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383: Sports, competition, and beating pandemics

on September 14, 2020 in Podcast

Are you fatigued from pandemic defenses like wearing masks and washing your hands? Is your community, like New York City, doing well? Do you feel since we’re doing well, we can let up at last? Do you know what happens when competing against an opponent you can beat, but instead of playing to your potential, you play to theirs? You tie them or even lose. The fatigue we feel is[…] Keep reading →

My Washington Square Park drug dealer dream

on September 13, 2020 in Leadership, Stories

I want to write a headline one day saying, “How I Led the Washington Square Park Drug Dealers to Clean the Park,” or something like it for a story in the paper. Likely? No. Possible? Yes. For longer than the twenty years I’ve lived in Greenwich Village, drug dealers have operated wantonly in the northwest corner of Washington Square Park. “Smoke smoke . . . weed weed,” they say as[…] Keep reading →

I confess I don’t get a lot of poetry

on September 12, 2020 in Art, Creativity

I’m reading a book of poetry a friend just published. I like a few poems—generally the big ones like Ozymandias and Sonnet 116. I haven’t read much Whitman, but occasionally a work of his has drawn me in and enthralled me. The year I lived in Paris I saw a live performance of Rimbaud’s Une Saison en Enfer in French, though my French wasn’t great so it lost me quickly.[…] Keep reading →

More disposable cars: Ignoring unintended side-effects

on September 11, 2020 in Nature

Less than 24 hours after posting about cars becoming disposable, discovering while writing that post that it looks like it’s already happening in China, I see this headline: This car will become disposable and will choke landfills The article’s tone suggests a wonderful novelty. Yes, it will enable people to do what bicycles do without having to pedal or get rained on, but things don’t only give us the effects[…] Keep reading →

Prediction: cars will become disposable

on September 10, 2020 in Nature

Walking around Manhattan, with many people moving out, sidewalks are overflowing with what they don’t value enough to keep. What are they disposing? Sofas, mattresses, shelves, chairs, books, televisions, printers, scanners, lamps, mirrors, plates, toasters, silverware, . . . I could go on. Notice anything about them? All those things used to be once-in-a-lifetime purchases. Some were high-tech wonders when introduced—now disposable. We don’t value them as much as the[…] Keep reading →

382: Kelly Allan, part 1: Deming 101, community, and beyond

on September 9, 2020 in Podcast

Kelly is experienced in theory, practice, and community of W. Edwards Deming. If you don’t know Deming, you’ll hear from this conversation, but for context, growing up my top role models were Gandhi, King, and Mandela. As I practiced sustainability, I realized acting in harmony with nature and motivating others to connect with deeper values isn’t exactly what they did. New role models emerged: Patton, Eisenhower, and Ali, for example,[…] Keep reading →

Mutual Aid During the Pandemic

on September 8, 2020 in Leadership

On my podcast I’ve been sharing how I’m trying to find ways to work with my community to keep it safe. You may have seen the article former podcast guest James Altucher wrote, NYC Is Dead Forever. Here’s Why: Jerry Seinfeld responded with a proud “up yours” in a piece the New York Times published, So You Think New York Is ‘Dead’: Seinfeld remarks that the city is resilient, always[…] Keep reading →

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