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 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: 1,751 and counting
Months not flying: 70 and counting
Typical electric bill: $1.70
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 185,231 and counting


551: Chad Foster, part 4: Flying to skiing, but not camping in the back yard

on January 16, 2022 in Podcast

In this episode we talk about how to lead people, but I can’t help notice on listening afterward how quick and easy it is for him to fly his whole family across the country several times a season, but impossible to pitch a tent in his back yard. Whatever effect I’ve had on other guests, it’s not happening with Chad. What he shares about leadership, I agree with and his[…] Keep reading →

Challenge question (and answer): Could you pollute before fossil fuels?

on January 15, 2022 in Nature

I used to think polluting was an inevitable consequence of living. The best we could do was minimize it. But thinking about our ancestors who lived for hundreds of thousands of years in a region, they weren’t polluting. It seems to me the concept of pollution must be recent. I’ve been challenging people with the following question: can you pollute without fossil fuels? Or a similar question: could people before[…] Keep reading →

550: Rick Ridgeway: A Life Lived Wild: K2, Everest, and places no human had seen

on January 14, 2022 in Podcast

Prepare to be awed at Rick’s stories of adventure, discovery, nature, and humanity. He has summited K2, Everest, and more. He’s visited places possibly no other human has. And he’s an experienced, brilliant storyteller, so shares his experiences with a vitality that can only come from living it. Hear what it’s like for animals that have never seen humans to approach him. His interactions with people show up too, including[…] Keep reading →

If we are so wealthy, why do we kick people without wealth off their land and take it and its resources?

on January 13, 2022 in Nature, Overpopulation

I’ve written about the San bushmen from southern Africa. Lately I’ve been learning about the Hadza, who live in Tanzania. They’ve both lived on the order of 100,000 years gathering and hunting. I’ll write about the Hadza, but it applies to all cultures we drill for oil and mine for resources. Here’s a trailer for a documentary I recommend to learn about them: Here is a link to the full[…] Keep reading →

Conservative trickery. Do others use it too?

on January 12, 2022 in Blog

Does anyone else see the trend? Compassionate conservative Clean coal Green growth Moral majority Free market Take your biggest criticism and put the reverse in front. Without changing anything about yourself, you make yourself impervious to criticism. Only one thing: coal isn’t clean and growth isn’t green, no matter how much anyone says they are. Liberals and other groups might use the technique. I haven’t noticed. If you know of[…] Keep reading →

549: Abdal Hakim Murad, part 2: High and low tech in the new green mosque in Cambridge, UK

on January 11, 2022 in Podcast

Many people and mainstream society seem to view technology as the solution to our environmental problems—and the more and the newer the better. Abdal Hakim and I agree technology isn’t the glowing solution many believe. It can play a role, but as part of a mix, including low-tech and non-tech components. This topic led to the new green mosque in Cambridge that he helped make happen, how to mix technologies[…] Keep reading →

Do examples of societies deliberately and successfully lowering their population or economy exist?

on January 10, 2022 in Models, Nature

If you believe that nonstop growth of the economy and population is impossible on a finite planet, you expect that either we have to stop growing deliberately or nature will cause both to collapse. If you further believe we have have overshot what Earth can sustain, you expect that even if we stop now, nature will cause both to collapse. Growing onto other planets doesn’t help because even if we[…] Keep reading →

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