Category Archives: Leadership

Watch my first livecast on sustainability leadership with Evelyn Wallace

on September 23, 2023 in Leadership, Nature

Evelyn took my Spodek Method workshop in the spring, then was the TA for the two summer sessions and will lead the fall workshop. Everything else you need to know about her background is in the video below. She’s transforming herself and diving into sustainability, loving the challenges and changes. We approach it similarly but differently. Most of all, we enjoy each other’s company and riffing off each other. We[…] Keep reading →

There Are No Adults in the Room. You Can Be the Adult. Your Skills Are Needed.

on September 21, 2023 in Leadership, Nature

The main places we learn about our environmental problems: scientists, educators, journalists, politicians, and activists. As a result, we look to them for solutions, along with engineers and entrepreneurs. I may be missing a field or two, but hope I got all. All play important roles, but none of those fields develop skills and experience to change behavior and culture. Culture is key because if we could magically transform all[…] Keep reading →

See me on the Compassiviste videocast

on August 30, 2023 in Audio, Leadership

Ali Horriyat founded a group called Compassiviste. In its words: Compassiviste is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a more compassionate society. We actively promote empathy, social impact, and environmental conservation through various initiatives. Our mission is carried out by encouraging mindful consumer activism, leading influential charitable drives, and leveraging impactful innovative technology to make a tangible difference. Join us in our endeavor to create a more caring, sustainable world[…] Keep reading →

Petty Authority

on August 26, 2023 in Doof, Humor, Leadership

Regular readers know I volunteer to deliver overstocked perfectly good food from stores that would throw it away to a community fridge and pantry for anyone to take for free (there’s a fair amount of doof in it). I do it mainly to reduce waste to landfills, with feeding people as a bonus. It replaces watching TV, browsing the web, or feeding a social media addiction. I don’t understand how[…] Keep reading →

Sustainability and Making My Bed Every Morning

on August 17, 2023 in Leadership

Everyone talks about how individual action doesn’t matter when they have to do something. What could seem less relevant to protecting national security then an individual making his or her bed? There are nuclear weapons in the world. Terrorists fly planes into buildings. What do the top military officers suggest about meeting these threats? Admiral and SEAL William H. McRaven says to make your bed in his If You Want[…] Keep reading →

If you think food coops cost more or complain that some people don’t have access to them, you don’t know what you’re talking about and are exacerbating the problem.

on August 12, 2023 in Leadership, Nature, Nonjudgment

When I mention shopping at a food coop—a grocery store where the shoppers are the owners and workers—people kept saying not everyone had access to coops. I wondered why they suggested they were a privilege. I know there aren’t as many food coops as supermarkets and bodegas, but I didn’t understand why they acted like people without access were helpless. At last I realized people saying such things didn’t know[…] Keep reading →

My last electric bill?

on July 21, 2023 in Leadership, Nature

I posted last week At last, I dropped my electrical utility account. They sent me this bill off-sequence for a smaller amount than usual. Might it be my last electric bill ever? I don’t know how far I should extrapolate. I’m sure life will change in ways I can’t predict, maybe necessitating reconnecting to the grid. For now, at least, I’m enjoying the freedom, fun, and discovery of keeping my[…] Keep reading →

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