Category Archives: Blog

The Ethicist: Was I Wrong to Facebook-Friend My Nephew’s Girlfriend?

on January 6, 2019 in Blog, Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Was I Wrong to Facebook-Friend My Nephew’s Girlfriend?”. I’m a 60-something-year-old man with a social-media problem. Like so many others, I use Facebook. Facebook regularly presents users with images of “People You May Know,” and the opportunity to send them a friend request. One of the people so[…] Keep reading →

Vespertine, more than a fine-dining experience, can inspire your next innovation

on December 29, 2018 in Blog

Entrepreneurs and other creators want to innovate, to create meaningful new things that people love. Once in a while someone delivers at an extraordinary level, devoting themselves to expressing themselves so personally and authentically that they inspire us to seek greatness in ourselves to share. I was fortunate enough to experience such a leap forward–unexpectedly and contrary to my expectations, as I’ll explain. I’m not a restaurant critic, nor a[…] Keep reading →

My famous no-packaging vegetable stew formula, take 1

on December 28, 2018 in Blog

After making my famous no-packaging vegetable stews for friends who hosted me across the country, one friend’s mom emailed me: “Hi Josh, My son says you make an awesome vegetable stew with seasonal produce. Is there a formula for it?” One of my main goals is to make cooking delicious, economical, healthy food available to everyone, so I’m happy to share. I wrote the following: (EDIT: she acted on the[…] Keep reading →

111: Marion Nestle: Changing the food system

on December 27, 2018 in Blog

Marion Nestle is a hero for me. Food may be the greatest interest that got me into acting on my environmental action. Avoiding packaged food emerged from avoiding fiber-removed foods, which emerged from reading Diet for a Small Planet in the 80s, which also motivated her. She, her books, and blog, Food Politics, are voices of sense in a crowded field. Her most recent book is The Unsavory Truth: How[…] Keep reading →

110: Geoffrey West, part 3: Using science to create a vision for the future

on December 26, 2018 in Blog

My third conversation with Geoff covers using his research to figure out what to do. I start with a few questions on how to create a vision for the future based on his research. Can we change our growth trajectory, currently leading to ever-accelerating growth, without sacrificing the superlinear growth that makes cities and presumably culture stable? Recall that sublinear growth leads to companies’ and animals’ limited lifetimes. Without leadership,[…] Keep reading →

Christians’ “war on Christmas”

on December 25, 2018 in Blog

First, I thought Christmas was supposed to be about peace and goodwill. I didn’t come up with the concept of a “war” on Christmas. I heard it most from Christians. Snopes traces it to Henry Ford, who attacked Jews with it: “Last Christmas most people had a hard time finding Christmas cards that indicated in any way that Christmas commemorated Someone’s Birth,” wrote Henry Ford in 1921, more than 80[…] Keep reading →

I can’t stand the United States’ nanny state and welfare

on December 24, 2018 in Blog

I can’t stand our nanny state that coddles corporations and gives them welfare without requiring they do anything to help society in return. They’ve manipulated the government to redistribute money from people who work for a living, like me, to corporations that get handouts. It’s like socialism for corporations. What made me think of it was a passage from Marion Nestle‘s Food Politics. Since interviewing her, I’ve been reading and[…] Keep reading →

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