Category Archives: Podcast

617: Janet Allaker: A long-time listener shares what This Sustainable Life means to her

on August 18, 2022 in Podcast

Janet shared how she found This Sustainable Life, what kept her coming back, the guests she liked, and how it’s affected her. I wish I had recorded episodes with listeners before to learn what you all like, don’t like, and want more or less of. Listening to it after recording, I consider our conversation one of the most accessible for new listeners. Janet described various aspects of it that I[…] Keep reading →

616: Michael Lombardi, part 1: Culture, Leadership, and Football

on August 12, 2022 in Podcast

Leaders who know how to lead and change culture know culture eats strategy for breakfast. This concept figures strongly in Michael’s book, Gridiron Genius. When most people watch football, they see the game, maybe the game plan and strategy. We see it on the scale of a play, maybe a game involving twenty-two men on a field, maybe also the coaches and trainers. Michael sees each play in the context[…] Keep reading →

615: Living off the grid without solar either (as all humans once did)

on August 9, 2022 in Podcast

Regular listeners know I started an experiment disconnecting from the electric grid. I began May 22. Then on July 22, I posted an episode that the solar panel or battery broke, or both. I didn’t see how I could continue so said that after I finished recording, I’d declare victory, reconnect to the grid, cook lunch, and move on. Regular listeners and readers of my blog know that I posted[…] Keep reading →

614: Michelle Nijhuis, part 1: Living off the grid for 15 years

on August 8, 2022 in Podcast

Where was Michelle Nijhuis all my life? She lived off the electric grid for fifteen years and I was about two months in, so we shared stories of the experiences. She did it much longer and her fiance had to assemble everything from scratch. I’m only two months in and can use off-the-shelf parts, but I’m in Manhattan, so can’t set up a permanent system. Some similarities: connecting with nature,[…] Keep reading →

613: Our Next Constitutional Amendment

on August 1, 2022 in Freedom, Leadership, Nature, Podcast

My proposal and rationale for the next amendment for the United States Constitution. It will sound crazy, impossible, and too hard at first, as it did with me. But the more you consider it, the more the objections will fade. It is the right tool for the right job. Nothing else is. I’ll write more about it later. For now, just the audio.

612: Sebastian Junger, part 1: Humans Thrive on Mutual Dependence, Feeling Needed, But Our Culture Isolates.

on July 29, 2022 in Podcast

When I wrote up my experiment to live with my apartment off the grid in Manhattan for a month, I looked up what I did the morning I started. My library records show I borrowed and listened to Sebastian’s book Tribe, then my browser history shows I watched a ton of videos featuring him. Soon after I read Freedom, watched Restrepo and The Last Patrol. His work makes you question[…] Keep reading →

611: Etienne Stott, part 6: Activism and Leadership

on July 27, 2022 in Podcast

In this sixth conversation between an Extinction Rebellion Rebel and a home-grown sustainability leadership (I hope) leader, we explore more of the life of someone who has devoted himself to solving our environmental problems. We continue comparing and contrasting the approaches, learning from each other, developing friendship, sharing the challenges, and sharing why we do it. If you, listener, haven’t yet decided to make sustainability your priority, I think you’ll[…] Keep reading →

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