What I am learning about building sustainably

 . According to trusted Google, sustainability is:  . the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. “the sustainability of economic growth” avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. “the pursuit of global environmental sustainability” Sustainability can apply to many things. It applies to our relationship…
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Make it simple

    What makes a tree? What makes the sunrise and sunset? What makes a sentient being? What makes an ecosystem? What makes a civilisation? So many of the complex events, things, beings (such as ourselves) are rather simple at heart. It is many simple laws, many simple (even largely predictable) systems, working together on…
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Idiosyncrasy and discovery

  Imagine writing an equation that explains a natural phenomenon. Imagine testing it and finding it true and the sense of awe or power or just relief at finally answering the question that had been bugging you for years. I am thinking about Einstein. Then there is Charles Darwin’s trip on the HMS Beagle that…
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Change, growth and our many lives

We go through so many seeming deaths and lives in one lifetime. A change of location, a change of career, a loss, a new perspective can catalyze the cycle of death and rebirth again. Some of my old selves are so far removed from me that they are the same me and yet quite distinct…
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My story and your story

On a plane in takeoff, one notices how small my story and your story are. An entire workplace will resemble nothing more than a cube of sugar, a row of well planned streets will look like assembled Monopoly houses and all the streetlights become nothing more than fireflies. All hundred of you on the plane become nothing more than…
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Watching over our humanness

I have been reflecting on a few things lately. A documentary I watched the documentary “I am not your negro”  featuring the work of James Baldwin recently. I highly recommend it as a timely, critical perspective on America. It covers issues of race and civil rights clearly, but on an even deeper level it is an…
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The right time to lead

  …never feels like it. The people are not yet organized. The systems are not set up. It has not yet been done yet. People are not yet ready for it. You don’t feel ready for it. The issue is not being given enough funding. People are not yet taking enough initiative or thinking big…
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The end of the world

    I have caught myself latching onto questions with an unreasonably existential scope at times when I am afraid. Sometimes I am sure that my extrapolation is based on data but rather it is based on anecdotes, or fear. When I consider the possibility of failure I may see it as apocalyptic despite having…
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Committing to 2017

  Happy New Year! Last year was one of my really good years. 2016 felt like the culmination of a lot of hard work, self discovery, personal growth, failure and learning. I created my happiness on purpose which also involved prioritizing sharing experiences with many loved ones and I learned to trust in my resilience when I faced…
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Strategic thinking inspires thoughtful action

Thinking strategically is a very powerful skill. This long range, critical level of brain function is also one of our more developed faculties as humans. It is somewhat like a game, or plotting an equation, where you are trying to understand the variables and moves that will lead to a chosen end point. The more…
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