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 2021 so far: 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: 1701 and counting
Months not flying: 69 and counting
Typical electric bill: $1.70
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 182,565 and counting

LATEST BLOG POSTS

538: How much should I reduce my pollution? How many slaves should Thomas Jefferson have freed?

on December 8, 2021 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from for this episode Will hit 70 next week. Dawning on people what has dawned on what we now call the global south, that the projections are more serious than they internalized. That their world is going to be rocked. Maybe they realize, that this will be the coldest Christmas for the next ten thousand years and that billions of people may be displaced.[…] Keep reading →

537: Nate Hochman, part 1: Toward a Conservative Environmentalism

on December 7, 2021 in Podcast

I met Nate on Citizens Climate Lobby panel on conservatives and climate, then read his National Review piece, Toward a Conservative Environmentalism, which we talk about in this conversation. I’ve looked forward to a conversation like this for a long time: a thoughtful approach to the environment that isn’t politicized. Nate doesn’t hide his values and approach, but understands and respects alternative views. He shares views on questions like How[…] Keep reading →

We live better today than kings before?

on December 6, 2021 in Nature

You’ve probably heard people say we live today better than kings of old could have dreamed of. They point out even poor people have color TVs, internet access, cell phones, and food available from all over the world any time. We can live in air conditioned comfort any time we want. Stephen Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature points out we live less violently than ever, so it’s not just[…] Keep reading →

How to reform taxes: A chess model

on December 5, 2021 in Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Tips, Visualization

People are proposing wealth taxes People are talking about taxing wealth. Everyone relies on society so if you own more, you use more and benefited more, they say, so should pay more. Besides, they add, the wealthy can structure what anyone would call income so it doesn’t look like income on taxes so avoid paying any taxes. Moreover, they further add, there’s no “natural” law that makes wealth untaxable, so[…] Keep reading →

Saying “It won’t matter if we pollute less if China and Russia don’t” is the opposite of leadership.

on December 4, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

People say all the time that what we in the U.S. or anywhere to act sustainably doesn’t matter if China and Russia don’t act too. They say that they pollute so much that even if we don’t pollute at all, their pollution is enough to sink us all. Whether it is or not, to say they have to act first abdicates leadership. It says we choose to follow, not lead.[…] Keep reading →

My fourth TEDx talk: Don’t call Doof Food: systemic change begins with personal change

on December 3, 2021 in Nature, Tips

The TEDx people posted my fourth TEDx talk: Don’t call Doof Food: systemic change begins with personal change. I think you’ll like it. If you do, please go to YouTube and upvote, comment, and share it. When it resonates, you start using the term doof, and you never call food doof, let me know. I recommend using the term. It will simplify and clarify a lot in your life. Thanks[…] Keep reading →

Advice to a young adult in 2021

on December 2, 2021 in Education, Leadership, Nature, Tips

A father in one of my online communities asked people for what advice they’d give to a twelve-year-old. I’m not a father and haven’t been twelve since the 1980s, so I don’t know how appropriate for that age, but here was my answer: Not knowing the kid (barely knowing myself), I can only guess at his interests and situation, but here’s what I would want someone to tell me if[…] Keep reading →

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