Gil Friend’s Blog

The Climate Bill — First impressions

One of the things most on my mind this week is the climate bill that just passed the Congress (in a week full of legislative accomplishments emerging from the deadlock)—officially the Inflation Reduction Act, with elements addressing health care and taxes as well, but...

50 Years Ago This Month

50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH… …my life pivoted in profound and powerful ways. While most of my friends ran off to the Rockies for the first Rainbow Family Gathering (a sort of proto-BurningMan!), I ensconced myself in the libraries and campus of Southern Illinois...

Video: Can we afford to have a future?

As Andrew Winston (co-author of Net Positive) wrote recently: "A banker approached me after a talk and told me that it would be great to invest in the clean economy and other sustainability priorities, but the numbers 'just don't pencil out'." His response: "Yes they...

Seeing Pattern • Between Worlds • Working Together

SEEING PATTERN Some of my friends just don't like data, even though they use cell phones and fly on planes that depend on data. (You know who you are! 😉 But data—especially when presented visually, and well—can disclose trends we might not otherwise perceive—can let...

Mystery Science Short Attention Span Theater

  Remember Mystery Science Theater 3000? Yeah, wacky times. In our house we invented a variant called "Short Attention Span Theater." It's wildly on display in modern life. Yeah, wacky times. One way: the inability (or unwillingness) of our mass mediators and...