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

Systemic change begins with personal transformation.

Here are some of my personal transformations. What are yours?
Loads of garbage I filled in 2017: 1
Loads filled in 2018: 1
Loads filled in 2019: 1
Loads filled in 2020: 0
Loads filled in 2021 so far: 0
Days picking up litter: 1620 and counting
Months not flying: 66 and counting
Typical electric bill: $1.70
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 178,245 and counting
Daily blog posts: 4,386 and counting
Gratitude emails in a week: 70
Resting pulse: ~45 bpm
Daily average spent on fitness: < $0.01

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.


506: I lost $10 million on September 11, 2001. Here is what I learned from those who sacrificed and served.

on September 11, 2021 in Podcast

Sorry for the slow pace of this episode, but just before recording I looked at the firehouse across the street from my apartment, the small plaque naming the firemen who died trying to help others, and the flowers people put there for them, which led me to lose it as I started recording. I’ve never considered the changes to my life meaningful in comparison, despite my losses being greater than[…] Keep reading →

#4 of the Top 15 Leadership Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2021: This One.

on September 10, 2021 in Leadership

peopleHum is an AI-enabled human capital management platform that enhances the employee experience as well as supports all your needs from an HR perspective. HR develops leadership so peopleHum ranked the Top 15 Leadership Blogs You Should Read in 2021. Guess whose blog sits at #4? Of course, you already knew the value of the blog you’re reading. I’m honored that they wrote: 4. Joshua Spodek ‍ Experience: Joshua Spodek[…] Keep reading →

505: Michael Carlino, part 1: From the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

on September 9, 2021 in Podcast

Michael begins by describing himself as a Protestant evangelical conservative PhD candidate at one of the largest and oldest Baptist seminaries, what that description means, and what experience and choices brought him there. These experiences were meaningful and his choices deliberate and considered. We talk about scripture, family, faith, hope, the environment, modern culture, sin, gluttony, and more. In my experience people who work on the environment disengage or oppose[…] Keep reading →

Graduated to a new kettlebell: 70 pounds (31.8kg)

on September 8, 2021 in Fitness

Normally I avoid quick and dirty posts, but I’m tired from carrying home a used 70-pound kettlebell I bought from Queens by subway. That’s many blocks of farmer’s walks and carrying that thing down stairs into the subway, back up to the surface, and up the stairs to my apartment. Maybe half a mile walking plus six or seven flights of stairs. It’s almost midnight and I want to post[…] Keep reading →

Welcome to the newest member of the This Sustainable Life podcast family, TSL: Biodiversity & Conservation by Michèle Watson

on September 7, 2021 in Nature, Podcast

A sixth branch of the This Sustainable Life family tree has started. Michèle Watson started This Sustainable Life: Biodiversity & Conservation. Congratulations and welcome aboard, Michèle! She posted the first two episodes. As usual, the first episode featured me, as first episodes emerge from the podcast host training I provide. The second episode features an impressive Tony Frost. Among more conservation work, he served as a member of the Minister[…] Keep reading →

504: Dar-Lon Chang, part 2: Activists on Exxon’s Board (and fighting a real estate developer who lied about sustainability)

on September 6, 2021 in Podcast

Reading front-page headlines about activist investors gaining some control of Exxon’s Board of Directors reminded me of past guest Dar-Lon Chang, who worked at Exxon for sixteen years. I asked if he had inside information on it. He told me he did, which he shared. He also shared his personal experience living in a community striving to live sustainably in Colorado. Living more sustainably is why he left Exxon. Now[…] Keep reading →

Why does almost no one pick up litter?

on September 5, 2021 in Nature, Visualization

I can’t understand why I never see anyone picking up litter except people joining me. Do I sound like I focus too much on this issue? Look at this picture: Almost within living memory, plastic didn’t exist. That scene may be in the third world, but we in the overdeveloped world are catching up. The issue isn’t waste management, as the producers say, lying through their teeth. It’s overproduction. As[…] Keep reading →

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