Leadership and the Environment
276: Service. stewardship, and the huge rewards they create
The notes I read from for this episode:
Service and giving back using Jason McCarthy GoRuck guy on Jocko.
- Friend, Dan Zehner, knows Jason
- Told me about his episode on Jocko Willink's podcast
- One section resonated with me because it described what I feel
- He speaks as a veteran and starts by describing owing
- Jason says elsewhere in the conversation that military service isn't unique in providing these results. Other kinds of service do too.
- The sense of service and stewardship, and the depth and meaning of teamwork and community seem similar.
- I hear how most people describe the interaction with the environment, grasping to reusing disposable cups.
- They sound like they feel shameful and guilty, as if someone else and not their behavior, was causing the feelings
- Listen to Jason. Wouldn't you rather sound like him?
- Beyond feeling better about personal action, think of the potential to lead, to create that feeling based on effective results in others
- Imagine helping transform American and global culture, or your local community, to become clean, to foster and value stewardship, community, and connection
- Who wouldn't want this?
- The recording starts with a question of Jocko
- Hear how much Jason wants to share the meaning and purpose of this activity
- By the way, speaking of Dan, we became friends over his doing the exercises in my book Initiative, which led him to create his life's dream project, meeting the top people in the field in the process, and partnering with a dream partner. I'll include a link to his blog, where he is recording his experiences doing the exercises.
- If you want to do something meaningful with your life and haven't found a passion to build it on or how to bring it to life or your work, I recommend my book Initiative. Do I sound passionate about my work? This podcast resulted from what it teaches.
- He talked about building a bridge between worlds, giving back. Maybe I'm projecting, but I see stewardship, especially environmental stewardship, overlapping with what he talked about. It's service.
- We who have acted on our environmental values have to build a bridge to because judgment, guilt, shame, facts, figures, doom, and gloom aren't what we're about, or at least not what I'm about
- Stewardship for me is joy, community, connection, meaning, value, importance, purpose, and passion.
- The stories I know of people who have acted bring out those things.
- Let's make environmental action more about these things. I consider it my responsibility.
- Dan Zehner's blog on doing Initiative's exercises
- A Forbes article on Jason McCarthy, How A Special Forces Soldier Built A Multimillion-Dollar Backpack Brand
- The Jocko podcast episode featuring Jason, 208: March Forward, One Foot In Front Of The Other. With Jason McCarthy
- Jocko's TED talk
352: The War of Art and Nature
I loved Steven Pressfield's book The War of Art. I found it inspiring. It had a property that qualifies for me that something qualifies as a work of art: it said something I always knew was true but that I'd never seen expressed that way."I mention it for two reasons. One, I recorded a podcast episode with Steven the other day, which led me to reread the book. Two, I found the book applies to acting in stewardship. Substitute a few words and new meaning emerges, mainly changing art to stewardship. Most of the rest follows.I describe the analogy in this episode's recording. I share a few examples. I hope it helps motivate.I recommend The War of Art to nearly anyone. I recommend it especially to people who want to work on the environment.
351: A Rough Day in New York City
Today was a rough day for me in New York. Most of my solo episodes I start with a point. Today brought me down enough that I decided to share more openly some thoughts I get when seeing situations that look hopeless and are deteriorating. Normally I try to support others. It occurred to me, I hear almost nothing back from listeners, friends, family, or the world providing hope or support. More commonly people seem mystified that I or anyone would try to live sustainably when they could instead eat, travel, buy, etc with nary a thought of stewardship or empowerment.Below are my notes reminding me of a few things during the day to cover while speaking. As I'm writing these words, fireworks---that is, loud explosions---are going off within a block or two, unofficial.Helicopter since 5:20No masksLitter everywhere, every mealJust saw Story of PlasticNobody seems to care. We can go a day without water, but 8 oz bottlesPolice everywhereMayor absentPresident exacerbatingWhy bother?Am I missing signs of mainstream effective action?Plastic production higher than ever
350: Jonathan Herzog, part 1: A candidate acts with genuineness and authenticity
I haven't taken political stance because I am working to removing wedge-ness from environmental policy. I'm working for people to see laws about how people affect others through the environment as we view traffic laws. We don't see red lights as red tape or bureaucrats telling us what to do. They make our world safer even if they slow us down sometimes. One day we'll see keeping mercury out of fish and other pollution similarly.I met Jonathan in person practicing democracy---gathering signatures in my neighborhood. I learned of him after meeting Andrew Yang, whose candidacy I valued.Last year I heard Andrew Yang speak and liked his message enough to read his book, The War on Normal People, and learn more about universal basic income. I listened to Andrew on several podcasts until I felt I understood what he was campaigning for and why. UBI, for example, has had centuries of support across the political spectrum. Who knew?I talked to Yang's campaign people about helping with their environmental platform. (I'll talk to any politician about their environmental platform, since they could all use help). One of the outcomes was meeting Jonathan, gathering signatures a block from home. I like people acting in my world with passion, genuineness, and authenticity. Read Yang's book to learn the platform and what's driving it.In a tradition of successful people, Jonathan had left Harvard before finishing to support Yang's campaign, then to run himself in New York City's 10th district, where I live. He cares. He also acts personally on the environment, as you'll hear in this episode.