All posts by David Gottfried

Episode 64 Dr. Jessica Zitter

What’s a good death?

This is not something comfortable to ask, must less think about. When it comes to death, most of us like to put our heads in the sand. And that’s true whether it’s addressing our own or for a close family member.

Death is certain for all of us. The only variable is when. And unfortunately for some, the likelihood is nearing the short term given age or chronic health.

However, it’s important, if not imperative, that we learn more about death and what constitutes a “good death” and how to put a plan into place.

My dad’s health has been in decline and I’ve been reading up on the topic. A friend of ours, Dr. Jessica Zitter, wrote a pivotal book called Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, which provided me with a basic course on the questions and issues to consider. It opened up my eyes and introduced me to a whole new world, which she calls “the end-of-life conveyor belt.”

The statistics are mind-blowing:

  • 50% die in pain
  • 70% die in institutions
  • 30% of families lose most of their life savings for care

Dr. Zitter focuses on comfort instead of resuscitating at all costs. She forces us to think about which path is best and at what point to call it quits, or direct others when we can no longer speak for ourselves. She introduces us to the options, legal directives and questions to ask the doctors. We also learn about the new field of palliative care and how to do the “end of life conversation,” we dread so much.

I encourage you to learn the details by joining me in my latest podcast interview with Dr. Jessica Zitter.

To death with dignity and comfort – but hopefully many many decades away.
David

How to Build a Movement to Change the World

In 1993, David Gottfried had a vision that he wanted change the world, and so he started the U.S. Green Building Council to promote sustainable building. USGBC is the owner of the LEED Green Building Rating System, which is in over 160 countries, and the largest rating system in the world. Next Gottfried founded the World Green Building Council, which now has member countries in over 100 countries to promote green building in their own countries while working to reach environmental goals on a global scale.

Gottfried is now focusing on using his experience and success to help others turn their passions into world-changing work. To that end, he now serves as CEO of Regen360, a company that helps organizations start-up and scale transformative movements that not only build legacy, but advance triple-bottom-line profitability.

Gottfried has developed a seven-step framework based on his Green Building Council successes to teach others how to build and sustain a movement. He calls this initiative BuildMove™. According to Gottfried, this framework is aimed at two types of people. The first are those already working in a given sector who “want to add more transformation into their business and add personal legacy.” He singles out Vincent Siciliano, CEO and President of New Resource Bank, as an example of the first type for his work to green the banking system. “Vince was just a traditional banker, who saw ways to add in sustainability to banking. I want to teach how to bring transformation into what they are doing, help it go viral, and build a movement,” Gottfried says. Read more here >>

Episode 63 Bill Browning

HOPE!

That’s what we all need in this torrid political climate, or what Bill Browning calls the “tide of stupidity.”

Bill Browning gives me hope. His mind is brilliant and inventive, and his heart and soul care at the core for our sustainable future. Beyond net zero, Bill strives for net “positive” – what we refer to as regenerative and the name of my podcast show – Regen360.

In this week’s podcast, we have the opportunity to be inspired and learn from Bill. He talks about his work with cities and companies that are doubling down and “making loud statements” despite the pushback. He educates us on biophilic and fractal effects and ecosystem biomimicry. We get to learn about “factories of forest.”

I encourage you to join Bill Browning and me in an enthralling dialog. Click here to tune in and be inspired as I was.

Here’s to putting points on the board of Mother Earth and increasing ecosystem profitability.

-David

Episode 62 David Gottfried

Perhaps you’ve noticed, I’ve been away for about six weeks, taking a pause. I needed the quiet time to reflect. In early January I went to LA to surprise my Dad for his 86th birthday. He’s been ill and is permanently on oxygen suffering from lung cancer and COPD. Hospitalizations are unfortunately frequent.

We had a wonderful warm visit and some good conversation. I got to see how close he and my 83-year-old mom have become during this time of slowing down. The mutual love was heartwarming and inspiring.

With Dad’s health decline, I’ve been looking through my life through a different lens: one that looks from the end forward. It seems everything is under scrutiny and now uncomfortable. Although it feels like a struggle, the review is going to lead to divine pursuits and greater contribution. Speaking truth and forgiveness are becoming essential.

In honor of my Dad, who excelled in business, hobbies like flying and boating and the art of learning, I’ve put together this podcast entitled: Lessons my Dad taught me. I think you too can learn greatly as I have from my father, Ira, who’s a maverick in all endeavors and was a pioneer in his field.

This Regen360 podcast show is from the heart and hopefully inspires you to treasure the lessons your parents taught you and to share those with your family and beyond.

David

Episode 61 Rachel Gutter

When my spirit sinks low, I look for signs of hope. Hope that we can ultimately sustain. Hope that we consider health as the essence of value. Hope that we can use our intelligence and technology to stop wasting. Hope that we can wake up as a species and ensure future survival for all.

One of my best ways to find inklings of hope is interview bright, for benefit entrepreneurs who are blazing a trail of renewable light. And beyond giving back, they’re creating new models of profitability. For us to prevail long term, we need to shape capitalism to reward doing “well” and “green.”

In this week’s Regen360 podcast I interview Rachel Gutter. She sits at the forefront of the new model for benefit corporations, serving as the Chief Product Officer for the International WELL Building Institute, owners of the fairly new WELL building health standard. Previously Rachel had a tenure of innovation and growth as the Founding Director of USGBC’s Center for Green Schools – impacting more than $275 billion in LEED certified educational facilities and a half million volunteers.

Rachel and I not only talk about her work at WELL and USGBC, but also market transformation, building movements and personal passion. I encourage you to listen in so you can not only learn, but get inspired, as I always am in Rachel’s presence.

As we rapidly approach a new year, more than ever it’s a global imperative to step up innovative creations that advance “well” for all and also make money, provide jobs and help us regenerate inside and out.

David

Episode 60 Dr. Frank Lipman

The medical industry is at a transition, similar to where the building industry was more than a decade ago when we became more holistic and sustainable. The new field of functional medicine is increasing its reach as we’re empowered to become proactive citizen scientists in our personalized healthcare.

Dr. Frank Lipman has been practicing integrative medicine in his NYC clinic since the beginning of this new field. His books teach us the new tools and methodology through his Be Well programs. He believes “that true health is more than merely the absence of disease, but a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.”

Dr. Lipman’s background includes traditional Western medicine plus nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Please join us in this week’s Regen360 podcast as we explore the medicine of the future and how we each can take responsibility for our long-term health. We’ll also learn about Ubuntu, from Africa and his forthcoming book, How to be Well.

-David

Episode 59 Joel Cesare

As you may know, I love most sports and the more physical and rigorous the better. Steep mountains to climb on a bike or trail, waves to surf, and powder mountains to snowboard ignite my fire. And perhaps this also resonates with you.

The sharing economy is growing, as we no longer need to own cars, bikes and vacation homes, but can rent them out to each other. This is not only economical, but also environmental.

In this week’s Regen360 Podcast, we learn about a cool startup called StokeShare from its Chief Searcher, Joel Cesare. StokeShare is based on the sharing of sporting equipment that’s in our homes and garages building up dust if not being fully utilized. The sharing service is already throughout the U.S. and in a dozen countries, as it brings enhanced joy and stoke to participants on both sides of the transaction. I love their motto: Own Less. Do More. Share Stoke.

StokeShare also has an interesting give back program, helping at risk inner-city youth through a crowdsourced volunteer program. Please join me in my conversation with Joel Cesare, who’s also a green building specialist for the City of Santa Monica, one of the world’s foremost green cities and a former client of mine.

Episode 58 Robin Arzon

For my 56th birthday about 18 months ago, my wife bought me one of the best gifts ever. While we were celebrating at a family dinner with my folks and kid, the doorbell rings. Sara pops up and opens the door. Two guys wheel in and then set up a new Peloton spin bike. Boy was I excited, having wanted one for a year or more — to complement my extensive outdoor road-bike cycling.

Once they set up the bike complete with a monster computer screen, we turn it on and stream a random spin class from their New York recording studio.

Hey, I’m Robin and are you ready to sweat with swagger? This class is definitely explicit,” she belts out. Robin Arzon, the VP of Fitness and Head Instructor at Peloton Cycle is dressed in a bright red tailored workout shirt that says Peloton, and has about 7 bracelets on her wrist and a smile that could light up the city in a dark storm. “There’s always light through the cracks — reinforce your power,” she adds later.

Well, since then, our family has pedaled vigorously to all types of hip music over about 200 Peloton rides, almost all exclusively with Robin, including my 12-year-old daughter.

As we’ve learned, spinning with Robin is much more than an exercise class. It’s about pushing ourselves to our fullest in all of life. She’s an inspiration to not only learn about physical limits but to blast through emotional, mental and other limiting thoughts and barriers we impose.

In Robin’s recent New York Times bestselling book, Shut Up and Run, she shares her amazing life story and incredible drive and spirit to overcome everything [she was a hostage] and cherish the things “that make us go ‘Damn!’ when we’re 100.”

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to have a deep conversation with Robin and steer it far from the bike to the depths of life’s purpose. Please join us here, as Robin also inspires you to start running or spinning to an unlimited future, as she’s done for our family and her enormous community.

David