Followed up: watched recommended historical videos from the Leadership Institute’s course “Conservatism 101”
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
19h ago
I’ve written about taking several courses at the Leadership Institute. Conservatism 101 recommended a lot of historical videos to augment their lectures. Though I finished the course a while ago, I took a while to finish the videos. If interested, here they are. I didn’t grow up learning these views. Adults around me during my childhood seemed to view, say, Phyllis Schlafly, as weird and devious: why would a woman[…] Keep reading ..read more
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Climate Reality Leadership Training garbage
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
2d ago
I wrote before about attending Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Training. I took these pictures to illustrate how (as best I can tell) most attendees weren’t trying to live sustainably. Maybe it wasn’t most people, but plenty of attendees flew in, including from other continents. Probably the bins below, showing plenty of needless disposable stuff in one of the many sets of waste bins, contained an order of magnitude less[…] Keep reading ..read more
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Hear me on the Inspire Someone Today podcast
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
3d ago
I recommend this podcast if you like my work and learning more of where my passion comes from. Srikanth, the host, prompted me to share my origin story and describe the Spodek Method. I haven’t appeared on another podcast for a while, so I share things I’ve been developing how to communicate but haven’t. Available on all podcast platforms: From the show notes: Joshua Spodek is a sustainability advocate whose[…] Keep reading ..read more
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760: Adam Alter, part 1: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
4d ago
Adam treats dependence and addiction in some ways different and unique than past guests who have covered addiction. One way is the business side. For example, early in this conversation, he talks about how people at companies that create products designed to addict, like cell phones, tablets, and the apps and games on them, don’t allow their children to use them. Yet they gleefully reach trillion-dollar valuations based on making[…] Keep reading ..read more
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This Week’s Selected Media, Jun 9, 2024: When Breath Becomes Air and Scientific Advertising
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
5d ago
This week I finished: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi: This book sold huge and I’ve seen it for years. I kept comparing it to Ikiru the movie by Kurasawa and Death of Ivan Illyich the novella by Tolstoy. They’re all works on evaluating and reevaluating life, how to live it, and what we value when confronted with mortality. Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl too. People may look[…] Keep reading ..read more
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First sail of 2024
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
6d ago
My friend who teaches kids sustainability, among other things, invited me to join her with some of her students and their parents sailing in New York Harbor. She had me speak to them about things like taking five years (and counting) to fill a load of garbage, not fly, and so on. They loved it. I loved it too. I enjoy being on the water, when the wind, currents, and[…] Keep reading ..read more
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759: Bruce Alexander, part 1: Rat Park, Addiction, and Sustainability
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
1w ago
I start by describing how podcast guest Carl Erik Fisher, author of bestseller The Urge, reviewed my upcoming book Sustainability Simplified as a subject matter expert on addiction. Carl mentioned how my book suffered from what Bruce describes as the demon drug myth. He pointed to Bruce’s work as seminal, so I started reading it. I’d heard of Rat Park and later remembered Johan Hari mentioning Bruce in his TED talk[…] Keep reading ..read more
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Another lie we tell ourselves: “Human life requires polluting and depleting”
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
1w ago
Rationalizations and justifications no matter how specious and self-serving sound legitimate and true to the person using them. I hear a lot of rationalizations and justifications on why people pollute and deplete. To the person saying them, they sound legitimate and true. Rarely are they. The other day someone repeated one I’ve heard before but didn’t realize how insidious and powerful it is. The person saying it stuck with it[…] Keep reading ..read more
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A Triply Awesome Weekend
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
1w ago
I don’t usually just talk about what I did, but sometimes things work out enough and I feel great about how major life choices I’ve made work out. Last Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were great times. I’ll share Monday first since it’s not visual so might get lost following the other two. Monday: Einstein and Nobel Prize winners Monday I met with a physics professor who mentored me in college[…] Keep reading ..read more
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When changing fast is easier than slow
Joshua Spodek
by Joshua
1w ago
Here are some projections for global warming based on various assumptions. Note the slow changes, which presumes people not changing our behaviors. The great historical example of changing global culture is abolitionism. It took off first in places without slavery in the territory, like Europe. One of the most challenging places to end the institution was the United States, which profited from it so much, though Europe was happy to[…] Keep reading ..read more
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