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How to bring the third world to a first-world standard of living while saving energy

on January 14, 2019 in Blog

We are swimming in low-hanging fruit Politicians, scientists, journalists, and everyone wonders how to bring third-world communities to first-world standards of living without destroying the environment. It’s 22 F (-5 C) outside. I just closed a window in one place in this building. In another I turned off an air conditioner. I turned off an air conditioner when it’s 22 degrees outside and we’re wondering how to bring others to[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: May I Cut My Daughter Out of My Life?

on January 13, 2019 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “May I Cut My Daughter Out of My Life?”. I am the parent of a high school student with multiple issues. Her learning disabilities and mild autism are dwarfed by a severe mood disorder that has forced our family to endure daily hourslong tantrums that have disturbed neighbors[…] Keep reading →

118: Beth Comstock 2: Action creates awareness

on January 12, 2019 in Podcast

“To start, I need to build awareness.” Who hasn’t said that about polluting less? It seems the standard starting point. On the contrary, it’s the standard delay tactic. In a world where environmental issues are front page news and everyone sees the pollution that they create, claiming a goal of awareness more often delays action. You’re already aware. Plenty aware. Action creates awareness more than awareness creates action. Beth shows[…] Keep reading →

How can you tell if you’re a good leader

on January 11, 2019 in Blog

Search how can you tell if you’re a good leader and you’ll get a lot of answers, nearly all vague, like you are approachable or you’re comfortable reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses. Lots of non-leaders reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Here’s how you can measure your effectiveness as a leader: People thank you for getting them to work hard Someone thanking you when you get them to work?[…] Keep reading →

117: Jeffery Madoff: Creative Careers: Making a Living With Your Ideas

on January 10, 2019 in Podcast

Jeff teaches a class in making a living through a creative life. I’ve sat in on his class for years for his interviews and the guests. I don’t need more formal education. Look at some of the people he’s interviewed Ralph Lauren, Halston, Brooke Astor, Liza Minnelli, Donna Karen, Martha Graham, Tom Brokaw, Tony Bennett, Renee Fleming, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Karlie[…] Keep reading →

116: Michael O’Heaney, part 2: Less plastic, less stuff, more fun, more family

on January 9, 2019 in Podcast

First, if you haven’t watched Story of Stuff, as much as I love my podcast, watch the videos from the organization Michael O’Heaney leads—the Story of Stuff. You’ll hear that simple things he could have always done are available and doing them improves his life, as I heard. As experienced leaders often do, he involves others—in particular, his daughter—in contrast to many others, who tend to think of other people[…] Keep reading →

115: Sandy Reisky, part 2: A Superbowl Ad to reduce consumption

on January 8, 2019 in Podcast

First, watch the video Sandy made through Generation 180, the nonprofit he started to promote reducing consumption. His for-profit companies are already responsible for significant increases in solar, wind, and other renewable. I think you’ll find the video effective in reaching people in ways the environmental movement have neglected, but work. It presents a new way of looking at renewables: freedom, independence, and creating jobs, coming from an actual veteran[…] Keep reading →

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