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Psychology Today: The Environment: What Do One Person’s Actions Matter?

on February 6, 2020 in Nature, psychologytoday

I posted my second conversation with Psychology Today’s Editor-at-Large, Hara Estroff Marano. This episode continues with the environment: What do one person’s actions matter? How do you influence someone who disagrees, like a hard core Trump supporter? Click to the article for the episode notes. For now, I’ll include the recording here since Psychology Today’s software isn’t showing it properly. Enjoy!

287: David Katz, part 1: Stopping ocean plastic

on February 5, 2020 in Podcast

David’s TED talk has over 2 million views. I recommend watching it to learn about his project, Plastic Bank, though he describes it in our conversation. Regular listeners know my views on importance of reduction first. I wanted to know if Plastic Bank’s putting a value on plastic, increasing demand. His TED talk talks about turning off the valve if you’re flooding, but maybe he’s just moving the water around,[…] Keep reading →

286: Paul Smith, part 2: At the edge of my seat

on February 4, 2020 in Podcast

We’ll hear about Paul’s experiences with eating out, eating at movie theaters, using prepared food, and his changing views on waste that came from experience. Involving his wife too. You’ll also hear me several times feel at the edge of my seat, which I attribute to his story-telling and story-telling-teaching. I asked him if he created that effect on purpose or by accident, and we’ll get to hear his answer.

285: How to take initiative

on February 3, 2020 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Podcast

“. . . but what I do doesn’t matter . . .” Regular listeners know I can’t stand this phrase. If you’re like most people, you want to act on the environment. You want to make sure you make a difference and fear wasting your time or doing pointless work. I felt that way before I started the path that led to this podcast. Taking initiative overcame it. I wrote[…] Keep reading →

284: Why not escape to nature?

on February 2, 2020 in Podcast

People often ask me why I don’t live in the country. Here are the notes I read from for this post: They say you could live in nature This is a fundamental misunderstanding about my goals and read of situation About people, not CO2 or plastic New Zealand documentary home restorer Not about me getting away from problems Pattern: Mess -> get away -> others follow -> colony -> town[…] Keep reading →

A simple, genius way media can lead on the environment

on February 1, 2020 in Leadership

You know how Hollywood and other media can lead people on the environment? They can write characters that act environmentally as a matter of course–that is, without calling attention to it. Not to make an environmental superhero or character that makes a big deal about it. Make characters eat sustainably, put sweaters on in the winter, bring bags shopping, take public transit, choose to vacation close to home, and things[…] Keep reading →

283: Nadya Zhexembayeva, part 2: The Reinvention Guru

on January 31, 2020 in Podcast

Nadya indulged me in taking this podcast in new directions after listeners said they’d like to hear more unscripted conversation for a more human conversation. Before starting recording, we talked about the difference between celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the 50th anniversary of walking on the moon. You’ll hear that we spoke and got along swimmingly for a while. Then we began misunderstanding each other for[…] Keep reading →

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