All posts by David Gottfried

Episode 44 Joel Makower

How we define a life well lived? It helps to interview someone who’s been at it for four decades and found their sweet spot for contribution and joy.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show we hear from Joel Makower, the Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group. They’re the producer of the VERGE conference and also GreenBiz forums and the State of Green Business report. Joel is a journalist by training and loves the convergence of sustainability with technology and innovation.

We discuss some of Joel’s insight into green business successes and his thoughts on the future, as well as reflecting on his active career and legacy.

To the greening of business!

David

Episode 43 Amory Lovins

For most of my life, we’ve taken the wrong path and failed to take the sustainable road. Capitalism fought sustainability, viewing it as another form of regulation and increased costs and risks.

But to deny sustainability and its integration to all creation is to not only heighten risk but fail to reap huge financial rewards while boosting health for the planet and all living.

Amory Lovins helped us shift the energy paradigm in his 1976 Foreign Affairs article, Energy Strategy: The Road not Taken. His work sparked worldwide revolutions and billions of dollars of energy conservation and renewable power.

This week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show features a conversation with Amory Lovins. His impact is just about second to none. Through his extensive library of publications, global keynotes and 35 years of leading the think tank Rocky Mountain Institute, he has helped us define and travel “the road not taken.”

Amory’s brilliance has been focussed on inventing a new triple-bottom-line economy, or as he co-authored, Natural Capitalism. He synthesizes complicated calculations the way we breathe oxygen. It seems each year he has invented another start up or ecological concept that will not only help save Earth, but add trillions of dollars of growth to the global economy. Instead of fighting capitalism like some NGOs, his organization harnesses its strength and innovation to create capital growth through enormous energy savings and integrative design.

I encourage you to tune in to this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show to hear Amory Lovins, one of the planet’s most important visionaries.

To building the road not taken together!

-David

Episode 42 Lewis Perkins

What is cradle to cradle?

It’s a concept developed by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their bestselling book written in 2010.

Out of the book’s traction, they invented a framework and then certifying standard for manufacturers to use for their products. Then they gifted it to a non-profit organization which is now working with 250 participating companies who are applying the certification to over 6000 products.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show, learn about Cradle to Cradle and the good work its Innovation Institute is doing with my interview of its President, Lewis Perkins. Lewis has a deep background in sustainable products and is working collaboratively to grow their certification in the market while personally living a life of passion, purpose, and legacy.

Perhaps you’re running, working or thinking of starting up an organization with a goal of not only growth but sustainable or health transformation. A key component to market viralocity is inventing a credible standard with third party certification and training. This is what USGBC did with its LEED Green Building Rating System.

Regen360 podcast shows seek out credible transformation organizations and leaders and the interviews endeavor to reveal their secret sauce and tools for radical change [and benefit].

To radical transformation!

David

Episode 41 Harley Dubois

Most of us get up each weekday and go to work, doing our best to perform our jobs. It often feels like a struggle and not a pursuit of purpose and passion. In time, we become our titles and even act the role we’ve adopted. But perhaps at our core, there’s a different person inside. Maybe you have a divine calling that remains dormant and want to take the next step…

Radical change is hard! It takes guts, incredible initiative and drive to overcome daily life as we know it. It also takes guidance and a supportive community.

But what if you could immerse in an 8-day retreat in the desert that helped you accelerate change? — A raw environment that hosts 70,000 others who are hungry to connect with a different way of living, one based on a participatory community with no money, rather a gift economy of leaving no traces and decommodification; one that values self-expression, civic responsibility and immediacy!

To me, it sounds like FREEDOM and an opportunity for all of us to RESET or regenerate our soul and how we live our lives.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes Podcast show we learn the essence of Burning Man from my conversation with its Chief Transition Officer, Harley Dubois. She has been involved since the beginning about thirty years ago and was the City Manager of Blackrock, Burning Man’s city in the desert. She leads the arts program and all volunteers and teaches about the new culture and ethos.

To more personal freedom and radical change!

David

P.S. You can also download the transcript here if you’d rather read it 🙂

Episode 40 Kate Williams

“Our Planet can’t wait. Climate change is an imminent threat, our food systems are increasingly stressed, and our lands, waters, and species are threatened like never before. If we don’t act now, the viability of our planet and our quality of life – to say nothing of the health of our economy – face an existential threat.”

I couldn’t have said it better, pulling these quotes off the website of 1% For the Planet, which was cofounded by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia. The organization has built a fascinating and impactful network of donors and recipients for environmental contributions. They’ve raised an astounding $150 million and put the funds to great work across six strategic areas.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes Podcast show we learn from my conversation with its CEO, Kate Williams, that the global community is falling far short of meeting our environmental challenges. It’s hard for us to know where to donate and 1% provides unique guidance and giving strategies for both corporations and individuals.

To protecting and improving the future!

David Gottfried
Host: Regen360 Podcast Show
Author: Explosion Green

PS: Each of us can contribute, even if we’re students or don’t have the resources for our own foundation. The key is to make an annual commitment and put the money to work with credible organizations. During our conversation, Kate Williams helps us learn more about the awesome facilitation 1% For the Planet is doing, the structure of their interesting network and guidance for how we can each step it up.

Episode 39 John Mandyck

More than ever we need organizations to step up their environmental commitments and stewardship. This requires extensive goal setting, research, improvement and measurement, and verification. Though some believe environmental performance hurts business, many are finding it can actually boost the profitability, stock performance, and brand.

I remember when we founded the U.S. Green Building Council and our LEED Green Building Rating System back in the early 90s, some of our board members only wanted us to work with activist NGOs and avoid large corporations at our table. They were leery of the heavy hand of business and that they’d try to control our nascent non-profit and extinguish our lofty goals.

Well, thankfully we didn’t adhere to that call and remained open to both sides to join us. One of the world’s biggest corporations actually turned out to support us the most of almost any other. United Technologies [known as UTC] not only contributed Rick Fedrizzi, our founding Chairman, and long-term CEO but provided decades of voluntary assistance, financial contributions, and advancement of our professionalism and credibility into the marketplace.

Today’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show features an interview with UTC’s Chief Sustainability Officer, John Mandyck. John also chairs the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, which I founded in 2002. John and I spent interesting times together as we worked to help foster the formation and growth of the China, Russia and India Green Building Councils.

In our conversation, John informs us about UTC’s significant emphasis on the importance and benefit of adopting a deep sustainability program. UTC is not only a global leader in aerospace, food refrigeration, and commercial buildings but also environmental ingenuity and performance. We learn about UTC’s sponsorship of a fascinating indoor air quality research project with Harvard University and John’s book Food Foolish.

To corporations stepping it up to helping us sustain and prosper!

David Gottfried

Episode 38 Ben Greenfield

Have you ever thought about the impact of artificial light on your circadian rhythm, checked your ability to achieve high-performance activity through heart rate variability [HRV], or checked your poop or DNA to figure out how to eat?

Under the guidance [sometimes I call it other things] of my wife, Dr. Sara, I’ve not only been subjected to these tests, but now prick my finger daily to see if I’ll survive the day, and only if my sleep score is above 100% and my RHR [resting heart rate] is in the zone. And boy was my poop test revealing… not to mention by 23andme.

Tuning our bodies to perform and sustain a healthy life balance is hard for most of us. There’s so much written that it’s confusing how to approach diet, exercise and even sleep. Even figuring out what’s required for basic daily health is hard to navigate: what to eat, how much exercise, stress management, daily priorities.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show Ben Greenfield provides us with a fresh and clear perspective to health. He’s part uberhealth coach, biohacker, scientist and ancestral forager. Even learning how Ben spends his day is intriguing and provides unique guidance.

Ben Greenfield is known as one of the world’s foremost health coaches and fitness experts. He has masters degrees in exercise physiology and biomechanics, has written numerous bestselling books including Beyond Training, has a popular podcast show and has competed in races and events for 25 years, including a top triathlete and bodybuilder.

To living a limitless life!

To learn more about Ben – check out http://www.BenGreenfieldFitness.com and http://www.GreenfieldFitnessSystems.com. Enjoy!

Episode 37 David Gottfried

Happy July 4th!

Today we have a special July 4th podcast show. I present a short challenge for you to create your own personal Declaration of Independence. It should be one based on the powers of Earth that follow the laws of nature and nature’s God that were divinely given to you. What are the truths that are self evident for you as you dissolve the bands that are holding you back and move fully into a life of transcendence?

July 4th is about independence and the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. This is exactly what we need to reflect upon today and even go deeper and set some goals for your personal Declaration of Independence. Items of critical importance include your health, control of time, being of service and gratitude and planting seeds that build legacy.

Our forefathers got it right and we can not only learn from their vision and leadership, but their powerful words help guide us forward on this day of independence.

I’m thrilled to celebrate my July 4th podcast with you and wish you a day [and year] of living a full life of not only liberty and happiness, but peace, fulfillment, gratitude and transformation.

To celebrating true freedom!

David