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?
Loads of garbage I filled in 2021 so far: 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: 1675 and counting
Months not flying: 68 and counting
Typical electric bill: $1.70
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 181,178 and counting

LATEST BLOG POSTS

535: The best sledding hill in the world, Tommy’s Hill in Philadelphia (from my third TEDx talk)

on November 28, 2021 in Podcast

NOTE: I recommend watching the video of this episode, not just listening to the audio. What does the environment mean to you? We are motivated by what’s in our hearts more than facts or numbers so I believe we will act more when we connect with what’s in our hearts, which inspires us. The fastest, most effective way to influence governments and corporations is to act ourselves here and now,[…] Keep reading →

534: Mom, part 2: Opportunity and oppression: race and religion in my childhood

on November 27, 2021 in Podcast

I recorded my second conversation with my mom about my childhood and before during the pandemic, in the spring of 2020. Shortly after recording our first conversation, which covered race, George Floyd was murdered. You know the rest. I knew we had spent years as white minorities in India and in a black neighborhood in Philadelphia, at least part time. I was curious to learn more of the time she[…] Keep reading →

A gift your partner will love receiving. No cost or waste. Minutes to prepare.

on November 26, 2021 in Creativity, Relationships, Tips

Following up on my post yesterday about Buy Nothing Season, I came up with a gift idea that costs nothing, takes almost no time to prepare, and only uses a sheet of scrap paper. I don’t know about you, but I would love to receive it. I think it would build a relationship. I doubt I came up with it. More likely I heard it a while ago and it[…] Keep reading →

Tomorrow is Buy Nothing Day. Make it Buy Nothing Season. Give the gift of your presence and attention.

on November 25, 2021 in Freedom, Tips

Our culture promotes the wrong idea that buying things brings happiness. More like addiction. Stores yesterday were busy fake marking up prices to fake mark them back down. They aren’t doing you any favors. Did you know that many manufacturers make lower quality items specifically for this time of year. They break down sooner, costing you more, filling landfills more. But they really hit the poorest this way, which is[…] Keep reading →

533: Laura Coe, part 3: The Nature of Love

on November 24, 2021 in Podcast

Longtime listeners will remember Laura from episodes 192 and 209, over two years ago. Her book, Emotional Obesity, made a big effect on me, as did her warmth and move from success in tech entrepreneurship to her podcast, The Art of Authenticity. She pursued authenticity in herself and her coaching clients. We became friends and kept in touch since. She’s continued exploring, where it led. As you’ll hear in this[…] Keep reading →

Another reason for individual action

on November 23, 2021 in Nature

“What I do doesn’t matter,” people say. “We shouldn’t get distracted from changing systems by focusing on individual actions. BP is tricking us.” I disagree. Another reason for individual action. Asking if there’s any point in it to solve our environmental problems is like saying “if we want to lower infant mortality. Should I change my child’s diaper?” Helping all babies live sounds vaguely like helping an individual child feel[…] Keep reading →

532: Michael Lenox, part 3: How to Decarbonize the Global Economy by 2050

on November 22, 2021 in Podcast

At last, a conversation with a knowledgeable economist! Longtime listeners remember Michael here after his last book. He just published a new one, The Decarbonization Imperative: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050. His book and our conversation cover why should we go to net zero by 2050, is it possible, and, if so, how? We agree on the mission of dramatically cutting emissions and most strategies to achieve it. We[…] Keep reading →

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