All posts by David Gottfried

Episode 70 Paul Thomas, M.D.

Addiction hits all of us.

Whether it’s ourselves or a loved one, addiction is an epidemic.

Some of us may not even be aware we are addicted, such as to screen time, which is growing on us all, and especially our kids with their phones and apps that give frequent dopamine hits.

The stats on addiction are startling: it affects over 2 million people and kills 115 of them every single day. Paul Thomas, M.D. points out in his new book, The Addiction Spectrum, that drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under fifty.

Whether it’s opioids, for which addiction is skyrocketing, alcohol, gambling and now screen time, more than ever, we need effective strategies and a plan. The amount of misery, damage and pain is overwhelming and can break a family and lead to severe crises, if not suicide.

This Regen360 iTunes podcast is with Paul Thomas, M.D. We talk about addiction in general, and his suggestions for confronting the disease. Coping with reality is hard for many of us, and we seek escapes, some of which are addictive. These forms of attempted self regulation don’t work and escalate deeper along the spectrum towards a breaking point. The costs of our families, workplace and society are huge.

Paul Thomas, M.D. has been an addiction specialist for more than two decades. Through his new book, The Addiction Spectrum, his clinic in Portland, and his own personal experience, he guides us through the problem and effective solutions. Please join me to listen in on our podcast.

Here’s to savings lives and recovery!

David Gottfried

Episode 69 Danny Iny

Movement building takes guts. Often it requires being David against Goliath, or having the courage to yell that the emperor has no clothes.

In many ways, we did that when we started the green building industry. I recall some of the early meetings in 1992 when we passionately articulated to some of our most luminary large trade organizations and professional societies that we urgently needed to transform how buildings were designed, built and operated, and they were aghast!

In today’s Regen360 podcast we take on the subject of education, a four trillion dollar industry. My good friend and colleague Danny Iny has just written a new book called Leveraged Learning. We discuss the premise of his book: that college education and its long cherished degree is no longer the golden ticket for success. The endeavour not only straddles us with debt (now about $1.4 trillion) but it doesn’t provide the anticipated ROI and job security.

Astoundingly, some leading companies like Google are loosening prior reliance on education and a degree in its hiring practices. Statistics reveal that large percentages of young college grads can’t even get a job, as they don’t possess the skills employers require.

This predicament is not only thought provoking, but one of the world’s largest opportunities: to teach and learn. My podcast interview with Danny Iny offers new learning methods that actually help students succeed.

As I assess my future, Leveraged Learning provides me with new ideas and guidance for developing powerful courses. And as a parent, Danny poses huge challenges to my traditional thinking about saving huge sums of money for our kids’ college education or the option of stradling them with debt. Please join us in listening here.

To waking up and asking critical questions as we face the goliath of education.
David Gottfried

Episode 68 Terri Wills

I’ve been gone for awhile as we moved into a brand new green home in a town called Moraga, CA. It was fun to pick the green upgrades, adding lots of solar, extra insulation, all LED lights, EV charging and dual flush toilets… I’ve been obsessed with my solar meter, checking it several times a day. Seems my max production thus far was on June 5th when my 5.7kW system produced 43.2 kWh. My first energy bill showed better than net zero electric usage, actually going into the positive as I paid $0 for electricity. Lots of fun for me.

My solar obsession is a good lead in to today’s Regen360 podcast with Terri Wills. She’s the CEO of the World Green Building Council, which I founded back in 2002. The global organization now has more than 70 countries with national GBCs banding together into a “united nations” of GBCs.

In my conversation with Terri we talk about the work of individual countries, such as the USGBC with its LEED system and Australia with Greenstar, the business case for green buildings and dive into the hottest trend in sustainable building – health and wellness. It’s amazing to hear about the vision, growth and passion for transformation. We learn that Terri was inspired by nature in her youth and has manifested her passion into her work in bringing our world’s largest industry, one country at a time, to design, build and operate consistent with the laws of nature and to share global best practices.

Please join me to find out about the world’s largest green building organization and learn about creating your own net zero declaration.

To building movements that transform!
David Gottfried

Episode 67 Erin Meezan

You may have heard of the pioneering and passionate sustainability legacy of the late Ray Anderson of Interface Inc., the world’s largest carpet tile manufacturer. Since Ray’s passing in 2011 Interface has continued to lead and expand upon his vision as the company’s gross revenue, PE ratio and market capitalization have grown.

In today’s Regen360 podcast with Erin Meezan, the Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface, you have the opportunity to hear about the ambitious culture and innovative sustainability endeavours at Interface. We talk about the economics of being a global sustainable manufacturer with 5000 employees, as well as initiatives called Mission Zero, Climate Take Back and the March to 2020.

It takes vision and guts to lead, especially when there’s always resistance. Interface has been at the forefront since the beginning of the green building movement, and there’s so much we can learn from their example. And by the way, it’s good for business too!

Listen in here to hear my interview with Erin Meezan, the CSO at Interface to learn more about promoting triple-bottom-line profitability.

To leading by example!
David

Episode 66 Lisa Mosconi

Increasingly, new science is addressing how to best boost our understanding of the brain. The field is bursting with new information, practices and advancement. It’s thrilling, as decades ago we thought we weren’t able to build new neural networks and potentially reverse fearful brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s. All of this gives us renewed hope and daily practices.

In my latest Regen360 podcast, I interview Lisa Mosconi, PhD, the author of the brand new book releasing today, Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power. We talk about brain science advancement, how to eat for a clearer mind, and other brain breakthroughs and helpful guidelines.

Dr. Mosconi is the Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.

To fueling our brains for personal performance, mental acuity and global advancement.

David

Episode 65 Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D.

Can you imagine having a massive stroke that impairs the left side of your brain and within four hours you can’t walk, talk, read, write or recall life?

And then you discover that by paralyzing your right hemisphere that you experience the greatest peace ever, a “metaphysical experience,” according to Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. who wrote the fascinating book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.

In my latest Regen360 podcast interview with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, we discuss her incredible experience and scientific analysis, after all, she’s a Harvard trained brain scientist and was voted one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world in 2008.

It took Dr. Taylor eight years to fully recover, but she writes in her book that the massive stroke was both a “blessing” and a “revelation” as her injury uncovered feelings of well being and inner peace — creating a new, warmer split to her persona.

Most of us are left brain dominant – allowing us to not only be successful but also serving to deplete our souls. How many milestones can we pursue at the same time as we continuously cross off our to-do lists. I’m an engineer and can totally relate as my left brain drives me far away from creativity and the feeling of wholeness that I crave and relish.

How much is enough?

If it’s up to our left brains, our hunger and ego is almost endless. But our right brains desire something different: more inner peace and ease of life. Join me to learn more about our brains and how you can find greater insight into its ability to not only adapt and recover but to aid well being and harmony.

To fully utilizing our right brains without having a massive stroke!
David

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 >>