Category Archives: Models

Lies, damned lies, and excuses to keep polluting

on May 24, 2022 in Addiction, Models, Nature

The biggest challenge to sustainability isn’t a lack of solar panels or carbon taxes. They result from our behavior, which results from our beliefs and culture. Among the biggest challenges is changing those beliefs. To change them, we have to identify them. I think we know they aren’t supposed to be true, just satisfy our consciences enough to let us sleep at night, that I can call them lies. We[…] Keep reading →

Our culture destroyed theirs, but which had better health, mental health, meaning, and purpose?

on May 22, 2022 in Models, Relationships

In a podcast post last week where I shared how history, anthropology, and archaeology contradict many of our views that we are living in the best times. This view leads us to think, “we may have pollution, but at least we live better than any time before,” which leads us to fear reducing our consumption, which leads nearly everyone to focus on increasing solar, wind, and nuclear first, reducing fossil[…] Keep reading →

Would you have opposed atrocities in the past? Do you oppose them today?

on March 10, 2022 in Leadership, Models

We look up to historical figures who opposed great atrocities of the past, especially helping people who couldn’t help themselves, which we consider on a different level than just helping ourselves, or at least I do. For example: Oskar Schindler Dietrich Bonhoeffer Frederick Douglass Thomas Clarkson William Wilberforce William Lloyd Garrison History shows that most people don’t help others in difficult times. For every one Oskar Schindler, maybe millions of[…] Keep reading →

Efficiency and democratization backfiring

on March 7, 2022 in Models, Visualization

People who don’t understand systems love small efficiency gains. They say how it benefits all to make technology available to everyone. When your system produces outcomes you don’t want, improving and growing it get you more unwanted outcomes. You may then try that strategy again, accelerating creating unwanted outcomes. We’re making things available to the poor that impoverish them. Then we do it more. The diagram below is an early[…] Keep reading →

Fossil fuels and slavery from a systems perspective

on March 6, 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 →

Liberals: get your stories straight, part 1: individual ability and responsibility.

on February 26, 2022 in Leadership, Models, Nonjudgment, Perception

I’ll start with a liberal inconsistency relevant to sustainability, not that they monopolize them or are the most egregious, but I have to start somewhere. Mention anything related to my environmental footprint or personal action to many liberals and I’d better prepare for them to lecture me on how BP publicized the concept to deflect blame from them to individuals, or some similar reason why their or my actions don’t[…] Keep reading →

Rhythmic beauty about the stars, Sun, Moon, and Earth I bet you’ve never noticed

on February 17, 2022 in Education, Models, Nature

You probably learned that the Earth wasn’t flat, nor at the center of the universe, and figured you knew the right answers for why everything seemed to rotate around it: the stars, sun, and moon. If Earth was at the center and the stars, sun, and moon rotated around it, it would like like it does. That model explains what we see simply. So why do they look that way?[…] Keep reading →

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