We are extremely sorry to note the loss of Diego Mulligan, long-time host of KSFR 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio’s daily show, The Journey Home, who died last month following a long illness. Diego brought many years of insightful and inspiring conversation to the airwaves, educating people of northern and central New Mexico about the human condition, our society and environment. Diego considered himself a progressive, embracing the best of liberal and conservative approaches to public policy. He had little interest in the Left or Right political ideologies.

Believing in the innovative power of people, Diego knowledgeably and cheerfully interviewed a wide range of local-to-global guests about the nitty-gritty of cultural transformation on our journey to a more livable world. With youthful curiosity and edgy humor, he explored practical solutions aimed at personal and planetary sustainability. As a cultural interpreter, he helped individuals, families, businesses and communities navigate their course.

Some of Diego’s many initiatives included the Center for Sustainable Community (1990) and co-founding The Commons on the Alameda (Santa Fe), the Southwest’s first successful CoHousing Community (1992). He spent 12 years working abroad, where he studied traditional architecture and village design. He also did extensive fieldwork in arid land restoration and reforestation, technology assessment and transfer with UNESCO, group governance and consensus building (Findhorn Foundation, Scotland), community economic development (Suffolk, England), and resident-directed housing, environmental education and renewable energy systems, both in the nonprofit and private sectors (Santa Fe). In 2005 he co-founded the New Village Institute, and consulted with nonprofits, public institutions and real estate developers on the practical issues of creating sustainable neighborhoods, community and culture.

Diego is survived by his wife, Jennifer Hanan, and children Mikhaila (27), Joss (20) and Jaden (2). A fund has been created at LANB—The Diego Mulligan Family Fund.  Contributions can be made at any LANB branch. A memorial will be held at The Commons on West Alameda on July 20 at 2 pm.