Author: March Twisdale

How “The Greater Good” Can Make Things Worse

Common sense ideas are often simply “convenient for me, makes my life better, no I’m not thinking about unintended consequences” ideas that directly harm people other than ourselves.   When a member of a minority acts in this way, we judge and punish them. When a member of the majority acts in this way, we can get tripped up by the whole “greater good” concept. After all, if hurting a few people will make life better for a lot of people, then don’t the numbers alone condone or justify the harm done?   Unless a person has thought carefully...

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How to Pay Your Mortgage & Save the World (at the same time)

My friend, mentioned below, has been trying to motivate our island community to “transition” from a crumbling infrastructure to a sustainable one for at least a decade. Along the way, as you’ll learn, he found himself face to face with the ultimate question: “Can I make a decent living and feel good about myself, and my impact on the world and my community, at the same time?” If you struggle with this question, I believe Cliff’s answer will inspire and reassure you that, “Yes, you can.” This article was also published in our island’s printed paper, The Loop. ————————————————————————— Now-a-days,...

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The College Presumption Series: #1 – What’s your bias?

In America, the topic of college education is a hot one. On the one hand, we are crippling our young adults with toxic debt. Bernie Sanders, and many others, are on the forefront of addressing this problem, and this is good. Very good. Young adults who want to pursue a life that focuses on the types of skills taught in academia should be able to do this – without having to promise their first born, or the economic equivalent of their first home, in the process. In fact, we should do even more. Rather than simply paying for our...

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Dmitry Orlov Interview PPP059

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad, USSR, into an academic family, and emigrated to the US in the mid-1970s. He holds degrees in Computer Engineering and Linguistics, and has worked in a variety of fields, including high-energy physics, Internet commerce, network security and advertising. Starting in 2005, Dmitry has published hundreds of articles, two books and five books of essays. He has given numerous talks and interviews, and delivered keynote addresses at many conferences. His work has been translated into many languages. A decade ago Dmitry made a dramatic change in lifestyle, trading dependency and financial security for resilience,...

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From Russia, With Love (Guest Blog Post)

As the producer & host of Prose, Poetry & Purpose, I interview people who seek to inspire positive social change around the world – specifically through writing. To do this, there is one other condition I adhere to without fail. Global Viewpoint. My guests come from a dizzying & growing array of time zones, cultures, philosophical backgrounds, political environments, and language. The potential power of this show comes from the kaleidoscope of viewpoints it offers, as my upcoming guest proves so eloquently. This week’s guest author is Dmitry Orlov, and here is his Guest Blog Post. ——————————————————————— American Meddling...

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Crystal Chissell Interview – PPP058

Crystal Chissell manages engagement and research fellowships at Project Drawdown. In that role she connects individuals and organizations who share the goal of reversing global warming through collaboration. Crystal brings an interdisciplinary background in law, environmental science and business management to Project Drawdown. She has  advised a range of organizations, including small businesses, the City of Baltimore, and the Maryland Environmental Service, and served as Mayor of the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland. She has worked at the University of San Francisco and Bay Area arts organizations. Crystal holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law,...

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Our Obsession With College (is a real problem)

“Going to college will make life better.”  This is the common viewpoint. It is slathered all over our children and teens, in this country and abroad. It is the public school’s favorite mantra, It is portrayed in movies and television shows. Even Bernie Sanders serenades the country with this idea, through his efforts to make continuing education economically feasible for everyone. But, is it true? I happen to be in the early stages of organizing a summertime event on Vashon Island. I am working with a group of people (so you can join us, if you wish) who come at this...

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What is stopping us?

Do you ever ask yourself that question? I do. Every day. And it’s getting old. Right? We all have them. Actions or behaviors or habits that we know will make our lives better, our bodies healthier, our world more likely to survive another century without falling into utter chaos. Yet, we struggle to implement them. Half the time, I go to bed around 2am, even though I know I do best with eight hours of sleep. The other 90% of the time, I drive my car, even though I live less than two miles from work and I own...

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David Macek Interview – PPP057

David Macek is the Executive Director of Northwest Earth Institute, a sustainability organization that provides innovative social and digital tools designed to change the way individuals live in and interact with natural and built environments. For 15 years, he has led transformation-centered nonprofits focusing on critical issues relating to environment, culture, and leadership. David has a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Stonehill College and a M.A. in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University. Outside the office, David loves experiencing the fullness of every season in nature with his family. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:41 — 38.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android...

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The Power of Perseverance

Recently, some articles related to vaccine medicine have been removed from medium.com. A reason has not been given to the authors. This level of censorship is disturbing, and this is my letter to medium.com.   Dear Content Editor (yourfriends@medium.com),   Have you read the book, The Radium Girls? It details how, during the late 1800s and early half of the 20th century, radium (a highly toxic, radioactive substance) was viewed as a wonder drug. It was sold in chocolate bars, face cream, enemas, and more. It was ALSO used to create “glow in the dark” paint, which was helpful...

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