My foot still hurts. Hope for a quick solution has faded. But I am learning to listen better, and figure out the combination of approaches that appear to be making a positive difference, including acupuncture and altering my exercise regime. Still, I wish I could just take a pill. Easy. I’m often struck by the desire for a single answer to multifaceted challenges, and the difficulty of learning to resist it.
Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.
This hurricane season, warmer seas and weaker wind shear have exacerbated activity in the Atlantic, and, as a result, put a fine point on our collective visualization of vulnerability. But what makes us vulnerable? Why some more than others? What does vulnerability even mean?Read More
The sole bright spot in all of the harrowing devastation seen from Oaxaca to Texas to the Caribbean is the shining demonstration of neighborliness. Stories of neighbors checking in on one another, looking out for the elderly woman down the hall, or the young family down the street. In resilience planning, this is evidence of social cohesion and considered a vital component to preparing for climate change impacts, among other threats. But what does social cohesion even mean?Read More
A group of four unsuspecting teenagers in southern France made a remarkable discovery in September 1940: the Lascaux Cave paintings, ancient works of art that had survived nearly 20,000 years. They are a reminder not only of the vastness of history, even for our own relatively young species, but also of the innate creative spark and need for self-expression that has always been a part of humanity.
On September 6, 1522, the Magellan-Elcano expedition’s one remaining ship became the first to circumnavigate the globe, the culmination of a three-year journey into uncharted seas. While Magellan himself did not survive, his name is forever linked with the highly eventful but successful voyage and humanity’s tradition of exploration and discovery.
Places Yet to Go
I’m still learning. Nineteen years ago, I attended my first sustainability-focused conference. Like the first day of school, considering “what might be” captured my imagination, and set my professional trajectory for the next two decades. Success has been elusive, however.
How do we define success, let alone measure it, when intervening in complex challenges like climate change or poverty? The goals seem to evolve over time as conditions change. An emerging evaluation method, called developmental evaluation (DE), can be applied when the definition of and path to success is unclear. But what does developmental evaluation even mean?Read More
Destruction. The video at the Mt. Saint Helens visitor center kept using this word in conjunction with the 1980 eruption. It didn’t seem right. Rather, it imposed a decidedly human perspective on a inherently geologic event. “Reordered" would be more accurate.