Category Archives: Leadership

Don’t put your faith in the next generation. The last generation put faith in you. Act yourself first.

on July 2, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

It’s become fashionable, it seems, for old people to say their delight and confidence that the next generation will fix the problems we created. I see them trying to pass the buck to people who can’t speak back. I’ve written before that they’re just saying “no me, not now, someone else, some other time.” Old people can vote, hold assets, be elected, drive, and so on. Young people can’t. Waiting[…] Keep reading →

More Mechai Viravaidya resources: Our world’s top role model

on June 24, 2021 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

In preparing for my podcast conversation with Mechai Viravaidya, his team sent extra material. I think you’ll value knowing more about him. First, given that We Can Dance Around Environmental Problems All We Want. We Eventually Reach Overpopulation and Overconsumption, I consider Mechai’s work on family planning among the most important work in the world, beyond the Green Revolution. He lowered birth rate through voluntary, fun means that increased health,[…] Keep reading →

Why I Chose Not to Run for Office

on June 21, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

First, I support people who choose to work through government to stop our degrading Earth’s ability to sustain life. I believe they can achieve a lot. I want to get them votes. But I see other ways to lead that others aren’t doing where I can affect more. When I concluded the most important missing action on sustainability was leadership about a decade ago, I considered running for office. We[…] Keep reading →

What Actions Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Most?

on June 18, 2021 in Education, Leadership, Nature

People often ask what personal actions they can do to reduce emissions most. I’ll give the answer by the numbers, then give a better answer. Sadly, most people who ask then respond with reasons why they can’t do anything, rationalizing that they are powerless when they aren’t. They just want to feel better. By the numbers As you can see, having fewer kids dwarfs everything. I do all of the[…] Keep reading →

12 Sustainability Leadership Lessons Unplugging My Fridge for 6.5 Months Taught Me

on June 9, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Isn’t a refrigerator essential? Isn’t life with them better? I thought so. I’ll quote my mom from my podcast to illustrate where I came from: I grew up where it was easily ninety degrees every single day. In fact, where I worked, the store if it got ninety degrees outside we got to close the store and go home because it was that unsafe. To me, air conditioning was wonderful.[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on My Wakeup Call with Dr. Mark Goulston

on June 8, 2021 in Audio, Leadership

Mark Goulston hosted me on his podcast My Wakeup Call. He is the bestselling author of Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior and Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone among other books. Recent guests on his podcast include Ram Charan, Jordan Peterson, and the CEO of the 76ers (I grew up in Philadelphia). We’ve also overlapped many, including Jeff Madoff and Dorie[…] Keep reading →

Richard Nixon: Environmentalist (compared to us today)

on May 28, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Environmentalists today like to try to enlist conservatives and republicans by pointing out how Richard Nixon started the Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental initiatives. As summer begins, I propose citing him to enlist environmentalists to take personal responsibility—a necessity to lead others. Would you like to influence others? Air conditioning It’s not yet summer. Have you turned on your air conditioner? I can hear them all over my neighborhood.[…] Keep reading →

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