My mission is to help change American (and global) culture on sustainability and stewardship from expecting deprivation, sacrifice, burden, and chore to expecting rewarding emotions and lifestyles, as I see happen with everyone I lead to act for their intrinsic motivations.
In my case the emotions have been joy, fun, freedom, connection, meaning, and purpose.
Everyone’s experience will be unique to his or her experience, but I know we all love nature so I don’t have to change anyone. I reveal what’s already there.
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Joshua Spodek PhD MBA hosts the award-winning This Sustainable Life podcast, is a four-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, professor at NYU, and leadership coach.
He holds a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate and helped launch a satellite (having emerged from some of Philadelphia’s most dangerous neighborhoods). He left academia to found a venture to market an invention that showed animated images to subway riders between stations.
He teaches and coaches leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU and Columbia Business School. He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, Google, IBM, The New York Academy of Science, Children’s Aid Society, and other renowned institutions.
Appearing on every major network, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and more, he has been called â€œbest and brightestâ€ in Esquireâ€™s Genius issue, â€œastrophysicist turned new media whizâ€ by NBC, and â€œrocket scientistâ€ by Forbes.
He visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River twice, has done burpees daily since 2011 (175,000 and counting), takes 16 months to produce one load of garbage, hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016, and his carbon footprint is about 1 ton per year. He blogs daily at joshuaspodek.com.
Joshua Spodek PhD MBA is a four-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, host of the award-winning This Sustainable Life podcast, and professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School.
He speaks on leadership, entrepreneurship, and environmental leadership at institutions such as Boston Consulting Group, Google, IBM, PwC, S&P, Children’s Aid Society, The New York Academy of Science, NY Public Library, Harvard, Princeton, West Point, MIT, Stanford, Rice, USC, Berkeley, INSEAD, the NY Academy of Science, and more.
He holds a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate, having emerged from a childhood including years in some of Philadelphia’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. He helped build an X-ray observational satellite with the European Space Agency and NASA.
He left academia to found a venture to market his inventionâ€”a technology to show motion pictures to moving subwaysâ€”installing displays on four continents. He holds six patents. He also founded two education ventures.
He has been called â€œbest and brightestâ€ (Esquireâ€™s Genius issue), â€œastrophysicist turned new media whizâ€ (NBC), and â€œrocket scientistâ€ (Forbes).
His clients include start-up founders, executives of publicly traded companies, and employees of McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, Google, IBM, Exxon, and the US Navy and Army, as well as graduates of Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and others. He has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Forbes, Esquire, Entrepreneur, Nikkei Shimbun, the South China Morning Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, Fox, and CNN.
He credits his stellar reviews to his experiential, active, project-based technique with minimal lecture or reading or writing papers.
As an artist he has installed public works in Bryant Park (NYC), Union Square (NYC), and Amsterdamâ€™s Dam Square. He has had solo shows in New York and group shows nationwide, including Art Basel Miami Beach. He studied Meisner Technique at the William Esper Studio. He has taught art at Parsons and NYUâ€™s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He devoted years to learning and practicing the social and emotional skills of attraction and dating, becoming the #1 coach in the #1 market for the #1 guru. Since those years were in his late 30s and early 40s, he tended to coach people in long-term relationships or just exiting them.
He ran six marathons (3:51 best), rowed one, competed at the world and national level of Ultimate (#5 at nationals, and #11 at worlds), including the first ultimate tournament in North Korea. He swam across the Hudson River twice, did over 175,000 burpees, wrote over 4,000 blog posts, took over 540 cold showers, and jumped out of two airplanes.
He hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016, has picked up at least one piece of street trash per day since April 2017, takes 2 years to produce a load of garbage, has a typical monthly electric bill under $2.00, and his carbon footprint is about 1 ton per year.
He has lived in Paris, Ahmedabad (India), and Shanghai. He lives in New York and blogs daily at joshuaspodek.com.
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