Climate Reality Leadership Training garbage

on June 12, 2024 in Nature, Visualization

You can’t stop the global heroin trade if you’re worried about your own supply. This post is about people who are addicted, perhaps without realizing it or in denial, to behavior causing others to suffer and die finding themselves impotent to change others. They haven’t tried to change themselves so they don’t know what change takes. Would you take piano lessons from someone who read a lot of books on[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on the Inspire Someone Today podcast

on June 11, 2024 in Audio, Leadership, Nature

I recommend this podcast if you like my work and learning more of where my passion comes from. Srikanth, the host, prompted me to share my origin story and describe the Spodek Method. I haven’t appeared on another podcast for a while, so I share things I’ve been developing how to communicate but haven’t. Available on all podcast platforms: From the show notes: Joshua Spodek is a sustainability advocate whose[…] Keep reading →

760: Adam Alter, part 1: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

on June 10, 2024 in Podcast

Adam treats dependence and addiction in some ways different and unique than past guests who have covered addiction. One way is the business side. For example, early in this conversation, he talks about how people at companies that create products designed to addict, like cell phones, tablets, and the apps and games on them, don’t allow their children to use them. Yet they gleefully reach trillion-dollar valuations based on making[…] Keep reading →

This Week’s Selected Media, Jun 9, 2024: When Breath Becomes Air and Scientific Advertising

on June 9, 2024 in Tips

This week I finished: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi: This book sold huge and I’ve seen it for years. I kept comparing it to Ikiru the movie by Kurasawa and Death of Ivan Illyich the novella by Tolstoy. They’re all works on evaluating and reevaluating life, how to live it, and what we value when confronted with mortality. Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl too. People may look[…] Keep reading →

First sail of 2024

on June 8, 2024 in Education

My friend who teaches kids sustainability, among other things, invited me to join her with some of her students and their parents sailing in New York Harbor. She had me speak to them about things like taking five years (and counting) to fill a load of garbage, not fly, and so on. They loved it. I loved it too. I enjoy being on the water, when the wind, currents, and[…] Keep reading →

759: Bruce Alexander, part 1: Rat Park, Addiction, and Sustainability

on June 7, 2024 in Addiction, Podcast

I start by describing how podcast guest Carl Erik Fisher, author of bestseller The Urge, reviewed my upcoming book Sustainability Simplified as a subject matter expert on addiction. Carl mentioned how my book suffered from what Bruce describes as the demon drug myth. He pointed to Bruce’s work as seminal, so I started reading it. I’d heard of Rat Park and later remembered Johan Hari mentioning Bruce in his TED talk[…] Keep reading →

Another lie we tell ourselves: “Human life requires polluting and depleting”

on June 6, 2024 in Models, Nature

Rationalizations and justifications no matter how specious and self-serving sound legitimate and true to the person using them. I hear a lot of rationalizations and justifications on why people pollute and deplete. To the person saying them, they sound legitimate and true. Rarely are they. The other day someone repeated one I’ve heard before but didn’t realize how insidious and powerful it is. The person saying it stuck with it[…] Keep reading →

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