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Carly Schwartz
Carly spent two years running The Huffington Post’s San Francisco bureau and two years as the company’s Deputy National Editor in New York. Then she turned 30 and decided moving to Latin America alone would make things more interesting.

She lived in Mexico for most of last year as a Kiva Fellow working on microfinance and development projects. Now she runs the Kalu Yala media lab, a journalism institute in Panama where students from all over the world experiment with innovative ways to tell stories about sustainability.

Carly likes to write about environmental issues, drug policy and international development. She's spoken on a number of current affairs panels at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, and her articles appear regularly on The Huffington Post and Quartz.

She graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and loves biking, Burning Man, redwood trees, and practicing Mexican slang.

Entries by Carly Schwartz

Yes, You Can Train Yourself To Be More Creative. Here's How.

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 1:13 PM

People often think that creativity is something you're born with or you're not. "My sister is the creative one in the family; she goes to art school," you might hear an accountant say. Advertising agencies even label their departments as such: project managers deal directly with clients, while "creatives" are...

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The Fight to Save Panama's 'Symbol of Hope' From Extinction

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 5:49 PM

I've lived in Panama for less than a month, and I've already become quite familiar with its celebrated golden frog.


The little yellow guy is all over t-shirts and postcards and souvenirs. He's stamped on lottery tickets and grinning above the entrance...

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A Groundbreaking New Kind of Tourism Makes Rural Mexican Villages Smarter, Stronger and Richer

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 9:13 AM


Blankets and wall-hangings exemplify the meaning of "homemade" at Isabel Martínez Mendoza's tapestry studio in Teotitlán, a small indigenous town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The colorful dyes are made of hand-crushed nutshells and fruits; wool is shorn directly from the...

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Sitting In A Planned Parenthood, Watching Breaking News Reports Of Yet Another Mass Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 1:10 PM

This past summer, I left my position as Deputy National Editor of this publication to go "follow my dreams before it's too late" in Mexico. Cutting ties with HuffPost meant walking away from a health plan that I'd been taking for granted for the past 5 years, thinking of it...

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The Quest to Build the World's Most Sustainable Town in the Middle of the Panamanian Jungle

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 8:12 AM


It's 10 am on a Tuesday in the Tres Brazos jungle, a jagged two-hour trek outside Panama City, where a handful of American twentysomethings have been awake and working since sunrise.

Aaron Prairie leads a group of biology students on a nature...

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Why One Mexican Farmer Got Her Whole Town Hooked On Worms

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 9:45 AM

It's festival season in the farming community of San Lorenzo Toxico, Ixtlahuaca, about an hour north of Mexico City. The windows of the church in the center of town brim with colorful flower arrangements. I wander around the plaza outside the main chapel, snapping photographs of the bountiful altars --...

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The Couple Who Used Flour And Butter To Bake Their Way Through Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 2:43 PM


The smell of melting butter and baking dough wafts through the town of Tetela, a small community nestled among the sugarcane fields in Oaxaca, Mexico. Two neighborhood boys, one clutching a basketball and one walking a rusty bicycle, amble up to Miguel and...

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Mexico's Women Redefine The Meaning Of Hard Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:54 PM


Hortensia and I trudge up the winding dirt path toward a steep hillside dotted with tiny concrete homes. Clotheslines strung with brightly-colored skirts and shirts bake in the midday Mexican sun. A faded Coca-Cola sign instructs us to ¨¡refrescate ya!¨ for six pesos....

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America's War On Drugs Has Failed. This Program Might Be The Solution.

(41) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 7:52 AM

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the next 10 years. We're highlighting causes that are near and dear to our ethos -- causes where we believe meaningful progress can be made in...

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LiveDan: Φίλοι του 33χρονου στελέχους της Google που σκοτώθηκε στο Νεπάλ άρχισαν εκστρατεία για μία «ζωή γεμάτη περιπέτεια»

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 10:04 AM

O Dan Fredinburg ήταν ένας περιπετειώδης νέος που δούλευε για την εταιρεία Google, ήταν ιδρυτής μιας νεοφυούς επιχείρησης και διαχειριζόταν μια μη κερδοσκοπική οργάνωση για την κλιματική αλλαγή. Ήθελε η καθημερινότητά του να είναι γεμάτη περιπέτειες και ζούσε στα άκρα.

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Dan Fredinburg's Loved Ones Launch Campaign Dedicated To 'Living Life As An Adventure'

(62) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:34 PM

It's nearly impossible to find two people involved in a physical fight at Burning Man. When Dan Fredinburg stumbled upon just that, he responded the way only Dan Fredinburg would.

"He walked right into the middle of it and started dancing with both people," Fredinburg's friend, Max Stossel, told The...

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Thousands Of Families Demand Legal Medical Marijuana For Their Critically Ill Kids

(86) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:17 PM

Thousands of families of critically ill children and advocates for marijuana reform launched a national campaign Wednesday supporting the legalization of certain strains of cannabis oil that have shown therapeutic benefits.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) first introduced the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act, named for 8-year-old Charlotte...

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Stunning Photos Reveal Centuries-Old Shipwrecks In Lake Michigan

(28) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 7:22 PM

Much to the delight of photographers, last winter was particularly frigid for Lake Michigan. Subzero temperatures caused "once in a lifetime" ice caves and gargantuan ice boulders on and around its shores, providing inspiration for magical images like this:

ice cave

And this:

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Ecuador May Become The Next Country To Decriminalize Drug Use

(15) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 6:04 PM

Ecuador is in the process of considering a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would decriminalize the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, according to GlobalPost.

"Treating the drug phenomenon in a repressive way, as was done in the 1980s and 1990s when prison was the only...

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12 Key People Who Will Influence The Future Of Pot

(95) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:47 PM

With 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana, 19 that have decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot and four that have legalized recreational use outright, pot policy is one of the most fiercely contested issues in America today. Recent polling suggests that support for legal weed is...

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Sanjay Gupta Says It's Time For A Medical Marijuana 'Revolution'

(29) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 4:33 PM

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has issued his strongest statement on legal weed yet, calling for a full-scale "medical marijuana revolution."

"We should legalize medical marijuana," he wrote in an op-ed published Thursday on CNN's website. "We should do it nationally. And, we should do it...

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Groundbreaking Research Suggests Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Seizures In Children

(109) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 6:04 PM

Six-year-old Izaiah Ruiz loves football, playing outside and riding on his great-grandfather's tractor. He smiles and laughs all the time, and recently received the citizenship medal at his school for always jumping at the chance to help his classmates when they're in trouble.

"He is the sweetest, most loving boy,"...

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Gavin Newsom: California Is The 'Worst Of All Worlds' When It Comes To Marijuana

(169) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 10:01 AM

California has the oldest and largest legal marijuana market in the country, bringing in $1.3 billion a year. It's also the least regulated, allowing for local governments to enforce their own rules at their whims and a thriving underground industry to smuggle the product to other...

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Top Brits Call On The U.K. To Decriminalize Drugs

(10) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 12:04 AM

British businessman Richard Branson and U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have advocated for drug policy reform in the past. But experts say their op-ed calling on the U.K. to end the war on drugs, published Tuesday in The Guardian, is especially noteworthy as British elections near.


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Medical Marijuana Patients In California Are Being Denied Organ Transplants, But That Could Soon Change

(144) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Justin Turley has suffered from cirrhosis, a degenerative liver disorder that keeps him in near-constant pain, for 13 years. Shortly after his diagnosis, frustrated by the side effects of pharmaceutical medications he said turned him into a "zombie," he started using medical marijuana to treat his symptoms.

"I was able...

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