Retreat : A Visionary Leadership Immersion
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The Tribal Alliance Retreat : A Visionary Leadership Immersion

Reposted from Reality Sandwich: http://realitysandwich.com/216540/the-tribal-alliance-retreat-a-visionary-leadership-immersion/  In the spirit of unity, community and revolutionary visioning there is a very special retreat happening after Envision Festival this year in Costa Rica, from Feb. 27 to March 3rd. The Tribal Alliance Retreat, “A visionary leadership immersion” brings together a powerful blend of ceremonial rites of passage, community empowerment, […]