Category Archives: Podcast

432: Matthew Stevenson, part 2: What can environmentalists learn from disarming racism?

on January 21, 2021 in Podcast

Many people talk about responding to threats or people they disagree with with empathy, compassion, treating everyone with respect. In practice, I see people doing the opposite. They don’t feel, “I’m right, you’re wrong.” They feel “I understand reality, you don’t. I have to teach you.” or often they feel they have to force them. Likewise, on the environment, nearly all environments try to convince people who disagree with them[…] Keep reading →

431: I sang every day for two months, unplugged (still going)

on January 20, 2021 in Art, Podcast

What do you do if you use less power? No social media? No listening to music? No TV? Sound like a fate worse than death? Inspired by guests on my podcast who find amazing activities to live by their environmental values, I committed to turning off all my electronics to sing every day. I’ve almost never sung in my life beyond Happy Birthday and The Star Spangled Banner so I’m[…] Keep reading →

430: Rabbi Yonatan Neril, part 1: The Eco Bible

on January 18, 2021 in Podcast

In the midst of several episodes on religious approaches to sustainability I learned of today’s guest, Rabbi Yonatan Neril’s book The Eco Bible: An Ecological Commentary on Genesis and Exodus. He founded and directs the international Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, including its Jewish Eco Seminars branch. He wrote the book to shine new light on how the Hebrew Bible and great religious thinkers have urged human care and stewardship[…] Keep reading →

429: What about jobs?

on January 17, 2021 in Podcast

“What about jobs?” people often ask to counter proposals to constrain some activity. Today’s episode answers. Here are the notes I read from: What about jobs? People out of work drain on society, not so happy Store near me that sells trinkets Of any value? I’d prefer a hug, shoulder rub, or make me dinner Many stages to make: plastic from oil, factory to make, transportation, store clerk Factory, put[…] Keep reading →

428: Vanessa Friedman: The New York Times Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic

on January 14, 2021 in Podcast

Vanessa Friedman sees the fashion world from a vantage point few others can as the Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at the New York Times. She arrived there after pioneering roles covering fashion at Financial Times in a first-ever role there, InStyle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Elle. She shares the industry’s forays into sustainability—or responsible fashion in her terms—as well as sharing her thoughts on it.[…] Keep reading →

427: Behind the Mic: Attraction and leadership

on January 3, 2021 in Podcast

Former guest and founder of the most popular men’s dating advice website Chase Amante guest-hosted me to continue the conversation I started with Dov Baron on learning attraction, dating, and seduction and applying it to leadership. My conversations with Dov are in earlier Behind the Mic episodes. I start by sharing why I broached this topic at first with Dov, despite it not obviously connecting to sustainability. The short answer[…] Keep reading →

426: Why unplug?

on January 2, 2021 in Podcast

I’m in my second month since I unplugged my fridge. Why unplug it? Not because I think its power makes anything more than a negligible difference. This episode describes why. Here are my notes I read from: The other two reasons I unplug the fridge. The first was after reading Vietnam and much of the world ferments, I was curious to learn fermentation. Second is reading how much backup power[…] Keep reading →

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