Category Archives: Nature

How learning sustainability is like learning sex

on February 22, 2021 in Education, Nature

My books and courses get stellar reviews because they teach how to lead and take initiative effectively—not through lecture but through practicing the basics and advancing as we improve, sometimes to mastery. We learn all performance-based fields that way—sports, dance, music, military, and so on. I approached coaching acting sustainably similarly. It hit me the other day that some things we don’t need structured learning for—things we love without any[…] Keep reading →

Hear my second conversation on This Sustainable Life: Solve for Nature

on February 17, 2021 in Nature, Podcast

I wrote about Eugene launching This Sustainable Life: Solve for Nature with me as his first guest. As the guest on his podcast, he led me to commit to an environmental activity based on my environmental values. I committed to planting some edible plants in my windowsill. Listen to hear my results, how Joe DeSena and Spartan Race get involved, and more. Click here to listen at Eugene’s site and[…] Keep reading →

Do we need math and science after school?

on February 16, 2021 in Education, Nature

You might think with a physics degree I’d feel strongly that we should require students to learn a fair amount of math and science. I love the subjects and consider them as beautiful as any art or music, but until recently didn’t consider them beyond simple calculations important for most people. The pandemic and environment changed that view. The U.S. response to the pandemic exemplifies what happens when a nation[…] Keep reading →

The Founding Fathers, travel, and flying

on February 15, 2021 in Freedom, Nature

With my practicing singing the national anthem and my guests who are experts in abolition, I keep researching the colonies and early United States. Not my goal, but I noticed how often the American Founding Fathers kept showing up in Europe. Here’s Benjamin Franklin in Paris: I could have posted about Jefferson, John Adams, or, for all I know, many non-famous colonists and early Americans visiting Europe and the Caribbean.[…] Keep reading →

Where Is the World Going, Mr. Spodek?

on February 14, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Where Is the World Going, Mr. Stiglitz? I saw a dvd at the library called Where Is the World Going To, Mr. Stiglitz and recognized the name and face of, Joseph Stiglitz, honoree of the economics Nobel and professor at Columbia Business School, where I got my MBA and friends took his course so I felt connected. Libraries lend for free, so I borrowed it, not knowing what to expect.[…] Keep reading →

What the biggest human structure says about culture

on February 12, 2021 in Nature

A friend pointed out how the biggest architectural structure has changed over history and what it says about culture. After listing a few he mentioned, I’ll share the one I think will come next, if we haven’t already attained it. I forget the details, but since the agricultural revolution led to permanent structures the largest structures humans have created have included: Markets for trading produce—probably the first. Religious structures or[…] Keep reading →

My latest ecological footprint, according to online calculator: 0.8 tonnes of CO2 annually

on February 10, 2021 in Nature

Since unplugging the fridge and a few other changes, I revisited the online calculator I used in my post from a couple years ago, My ecological footprint. My results: I cause 0.8 tonnes of CO2 emitted annually. I’m happy to have brought it down, but I’m just one person. I intend to help change a system that makes burning fossil fuels so standard and unquestioned. Systemic change begins with personal[…] Keep reading →

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