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

Systemic change begins with personal transformation.

Here are some of my personal transformations. What are yours?
Loads of garbage I filled in 2017: 1
Loads filled in 2018: 1
Loads filled in 2019: 1
Loads filled in 2020: 0
Loads filled in 2021 so far: 0
Days picking up litter: 1638 and counting
Months not flying: 67 and counting
Typical electric bill: $1.70
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 179,205 and counting
Daily blog posts: 4,404 and counting
Gratitude emails in a week: 70
Resting pulse: ~45 bpm
Daily average spent on fitness: < $0.01

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.

LATEST BLOG POSTS

520: Blake Haxton, part 1: This Paralympic silver medalist shares the mindset we can all use to face our environmental crises

on October 15, 2021 in Podcast

I learned of Blake through the mailing list of the maker of my rowing machine, Concept2. Their piece on him described him as a Paralympic bound athlete. I was impressed, but only thought of him as a potential guest on watching his TEDx talk. I think my message to his agent describes what I saw in him and when we talked about in this episode: In Blake’s case, I heard[…] Keep reading →

Asking for help is leading.

on October 14, 2021 in Leadership, Nonjudgment

Do you avoid asking for help because you feel like it might present you as not knowing something you should, or lower in status than the person you ask for help? I would. I felt like it made me look ignorant and lesser. But asking someone for help is an act of leadership. It leads them to help you. I’m not saying this is a deep realization, but I think[…] Keep reading →

519: Terik Weekes, Chief Engineer for Elroy Air: The future of electric flight

on October 13, 2021 in Podcast

Should you prepare for a future of clean air travel, curb your flying, or other? I saw Terik speak on a panel on electric flight. As Chief Engineer at a company winning awards for battery-powered planes, he knew what he was talking about. He has to know about the cutting edge of various fields, including batteries, aeronautics, and materials. When the Wright Brothers first flew a heavier-than-air craft in 1903,[…] Keep reading →

Vegans who fly?

on October 12, 2021 in Habits, Nature

As a vegan who also doesn’t fly, having seen the suffering to humans, animals, and other life flying causes, I don’t understand how vegans who say they are for ethical reasons don’t apply it to their flying. Stopping flying was just like stopping meat and animal products. I thought it would be impossible and a sacrifice. I’d learned others did it so tried. In less time than I expected, I[…] Keep reading →

518: Killing cities, gardens, and parks, New York’s cruel “Open Restaurants” overreach

on October 11, 2021 in Podcast

Don’t outdoor restaurants sound nice? During the pandemic, New York City allowed restaurants that couldn’t host people indoors to serve them outdoors. Many restaurant owners credit the rule for keeping them in business. We neighbors happily supported businesses in need. The landlords saw the huge profit in keeping this public space for their private property, started raising rents—profiting from a deadly pandemic—and tried to get politicians to give them that[…] Keep reading →

In One Chart: How America Can Influence the World on Sustainability and Why It Can’t Now

on October 10, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

The chart below on the left shows why America can’t lead anyone on sustainability. People mistakenly believe America can influence others on sustainability. Why do they think so? Maybe because of our large GDP, military, or population, since they enable us to influence in other areas, but they don’t help here. Note our average per capita emissions almost five times the world average, nearly ten times mine, and ten times[…] Keep reading →

Refining one of my core message: Systemic Change Begins With Personal Change

on October 9, 2021 in Leadership

New: Systemic change begins with personal change. Old: Systemic change begins with personal transformation. What difference does a word make? I believe the bigger one is that unifying the two changes through repetition highlights the contrast between them. Making one a change and the other a transformation made one big complex concept. This way simplifies and calls attention to the action of personal change on systemic. My goal in this[…] Keep reading →

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