All posts by David Gottfried

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

Episode 57 Dr. Sara Gottfried

For all of us, it’s tough to sustain the gains we’ve achieved from our detoxes, cleanses and diets. Most people gain back all of their weight loss within two years. And that’s because diets don’t work by failing to address the root causes for weight gain.

In this week’s Regen360 podcast show, we have the opportunity to sit down with none other than my three times New York Times bestselling author wife, Dr. Sara Gottfried. She’s also a Harvard-MIT integrative functional medicine physician.

Both Sara and I have had food issues in our lives, and she has pioneered a protocol for us and hundreds of thousands of others to learn how to eat differently – in a more balanced way for our hormones and to age younger. In this week’s podcast, we talk about ways to soothe ourselves that’s not food, and what to do if you fall off the wagon.

I’m in the best shape of my life and according to my telomeres, aging younger than my age. My weight is below that of my high school and college years. I owe it to my wife’s counsel and programs.

We’re all human, and being perfect with our food is impossible. Losing our way is inevitable, but what’s really important, is to deploy tools that help you stay the course. With Thanksgiving this week it’s the start of holiday parties and festivities, and that means lots of good food and drinks. More than ever, we need help to navigate the sugar, gluten, and alcohol.

I hope you can join my wife, Dr. Sara, and me for this insightful and helpful podcast.

David Gottfried

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Episode 56 Beth Rattner

For much of our history, we’ve struggled against nature, even working to tame it as we built civilizations. However, the field of Biomimicry turns the issue around 180 degrees and shows us how to learn from nature as our best teacher. If we study nature and begin to embody its design laws into our creations, we can live in greater harmony and life flourish.

Human systems design has been flawed for more than a century, and none greater than after the industrial revolution. We’ve created enormous pollution, waste, and harmful toxins. As a result, the health of the planet and all of us is suffering and our future sustainability questionable.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast we learn from Beth Rattner, Executive Director of the Biomimicry Institute, which was founded by Janine Benyus and Bryony Schwan in 2006. The Institute is helping us learn from nature through its programs and tools including ASKNature.

Our future resiliency requires a nature-based design approach to everything we do. I hope you’ll join us to learn more. We need to “view nature not as a warehouse of goods, but as a storehouse of knowledge and inspiration for sustainable solutions.”

David Gottfried