Category Archives: Podcast

594: Etienne Stott, part 3: An insider’s, activist’s view of Extinction Rebellion

on June 14, 2022 in Podcast

Etienne Stott is using his Olympic gold medalist status to augment his impact acting on the environment, including working with Extinction Rebellion on peaceful civil disobedience. He’s been arrested, spoken publicly, and more. When I started acting on sustainability, I looked for organizations to work with, but found none doing the leadership that I considered essential but i couldn’t find anyone doing. I only learned enough about Extinction Rebellion to[…] Keep reading →

593: How I disconnected from the electric grid in Manhattan for 2 weeks (and counting)

on June 11, 2022 in Podcast

“Your story is truly inspirational“: feedback from an attendee. The government advisory Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board invited me to speak on sustainability leadership Wednesday. I spoke on what led to my experiment going off-grid in Manhattan, two-and-a-half weeks at the time. Here’s the video of the presentation, which includes the slides I refer to. Here’s the audio for that presentation. It starts a bit slow, but stresses one of[…] Keep reading →

Read my emails cursing at Whitney Tilson that brought him to my podcast

on June 9, 2022 in Podcast, Relationships

My recent podcast guest Whitney Tilson and I joked about how we connected through cursing emails. From his perspective, some recipient of his emails started cursing at him. Usually he deletes them, but mine he kept reading. He saw my email responded to an email of his that cursed in a friendly way at some of his readers. I repeated his technique, which worked for him, since it used his[…] Keep reading →

592: We’re thinking about and using solar and wind wrong. Here’s how they could work.

on June 9, 2022 in Podcast

Including their greatest proponents, nearly everyone thinks of and uses solar, wind, and other so-called renewables wrong if their goal is to reach sustainability or to stop reducing Earth’s ability to sustain life. They all pollute in manufacture, transportation, installation, maintenance, recycling end materials, and disposal. I’m not saying we can’t or shouldn’t use them. I’m saying using them as we do is exacerbating more problems than we’re solving. Their[…] Keep reading →

591: Whitney Tilson, part 1: Acting on intrinsic motivation versus feeling you have to save the world

on June 8, 2022 in Podcast

Whitney’s background and accomplishments are incredible and we start with them. He shares his beliefs and mindsets that lead to his high performance in business, philanthropy, fitness, family, and more. Then we share a fun part of how I invited him to this podcast. After he, in a friendly, helpful way, cursed at some of his newsletter readers in criticizing their behavior during the pandemic, I cursed at him in[…] Keep reading →

590: Ash Beckham, part 1: Being vulnerable, supporting others, growing yourself

on June 7, 2022 in Podcast

We started from Ash’s TEDx talks, which cover vulnerability, intimacy, and support. You can listen to our conversation on its own, but it won’t hurt to watch them first. She could easily say, “As a lesbian, I have it so difficult,” but she speaks more universally. Everyone has something difficult to share, hides parts of their identity, has been made fun of, has felt judged, shamed, or the like. She[…] Keep reading →

589: Abraham Lincoln and Sustainability, part 1: Is the US a racist nation? What should we do then?

on June 5, 2022 in Podcast

The text of this episode: Regular listeners know I’ve been living with my apartment off the electric grid for two weeks, in Manhattan, not off in the woods. Most of the benefits are about connecting more with nature, being humble to it, not dominating it. I’m waking up earlier, for example, to work and read by daylight, so I don’t have to drain the solar-powered battery. Direct sunlight is free.[…] Keep reading →

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