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Get to Know Christian!

We’re welcoming a new member to the Creative Action team, Christian Chacón Gallardo! Christian joins us as our new Field Project Coordinator for Latin America and West Africa.

Born in El Salvador and currently residing in Guatemala, Christian is a permaculturist and social sciences enthusiast. Discomforted by the status quo, he immersed himself in liberation psychology, and participated in conferences and classes across Latin America. Over a span of 10 years, his facilitation style integrated expressive arts, popular education, and eco-socio-historical analysis. As a permaculture promoter, he seeks to decolonialize Latin American theories into permaculture curriculum. He is committed to transforming social structures that directly affect communities and environments in the Global South.

We asked Christian our favorite ice-breaking questions to get to know him a little better.

Here’s what he said:

What is one of your favorite movies?

I have many, my favorite directors are Tarantino, Lynch, Von Trier, Shyalaman, Burton, Anderson, Nolan and Iñárritu and I love Argentine movies and Japanese thrillers (FTR Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is my favorite cheesy movie)

Can you play any instruments? If so, what?

That’s a good question. I play many instruments including the guitar, bass, ukulele, and a bit of drums, piano, cello and trumpet. And I sing too! When I’m back home in El Salvador, I actually in a black metal band with a few of my friends.

You’re obviously very musical – when you shuffle your library, what artists are you listening to?

Craft, Mgla, Haggard, Skazi, John Coltrane, Amelie Lens, Joao Gilberto, Gesaffelstein, Matanza, José José, Shostakovich, Rata Blanca, Daft Punk, Ricardo Andrade among many more.

When you’re not working hard coordinating our various projects in Latin America and West Africa where will we find you?

I spend a lot of time in my garden.

Everyone has been itching to travel in the post-pandemic world. Whenever that may be, what is the next vacation destination on your list?

El Mirador, Petén, Guatemala.


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