Category Archives: Stories

Victory from the jaws of defeat: I froze two-thirds through my TEDx talk

on October 5, 2019 in Nature, Stories, Visualization

Today I gave my talk at TEDxWaltham, “What Everyone Gets Wrong About The Environment.” Before I got home, an attendee emailed one of the most encouraging and heartwarming reviews I’ve received: “I just wanted to tell you, I was extremely inspired by you and your talk today. I can’t remember a time when I was more impressed by someone’s philosophy and dedication to action. I hope we can chat soon[…] Keep reading →

Epstein, Weinstein, Trump, the Clintons, and the Sacklers were close

on September 22, 2019 in Stories

Talking to a friend, I was surprised at how close the richest, most powerful, and scandalous people are. We wondered if all of them were in the same room at the same time. Try searching “Epstein Weinstein Trump Clinton Sackler”. It’s shocking how close they are. I don’t have to present new information, only to point out how they may well have all known each other. What does that closeness[…] Keep reading →

I plogged on TV with the Doctor and the Diva

on September 19, 2019 in Nature, Stories

“The plogging community is waiting for you to come aboard!” I said it to Doctor Steve and I’m saying it to you. “When you jog, plog.” The producers from daytime TV show The Doctor and the Diva contacted me. They were doing a segment on plogging. They seemed genuinely interested in the activity and bringing it to their audience. Is picking up garbage off the street on TV what I[…] Keep reading →

How many times is it normal to be mugged?

on August 24, 2019 in Awareness, Stories

I didn’t share about The five times I got mugged growing up most of my life because I thought everyone had similar experiences. I knew we spent a few years in a particularly economically depressed neighborhood. I sensed it was one of the highest-crime areas of Philadelphia. Still, most of the times happened after we moved from that neighborhood. The time I got sucker-punched by random kids waiting for a[…] Keep reading →

207: My Sad Fig Tragedy

on August 14, 2019 in Nature, Podcast, Stories

People tell me they prefer personal stories and stories of humility, not just success. Well, this morning I messed up my fig tree. I’m still learning about gardening. I felt like a brute. Plus you can hear about my morning holocaust of bugs.

The Company I Co-Founded Locked Me Out of the Office

on August 10, 2019 in Audio, Leadership, Stories

Hear me share on Paul Smith’s Lead With a Story podcast how the company I co-founded, Submedia, locked me out of the office as the final nail of ousting me. More precisely, after ousting me from the CEO position, owing to Submedia’s running out of money — I won’t argue it being a fair reason to switch CEOs — the new team moved offices and didn’t give me a key[…] Keep reading →

Eye See You portraits by Genevieve Kim

on June 28, 2019 in Art, Stories

Genevieve Kim invited me to participate in her Eye See You project, a global project to photograph 1,000 strangers as a practice of seeing and being seen, in collaboration with The Assemblage NoMad (where we met), Ubuntu Market, Melissa Galeria, Invisible Technologies, BURNT, The Munchies Table and photographers around the world. Self-taught in photography, Genevieve has had her work appear in the NY Times, AdWeek, MOZAIC, Business Insider, UN Habitats[…] Keep reading →

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