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At the end of last year, we launched an experiment through social media called "Despacio se llega lejos" (Slowly, you can go far). The experiment asked participants to send Despacio postcards to friends or family that lived far away. Although snail mail is a slow mode of communication, in some ways it seemed more emotionally significant. Above you can see a map of all the cities where the postcards have arrived. Below, a few photos of the recipients. If you want to send a Despacio postcard, or if you have sent one already, please write ome@despacio.org. We still have a lot of postcards and we will continue to update the map and photos as more people join. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Last Monday, February 29th, Despacio celebrated Despacio Day for the first time. February 29th is essentially an extra day that we add every four years to correct an astronomical anomaly. We therefore suggested that companies and organizations treat it as a special day, giving employees time...

Yesterday, Thursday February 4th, was Car-Free Day in Bogotá, a long-time tradition in the city. To celebrate, Despacio, alongside CityParking and Bicivilízate (our partner in Chile), decided to carry out a number of activities at the intersection of Carrera 11 and Calle 84. Despacio set up a small stand offering free basic...

What is Despacio Day? Even though we typically think of there being 365 days in a year, the Earth actually takes 365.242199 days to orbit the sun. To correct this slight discrepancy, every four years we add an extra day to our calendars: February 29th, a "leap day."  This is a...

"Despacio se llega lejos" (Slowly you get far) is our third and final experiment of 2015. Today, the Internet is the main way we communicate with people that live far from us. This generally makes communication is immediate and easy. However, we have forgotten about other...

Last month Despacio conducted its second experiment: "Office in the Park." Participants had to change their workplace from their office to a park. Many of us are used to working long days in an office, closed spaces that limit contact with other people and atmospheres, to say nothing of nature.  Working outdoors can help reduce mental fatigue and stress while increasing attention and concentration.

Last Tuesday, September 22nd was Car-Free Day in Bogotá. To document it, we held a photo competition, #FotoBogDsC. During the previous Car-Free Day (April 22), we took photos of different parts of the city to show the change from a normal day. This time we decided...

On December 4th, the Despacio team, along with our colleagues from ROL Bogota and City Parking, installed a vertical garden in the parking lot behind our office building. The idea for this project came from this picture of a garden made from recycled bottles in...

We created a campaign for the District Institute for Recreations and Sports as part of their “Pedalea por Bogota” program, which encourages people to use bicycles as their main mode of transportation. This is part of an initiative known as “know to promote,” based in in surveys and analysis. Click here for an article from El Espectador and at the end of this post, a more technical explanation of the process. Below is the final product: ten pieces that present different messages to promote bicycles, for both digital and printed distribution. They are available for anyone to use (obviously, if you use them, keep the logos there to give credit where credit is due). If interested, you can click to download each one as a jpeg, perfect for printing. We also have printed copies that we will distribute at key locations in Bogota.