This is the web site for Dave Bockmann. Here you'll find
information about my work and interest in economic and community development in
the U.S., India, and the Philippines; my publications, including stories for the
North American Post newspaper, workshops for NPO leaders and, occasionally,
pictures of my travels.
After many years of living and working in the Pacific Northwest as an organizer, journalist, non-profit organization director and finally as a
program coordinator with the City of Seattle s Department of Neighborhoods, I moved to Tokyo , Japan. That was in September 2001.
In Tokyo , I taught English as a Foreign Language and
correspondent for the North American Post (see "Japan
Journal"). More recently, I've begun lecturing on
'Third World Development' and on 'Civil Society' at Keio University.
Community Development & Fieldwork
I've spent most of my life working in community development. Some of
my experiences are recorded in the section on
Community Development. My
current interest is in comparing development in industrialized countries
like the U.S. and Japan with that in the developing world. Southern
India and the Philippines is the current locus for that work.
In conjunction with this work, Dr. Yuko Nishimura of Komazawa University
and I organize fieldwork experiences in India for Japanese college students (see
Fieldwork below or go to "Community
February, 2008 the students helped raise funds and then traveled to
India to help construct eco-san toilets in a small Indian fishing
village. See: Eco-San Project
A Playground for Kovalam:
In early 2007, the students helped build a playground in
fishing village. (See: A Playground for Kovalam).
In February 2005, the students visited several
tsunami devastated villages. That story and a short video are found in
the Community Development pages. Or here: Tsunami
Research and Education
Dr. Nishimura and I
have collaborated on a research project comparing the relationship between non-profit organizations and local
governments in Japan and the U.S. We are now part of an
international team of researchers studying civil society in Asia. Finally, I conduct workshops about community organizing, non-profit organization management and development, and leadership development.
For a bit more information, the Japan Times some time ago, published a
feature story that may be of interest: "About