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First, Do No Harm

By |February 24th, 2017|

Don’t stop me, even though you’ve heard this one before. A man walks into a doctor’s office waving his arm up and down. “Doc,” he says, “It hurts when I do this.”

“Then don’t do that,” the doctor tells him.

It’s good advice, and we ought to be taking it as a society.

80 billion plastic wate […]

Word Play Part II

By |February 8th, 2017|

I was talking last time about the need to find common ground in the valley that separates some on either side of the sustainability debate. It starts with an understanding of the word sustainable. We’ve given it a powerful context around the environment and our natural resources. With that context i […]

Word Play Part I

By |February 3rd, 2017|

If I took a survey on the word sustainable—if I called a thousand households and asked them for their reaction to the word, a phrase, a definition, an image it brings to their mind, I wonder what exactly I’d get. I’m sure I’d get a full range of responses, including hang ups. With no context, it mig […]

Go Boldly in the Right Direction

By |July 11th, 2016|

Star Trek has been entertaining viewers for nearly 50 years now—in fact, it turned 50 this year. It presents a bright and optimistic future, one in which most of mankind’s troubles—poverty, racism, scarcity—have been overcome. Technology is a huge part of that. The food replicator makes whatever you […]

Doing Well by Doing Good

By |May 20th, 2016|

The balance between profit and purpose is one principle of which more businesses pay attention. They do so for many good reasons. Profit, of course, is the assumed goal of business generally. Though much maligned, profit has to be acknowledged as the thing that makes a business possible […]

A Vote for Sustainability

By |April 26th, 2016|

One of the most fascinating discussions of any political year has very little to do with policy or candidates or ideology. It’s the most basic political question of all: How do you determine the will of the people? Every candidate, certainly, will claim that their only purpose is to serve that will, […]

Sorting It All Out

By |April 12th, 2016|

If change were easy, we wouldn’t need to talk about it so much. Human beings have a tendency to underestimate the effort required to enact real change. Certainly anyone who has tossed away their last pack of cigarettes or determined to lose weight knows how true that is in their personal life. The s […]

The Real Deal

By |February 26th, 2016|

How much does authenticity matter to you? We live in a world where we do a lot of substitution. Cheap materials instead of expensive ones, for instance. Gold plating serves in places where gold is too dear. Cubic Zirconia fills in for diamond. And plastic can be made to look like just about anything […]

What’s Good for You Today?

By |January 19th, 2016|

If you intentionally eat healthy, you’ll possibly encounter a challenge: healthy is a moving target. Eggs, which were good for us, but then bad for us, seem to be good for us again. Coffee and wine seem to go through the same cycle. Fish is fine, if they are “free-range” and low in mercury, of cours […]

The Devil, in the Details

By |October 19th, 2015|

I like my coffee with foam. To be specific, I mean coffee made with a sweet milky froth lovingly added by a barista, not coffee served in a Styrofoam cup. Some might argue foam is foam, but the difference means something to me, and, I suspect, to Starbucks customers everywhere. Words have many meani […]