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313: Jeff Kirschner, part 2: Still Working On It, Still Learning

on March 24, 2020 in Podcast

I’m releasing Jeff’s part 2 at the same time as 1.5 since they’re both short episodes and still haven’t led to achieving his goal. You’ll hear we joke about it but, if I’m open, I’m frustrated at what I feel as my failure. I intend in these interactions, beyond helping guests share and act on an environmental value, to deepen their appreciation of that value so they feel they acted[…] Keep reading →

312: Jeff Kirschner, part 1.5: Leaders Fail, and Bounce Back

on March 23, 2020 in Podcast

Jeff felt his challenge wasn’t big but openly shared that, in his terms, he failed at it. We all fail. I haven’t studied it scientifically, but I believe that the more successful the leader, the more openly they share their failures. Jeff shares his and I learned from his openness and comfort with vulnerability. If you’d like to learn to face failure better, I predict you can learn from Jeff.[…] Keep reading →

311: Jeff Kirschner, part 1: Building Community Around Cleaning Litter

on March 22, 2020 in Podcast

Since I don’t use many apps and pick up litter already, I felt modest expectations of Jeff’s Litterati, but I love it. It delivers the main things I look for: fun, community, connection, effectiveness, and free—the opposite of what many people connect with litter. As I’m writing, the app has recorded over 5 million pieces of litter picked up by over 150,000 people in over 165 countries. I think we[…] Keep reading →

Covid-19: Addiction to flying and other polluting behavior was a lack of motivation and imagination

on March 21, 2020 in Nature, Perception

In two days I begin my fifth year not flying. I estimate talking to about 1,000 people about not flying and that about 998 of them said that not flying would be impossible for them—not difficult or unwanted but impossible. Suddenly they’re able not to fly. Their claims of being unable to avoid flying were never a matter of reality, as they described, but a lack of motivation and imagination.[…] Keep reading →

310: The Start and End of Any Serious Conversation on the Environment

on March 20, 2020 in Podcast

This episode puts together the most important and fundamental considerations about the environment: What works The basic cause contributing to all environmental problems Earth’s carrying capacity An attainable bright future A means to reach it that has worked on a smaller scale It feels to me like a solid TED talk. On Alan Weisman: 250: Why talk about birthrate and population so much? 248: Countdown, a book I recommend by[…] Keep reading →

309: Roberta Baskin: Covid-19 Social Connection Amid Physical Distancing

on March 19, 2020 in Podcast

Roberta and I met last September. Our scheduled time to record came just after the covid-19 situation hit the US. We reflected on the change. The conversation is less scripted but of the moment. I decided to post it in the moment, foregoing editing (I hope you don’t mind the sound quality), gaining poignancy. I don’t have to say it, but we’re living in a historical time. Everything is changing,[…] Keep reading →

See me on Rise to the Occasion with Chelsea Behrens

on March 18, 2020 in Blog

Chelsea Behrens created a community on Corporate Career Courage: how to be a catalyst for change, a champion for diversity, and thrive as a leader. She interviewed me and posted the video. We covered a range of leadership topics and stories. She went from having done no burpees to 66 days in a row and counting! Watch the video Show notes Interview with Joshua Spodek Josh Spodek is a leader[…] Keep reading →

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