Category Archives: Models

No, they aren’t living in the stone age

on November 29, 2022 in Models

I’m no expert on indigenous cultures, but I’m learning more about them all the time. I’ve had guests on the podcast who lived years and in cases decades with the San in Southern Africa, the Hadza in Tanzania, the Tsimane in Bolivia, the Kogi in Colombia, and the Matses in Peru. I’ve also had Native American guests. I’ve attended workshops in New York by Native Americans. Besides learning from others,[…] Keep reading →

The Spodek Method Mindset Shift: Before and After. A World of Difference.

on November 26, 2022 in Leadership, Models

People interviewing me consistently ask “what can one person do?” If people are in the mainstream mindset, giving them instruction will more likely reinforce their current state. That is, if they think stopping polluting activities will make no difference or risk reverting to the Stone Age, then suggesting they plant more trees or avoid straws will seem pointless and make you look foolish in their eyes. I suggest starting with[…] Keep reading →

Flawed By Design: UN Population Predictions Are Based on Faulty Models

on November 14, 2022 in Models, Nature

Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines about tomorrow: World population to reach 8 billion on 15 November 2022, according to United Nations predictions. Are we overpopulated? You’ve seen graphs of population projections from the UN showing the population leveling off or possibly decreasing by 2100 like this one. Does the graph reassure you and make you feel good that the population problem is working itself out with no big collapse likely,[…] Keep reading →

How old is our culture? Could it be only about 200 years?

on October 31, 2022 in Models

An interesting anthropological question is how old our culture is. It’s tempting to trace its roots to ancient Greece or even the Code of Hammurabi almost four thousand years ago. I’m not an anthropologist, but I contend that our polluting culture adopted many of its top values since the Industrial Revolution. Since then, we’ve abandoned and replaced, at least regarding how we interact with each other through the environment, once[…] Keep reading →

How polluters see nature versus how non-polluters do

on October 16, 2022 in Models, Nature

I just watched a documentary, La Foret d’Ebo. One of the people who lives in the Ebo forest in Cameroon says: “The Ebo forest requires strong protection, for us and for generations to come. I never would have thought that one day someone would try to sell the Ebo forest. Ever since I found out I have been wondering why. If we are alive today, it is only because of[…] Keep reading →

Fossil fuels and slavery from a systems perspective (new diagrams)

on August 28, 2022 in Models, Nature, Nonjudgment, Visualization

You’ve heard my conversations with award-winning authors, scholars, and other experts on slavery. With a couple I’ve talked about the connection between that system and ours. Most of the time, I’ve thought of the connection as an analogy. For a while, I’ve seen the connection as closer. Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan professor in its business school and its School of Natural Resources and Environment, wrote of his discovering the[…] Keep reading →

The three top ways liberals and environmentalists stop themselves from thinking and acting

on August 13, 2022 in Addiction, Models, Nature

Conservatives have their ways of stopping themselves from thinking too. I’ll cover them in another post. Actually, everyone stops themselves from thinking and acting. For example, people of all backgrounds parrot some version of I care about the environment and act as much as I can, but I can’t do everything. I have to balance it with other real-life concerns, like safety for my children and how much time I[…] Keep reading →

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