Monthly Archives: May 2017

America loves addictive white powder

on May 31, 2017 in Nature

I met a friend at a café even though I don’t drink coffee. He ordered a croissant, which was coated with confectioners sugar. Looking around the café, I noticed nearly everyone had ordered some similar sweet baked products—donuts, cupcakes, and so on. No one was eating anything with nutrition besides calories. The products looked like they gave pleasure—a moment away from the challenges of life. Eating this candy, makes you[…] Keep reading →

Low Tech Magazine

on May 30, 2017 in Nature

I just found a new online periodical I enjoy and find educational: Low Tech magazine. It complements works I’ve enjoyed like the Do The Math blog, sadly inactive since 2015, but that I reread sometimes, and the book, Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air. I wrote the following about the first article I read there, Can We Run Society on Human Power Alone, which I followed up by reading several[…] Keep reading →

Sidchas lead to achievement like nothing else

on May 29, 2017 in Exercises, Habits, SIDCHAs

Interviewers tend to ask me two questions: What’s with all the burpees? How did you do all the accomplishments? They don’t realize that doing the sidchas is what achieves the accomplishments. I wouldn’t have expected that connection before starting the sidchas. I can’t really explain it now, but I know that doing the sidchas gets the other things done. From the outside you might see sidchas as taking time and[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Should You Expose a Charity That Exploits Its Employees?

on May 28, 2017 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment

Continuing my series of responses to the New York Times’, The Ethicist, without imposing values, here is my take on today’s post, “Should You Expose a Charity That Exploits Its Employees?” I recently began training for a staff position at a nonprofit that offers services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I was very happy to be offered this position, particularly in light of the current political climate.[…] Keep reading →

The Leadership and the Environment Podcast: The First Recording

on May 28, 2017 in Audio, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Nature

When I get the podcast up and running, I’ll interview guests. I already have audio content, so I’ll post it now. In particular, I’m speaking on leadership and the environment Tuesday at NYU-Stern, 6pm-8pm. Register here to attend! I recorded myself practicing, so I will post that practice recording as my first podcast post. This page doesn’t look glamorous, but it’s a start. I’m also publicly showing it so you[…] Keep reading →

The Leadership and the Environment Podcast: It Starts Here and Now

on May 28, 2017 in Audio, Choosing/Decision-Making, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Nature

Everyone wants a cleaner environment and recognizes human behavior is trashing it. We can’t stop ourselves because of the systems we created that make it convenient, comfortable, fun, and in nearly every way emotionally rewarding to pollute except that it’s against our values of leaving the world better than we found it. Only you know your values and what better means to you, but I’ve never met anyone who didn’t[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and the Environment: See me speak THIS TUESDAY, May 30, at 6pm

on May 27, 2017 in Events, Leadership, Nature

The Titanic has a hole in its hull and it’s taking on water. We’re past needing to keep measure the flow rate and size of the hole. It’s time to act. I support continued science, education, and legislation, but what is missing from pollution and climate change is effective leadership. Billions of people want to reduce their contributions to global warming but feel their efforts would be wasted if few[…] Keep reading →