Best and Brightest … Genius — Esquire

A once-in-a-lifetime game-changing advance
in our field everyone else will follow
— Marshall Goldsmith

Astrophysicist turned new media whiz — NBC

Passionate … confident … — Forbes

You don't just learn theory from
him, you improve your life.
— Inc.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard University, Standford University, Princeton University, MTV, IBM, US Army

My Mission

My mission is to help change American (and global) culture on sustainability and stewardship from expecting deprivation, sacrifice, burden, and chore to expecting rewarding emotions and lifestyles, as I see happen with everyone I lead to act for their intrinsic motivations.

In my case the emotions have been joy, fun, freedom, connection, meaning, and purpose.



Systemic change begins with personal change.

Some of my values. What are yours?
Days living off the grid in Manhattan: 71 (and counting)
Loads of garbage I filled in 2022 so far: 0
Loads filled in 2021: 0
Loads filled in 2020: 0
Loads filled in 2019: 1
Loads filled in 2018: 1
Loads filled in 2017: 1
Days picking up litter: 1,938 and counting
Months not flying: 77 and counting
Average 2022 electric bill: $1.16
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 195,205 and counting

LATEST BLOG POSTS

The Spodek Method Mindset Shift: Before and After. A World of Difference.

on November 26, 2022 in Leadership, Models

People interviewing me consistently ask “what can one person do?” If people are in the mainstream mindset, giving them instruction will more likely reinforce their current state. That is, if they think stopping polluting activities will make no difference or risk reverting to the Stone Age, then suggesting they plant more trees or avoid straws will seem pointless and make you look foolish in their eyes. I suggest starting with[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on the Carbon Sessions, from the Carbon Almanac Podcast Network, started by Seth Godin

on November 25, 2022 in Leadership, Nature

Seth Godin was one of my first podcast guests and I interviewed him at his home north of the city. He also endorsed my book Leadership Step by Step. He has huge followings who love his work. I know because at his home, I saw the huge piles of handwritten thank-you notes he received, all opened, all clearly read. He recently put out the word to his community that the[…] Keep reading →

When a heavy polluter says “we need to bring energy to the world’s poorest,” watch your wallet

on November 24, 2022 in Addiction, Leadership, Nature

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Everyone claims to want to help poor people, poor countries, the sick, children, old people, and other vulnerable populations. Everyone claims to want to help everyone live longer, healthier lives. Nobody claims to want to hurt the vulnerable. After you hear enough heavy polluters say it, you recognize it as empty rhetoric to make themselves feel better and disarm opponents. The question[…] Keep reading →

Before buying a Christmas tree: A reader shares how his family celebrates Christmas without chopping down trees

on November 23, 2022 in Nature, Tips

If you’re thinking of buying a Christmas tree: read this post and the letters from the reader who prompted it. One of my new year traditions is taking pictures of the huge number of trees my neighbors throw out after the few weeks they put them in their homes. How much more obvious it can be that they’re celebrating a pagan holiday from northern Europe than celebrating snow and fir[…] Keep reading →

Six Months Off the Grid in Manhattan: Admit It, You’re Living a Lie

on November 22, 2022 in Freedom, Nature

You can imagine all sorts of reasons that made it more possible for me to live with my apartment disconnected from the electric grid than you, but admit it: if you didn’t know I did it, you’d believe it was impossible. Yet today began my seventh month. I’m not saying because I could do it, you can. I learned that because all human beings did it for 300,000 years, I[…] Keep reading →

Bringing the solar panels to the roof in the cold, on the verge of six months.

on November 21, 2022 in Leadership, Nature

If you think pollution, pushing people off their land, and putting homo sapiens at risk of global collapse is some abstract future risk, I invite you to take your head out of the sand. People are dying by the millions annually from pollution today. Fossil fuel companies pay militias to enslave, rape, and kill people for oil. I prefer not to look away, nor to limit my imagination to thinking[…] Keep reading →

Yet another reason I don’t watch TV

on November 20, 2022 in Stories

Because on the first day I watched in maybe a year or more, on October 23rd they played a Christmas ad! I’m posting partly because I was reminded that the universe started that day, exactly 6,026 years before (for details, scroll down). Anyway, here’s the story: Podcast guest E.J. Perry was quarterback for Brown University when we recorded our episode. Possibly partly from being a guest, he signed with the[…] Keep reading →

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