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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...

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...

The Universidad de los Andes School of Medicine  has recently published a new factsheet "Are we moving towards healthier cities?" Despacio contributed to the factsheet. The short report explains the health benefits of active transport in Bogota and in Colombia overall. A few key statistics: 34% of Colombian...

"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.

The second phase of Catharsis Bogotá (a joint initiative of Despacio and El Espectador) focuses on mobility, one of the main urban problems identified in the first phase of the project. The survey received 504 responses to the following question: What are you willing to do to...

Catharsis Bogotá is a new joint project of Despacio and El Espectador to understand what bogotanos find bothersome about the city. The project starts with a simple question asking people what they dislike about Bogotá and then uses these responses to generate solutions to these problems. Help us by filling out the survey. For those of...

We were in three cafés in the city, measuring noise levels and comparing them with people's perceptions. The work involved taking measurements (in decibels) for a day in each café and surveys of customers' perceptions of noise. The goal was to connect the objective measurement of...

Efficiency, environmental impact and quality of life in contemporary Medellín (download flyer) Hosted by LSE Cities, Despacio and Parque Explora, and with participation from Medellín Municipality, this panel discussion aims at mapping and understanding the role urban lighting can play in improving livelihoods, increasing safety and fostering...