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Becoming a leadership master

Becoming a leadership master

So this past June I wrapped up a 10 month master’s program in Karlskrona, Sweden, a beautiful city on an archipelago on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. It was an epic year, undeniably the best of my 29 thus far. It featured over 60 worldchangers from 30 different countries coming together to explore...
Ridin' the Talk

Ridin’ the Talk

I’m excited to be share with y’all a cool project/adventure a friend of mine is taking on. Cindy Gilbert is the director of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Sustainable Design online programs. I’ve gotten to know her a bit over the months as she’s brought me on to the faculty to lead an...
A Greener Way to Die

A Greener Way to Die

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Coffee, Cake and Climate Change

Coffee, Cake and Climate Change

So anyone who knows me is fully aware that I’ve drunk a whole lot of green Kool-Aid the past several years. Every day I wake up and ask myself, ‘what’s up with this crazy world, and what can I do to help make it a little less crazy, or at least a better crazy?’ I...
40 years later

40 years later

Forty years ago today, 20 million Americans took to the streets. They were marching for the first ever Earth day… many had anger and defiance over the level of degradation and pollution that surrounded them.  Others rallied in more of an optimistic spirit, celebrating the beauty and wonder of their home planet… Certainly a lot...
Electric Hesitation

Electric Hesitation

All the signs are pointing to an electric future.  Plug-in cars, bikes, gadgets, etc are getting a lot of play in the field of sustainability.  Sure, there are some amazing benefits of electric innovation… emissions and GHGs from burning fossil fuels would be dramatically reduced, air quality will improve in urban areas, our national security...
Macroscope

Macroscope

“Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Isn’t that something?” were the exact words uttered back in December 1968 by an astronaut on board the Apollo 8 spacecraft. This mission would be the first to bring humans into space, and the words above would correspond to the moment man first laid eyes upon...
Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

So there’s a lot of wheelin’ and dealin’ going on in Copenhagen right now.  Countries from all over the world have been meeting for the past week, and will continue through the end of this one to hammer out a vision for a low-carbon future.  The COP15 UN Climate Change conference is what it’s all...
Thrivability > Sustainability

Thrivability > Sustainability

Life in the green lane moves pretty fast. Right when we think we have something figured out, another product, technology or concept steps up to replace what we had thought was current. A great example of this is the compact fluorescent light bulb. Merely a few years ago, CFLs were promoted as the saviors to...
Nature Nurtured

Nature Nurtured

So I spent last week out in Seattle doing a little bit of biz but mostly playing… I lived out there for a while and felt it appropriate to check in to see if the city is still functioning without me : )  It looks like it’s doing just fine, and Seattleites were in particularly...
Oh, Inverted Quarantine!

Oh, Inverted Quarantine!

I just pounded out another solid read from the good ol’ Minneapolis public library… this book was called Shopping Our Way to Safety by Andrew Szasz and some really interesting and relevant ideas were laid on the table.  The key concept was centered around a term Szasz himself coined, ‘inverted quarantine.’ We’re all aware of...
Horst’s Sustainable To-Do List

Horst’s Sustainable To-Do List

Horst Rechelbacher (not to be confused with the popcorn guy!) is a leading voice in sustainable and ethical business management… In 1978, he founded Aveda with the goal of providing beauty industry professionals with high performance, botanically based products that benefit providers, guests, and the planet.  Under the guidance of Rechelbacher, Aveda has become a...
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