Building a world of
resilient communities.

To Paris and Beyond: Climate and Freedom

Can an International Agreement meant to limit something, in this case greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), be written in the language of freedom?

A Geo-Physis of Freedom

There is in the popular imagination, an indelible connection between freedom and space--one which reveals an intuitive understanding of the actual requirements of freedom.  

The Closed World and the Infinite Universe: The Metaphysics of Freedom

For the sun has long since set and the Owl of Minerva has not yet taken flight.  It may be time to admit that we cannot simply choose to live the way we want to.  

Selective Anti-Modernism and the Shape of Society

What happens to our broader attitudes of tolerance if we begin to identify primarily with local communities?  How do we imagine a culture of both freedom and restraint?

Sending Them a Message

If we want to “send a message to those who hate us,” here’s a new one: Come to our homes, share our food, allow us to wash your feet after your long journey.

Review: 21 Stories of Transition and the Great Imagining: Why Transition Matters

In December, representatives from governments from across the Earth will descend upon Paris in hopes, once again, of hammering out a global agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions to the point where human civilization might expect a reasonable chance of survival.

What Does Climate Change Look Like?

Extreme weather events will, of course, become more common as the planet warms.   But the disruption and suffering of climate change will be largely hidden in the form of events like the war in Syria, the rise of extremists, even civil unrest like that of the “Arab Spring” which we, in the West, view favorably.  

Beliefs Matter: Resilience Reflections with Erik Lindberg

Beliefs matter. So do stories. My inspiration often comes from the written word, and I’ve long been interested in writers who revel in the complexity of beliefs, understand how adept humans are at self-deception, but nevertheless provide a useful roadmap.

One and Half Cheers for Bernie: Decision 2016 and the (Deep) Sustainability Agenda

Recently a friend asked me what I thought about Bernie Sanders, especially with issues of sustainability in mind.  This is my answer.

Moral Discomfort, Privilege, and the Politics of Air-Conditioning

As I learned in graduate-school, the legitimate fear of change and the unknown expressed in each case is, more significantly, working at the same time to protect some form of unacknowledged and unseen privilege.