Best and Brightest … Genius — Esquire

A once-in-a-lifetime game-changing advance
in our field everyone else will follow
— Marshall Goldsmith

Astrophysicist turned new media whiz — NBC

Passionate … confident … — Forbes

You don't just learn theory from
him, you improve your life.
— Inc.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard University, Standford University, Princeton University, MTV, IBM, US Army

My Mission

My mission is to help change American (and global) culture on sustainability and stewardship from expecting deprivation, sacrifice, burden, and chore to expecting rewarding emotions and lifestyles, as I see happen with everyone I lead to act for their intrinsic motivations.

In my case the emotions have been joy, fun, freedom, connection, meaning, and purpose.



Systemic change begins with personal change.

Some of my values. What are yours?
Days living off the grid in Manhattan: 71 (and counting)
Loads of garbage I filled in 2022 so far: 0
Loads filled in 2021: 0
Loads filled in 2020: 0
Loads filled in 2019: 1
Loads filled in 2018: 1
Loads filled in 2017: 1
Days picking up litter: 1,938 and counting
Months not flying: 77 and counting
Average 2022 electric bill: $1.16
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 195,205 and counting

LATEST BLOG POSTS

The text from episode 630: Simplifying Meditation Words and Meaning

on September 19, 2022 in Podcast

The notes I read episode 630: Simplifying Meditation Words and Meaning from were long, so instead of including them in the podcast notes, I’m posting them separately here. Longtime listeners know I meditate regularly, now 25 minutes every other day. I started in 2007 with a ten-day vipassana retreat and have done a few ten-days, plus some 5-days and 3-days. Mostly I pay attention to my breath or do body[…] Keep reading →

630: Simplifying Meditation Words and Meaning

on September 19, 2022 in Podcast

The notes I read for this episode were long, so instead of including them in the podcast notes, I posted them as a separate blog post. My book: Leadership Step by Step The Science article I mentioned: Limits to economic growth The article showing humans lived to a modal age of 72: Longevity Among Hunter- Gatherers: A Cross-Cultural Examination Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning Wikipedia page The Calvin and[…] Keep reading →

People who tell me I’m wasting my time versus those who encourage me

on September 18, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership

People who tell me I’m wasting my time trying to lead culture toward sustainability: My mom, my dad, the lady at the coop checkout today, nearly everyone. People who tell me to stick with it: Nelson Mandela (“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”), Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Jesus, Winston Churchill (“Never, never, never give up.”). Also Harriet Tubman’s quote I posted a couple days ago: If you[…] Keep reading →

629: Michelle Nijhuis, part 2: Stopping doom scrolling

on September 17, 2022 in Podcast

We started talking about Michelle’s commitment to avoid scrolling on vacation. She did. It sounds like it was both no big deal and something worth building on. We had intended to keep the recording to under thirty minutes for scheduling reasons, but the conversation kept staying too interesting to stop. We talked about addiction, how big a difference small differences can make, the difference between Portland and Vancouver in culture,[…] Keep reading →

Older Americans tell me they would rather die before taking responsibility for the environmental wreckage they helped create

on September 16, 2022 in Freedom, Nature

I talked to a woman a generation older than me. She told me how she and her husband agreed that they were glad to have lived full lives before humanity faced the environmental tragedies she considers inevitable. Many people have done that calculation where they hear when our situation will get catastrophic. I did it at least a decade ago, when I first read the prediction that there would be[…] Keep reading →

628: Jay Walker, part 2: Kayaking together on the Hudson

on September 15, 2022 in Podcast

I think Jay’s commitment may be the first where I participated and we had a blast! You may remember he committed to kayaking on the Hudson. He invited me to join. As you can see from the picture, I did, and we kayaked together. We shared about the experience. Note the change in our conversation and relationship from last conversation to this one. By last conversation we had spoken several[…] Keep reading →

American electric bill insanity

on September 14, 2022 in Nature

I’m prompted to write today’s email from a story Heating Your Expensive Apartment Is About to Get More Expensive, that says: “the average New York City residential electric bill of 300 kilowatt hours per month is projected to go up 22 percent, from $95 to $116.” 300 kilowatt-hours per month?!? WTF? You don’t have to get it to zero (yet), but nobody needs 300 kwh per month. If that’s the[…] Keep reading →

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