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First, Do No Harm

By |2017-07-12T00:11:01+00:00February 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 water bottles [...]

Word Play Part II

By |2017-07-12T00:11:01+00:00February 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 |2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00February 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 [...]

Detour Ahead

By |2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00October 13th, 2016|

Sometimes people are not very good at long-term thinking. Many of us, as individuals, have gotten better at it. But, as a species, we’re really built more for avoiding bears than avoiding bear markets. And why not? For most of our history, we simply haven’t stayed around long enough for long-term to [...]


By |2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00August 30th, 2016|

There’s a great mobile app called Duolingo. It makes learning a new language a game. You can spend a few minutes a day, or, if you’re like some of us, you could actually replace a lot of time-wasting (checking social media, crushing candy, hurling birds at farm animals) with an equally addictive but [...]

Go Boldly in the Right Direction

By |2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00July 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 |2017-02-08T15:44:38+00:00May 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, and therefo [...]

A Vote for Sustainability

By |2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00April 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 |2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00April 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 |2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00February 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 [...]