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?
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: 1,911 and counting
Months not flying: 76 and counting
Average 2022 electric bill: $1.16
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 193,765 and counting

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Countering my posts on garbage: Mulberries!

on July 4, 2022 in Nature

Last week I posted a few posts on garbage in Washington Square Park and how not to lose hope. Today, I’m sharing about one of the best parts of nature. Yesterday I took the PATH train to New Jersey, to my secret mulberry trees, to pick mulberries for the first time this season. I already went to town on Juneberries last month. I can walk to enough juneberry trees to[…] Keep reading →

When did they start making ice cream that doesn’t melt?

on July 3, 2022 in Doof, Nature

Picking up litter every day in a neighborhood with a few ice cream stores, I find a lot of discarded containers still containing ice cream. People wonder how we waste so much food, yet look the other way when it’s themselves. I’ve noticed a lot of the ice cream doesn’t melt, but stays in a semi-solid state. Though I used to love ice cream, now it seems cloying and disgusting,[…] Keep reading →

601: Bill Benenson, part 3: Hadza Versus American Culture and Little Kids with Sharp Knives

on July 2, 2022 in Podcast

Since Bill visited the Hadza in modern-day Tanzania, and I’ve been learning about cultures that have lived for tens to hundreds of thousands of years, I asked him about how they lived. We talked about their religion, rituals, dancing, singing, fashion, textiles, and culture in general. Neither of us studies people or cultures, so we’re just two people talking about our observations, but it’s pretty clear when little boys learn[…] Keep reading →

600: Etienne Stott MBE, part 4: What it’s like rebelling with Extinction Rebellion

on July 1, 2022 in Podcast

Following up last conversation with Etienne, on Extinction Rebellion’s mission, strategy, and tactics, this time we talk about his path from disengagement to becoming a Rebel—that is, playing a significant role in Extinction Rebellion and committing a major part of his life to it. I don’t know many others who have committed and dedicated so much personally, with such dedication and passion, to making sustainability one of their priorities or[…] Keep reading →

Not only Pride and Queer Liberation: A Regular Day in Washington Square Park

on June 30, 2022 in Addiction, Nature, Visualization

I posted videos and images the other day After the Pride and Queer Liberation Marches 2022: Washington Square Park wrecked again. I could cry. This morning, I saw the every day wreckage of Washington Square Park and felt I should show it on a regular day. To be fair, I only took pictures of the northwest corner. The rest of the park was covered with poisonous plastic waste, all unnecessary,[…] Keep reading →

How Not to Give Up

on June 29, 2022 in Habits, Leadership, Tips

A friend emailed to respond to yesterday’s post After the Pride and Queer Liberation Marches 2022: Washington Square Park wrecked again. I could cry to say “I have to admit I can’t even get myself to watch the videos, the images are truly horrifying! I don’t know what to say…” I responded with a sentiment I’ve posted to this blog before, but I think it bears repeating. Leading in unknown[…] Keep reading →

After the Pride and Queer Liberation Marches 2022: Washington Square Park wrecked again. I could cry.

on June 28, 2022 in Nature, Visualization

Following up last year’s videos and images of Washington Square Park after the Pride March and Queer Liberation March, Here are videos and images of the park after this year’s marches. Prepare to want to cry or vomit. I can’t see how any one could accept how we are treating each other and nature. It is a statement of our culture at every level. Not one item of trash in[…] Keep reading →

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