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Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

Don’t give up. Not now. We’re too close.

I know a lot of people are frustrated and disillusioned with the state of politics and world affairs. I share those frustrations. But never before have the problems, and the solutions, been brought into to light in such a transparent and accountable manner. This, unfortunately, is the painful part about getting to the truth.

There is only one way to resolve that pain. We know the truth and now it is time for action.

Climate Volatility is a mathematical fact that requires our action. High waste streams and heat-trapping emissions are and will continue to alter the way we live for generations to come. There will be migrations and challenges to the food system but there is an action plan. We must go all-in on renewable energy, mandate ultra-efficient new building and build a sustainable agricultural system around soil-based organic farming, greenhouses and vertical farms.

Progress is being made. Over a trillion dollars has gone into renewable energy in the past three years and that pace is accelerating. In 2015, Solar energy installations in the US passed natural gas for the first time ever. This is in the face of direct and indirect opposition from a multitude of sources and not just the usual suspects (Warren’s Buffett’s utility interests in NV were protected by retroactive legislation against solar; Bill Gates continues to push a ‘more research is needed’ party line). We don’t need more research – We need implementation and a level playing field. But even without it, deployment is happening and it’s happening with a subsidy program that pales in comparison to fossil fuels. Clean energy is winning because its smarter, safer and cheaper and it will continue to make gains but more support is needed. There’s much more work to do and already the job growth in clean energy is outpacing other industry at record rates.

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The organic food movement has been growing rapidly for years and your choices have and will continue to reshape supermarket shelves and other delivery mechanisms. Co-ops and local foods movements’ are thriving and we are seeing the first hundreds of millions in investment go into Vertical Farming. Future Bright’s research points to a $600B opportunity in infrastructure alone for Vertical Farming.

Transforming our food and energy systems to be clean and resilient in the face of climate volatility is a priority but we have other pressing challenges and we are making progress.

Inequality is a mathematical fact that requires our action. Like you, I want to live in a world where people can work hard and do well. Right now, we have great challenges to that progress due to technological trends and structural impediments. If we don’t address these and provide a system for folks to work hard and do well, the money the ultra-wealthy have won’t mean much. We can keep pushing for an equitable and accountable tax system. It should be proportional or flat and smart people shouldn’t require personalized loopholes. This dialogue is making progress. We can’t call the market free if it’s not, if we are no longer the land of opportunity, then we must acknowledge that and act to change it.

There are other ways we can address the risk of inequality. One way is to support companies who are mandated to promote healthy social and environmental systems.

Good Companies are being born everyday. B-corporations are companies who promote healthy social and environmental systems. Co-ops and small business are, by definition, focused on people. Local businesses, as opposed to franchises, keep dollars in the communities where they are spent. Sustainability geared companies are easy to start because the problems and solutions are again so transparent and actionable.

I’ve started four efforts I’d love you to know about:

Future Bright LLC – a think tank and advisory that supports sustainable consumer products companies and investment strategies

Perpetual Sustainability – large-scale sustainable infrastructure

Future Bright Foundation – a non-profit effort – details coming soon, and

Sonic Bomb – a creative company that produces music and media in support of sustainability and positivity. I couldn’t be more excited for what we will release this summer!

Will all these work? Maybe, maybe not but I can tell you that each effort is designed around a different strategy to help restore social and economic systems and as risk mitigation for climate volatility. So should they? I would hope they should. I’d love your support and would love to support your efforts in our common goal. That’s right – we’re in this thing together, whether we like it or not. Get fired up, it’s the time of legend.

Crowdfunders and other circumventional finance pathways are flocking to good ideas and this brings me to my next point. The ‘No’s’ are becoming a smaller and lonelier crowd and technology will continue to build around these impediments.

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We can circumvent the corruption. Have you heard of Aspiration, the investment company that pays deposit interest 10X what your bank does and promotes sustainable investing. They’ve formed a partnership with Sierra Club and they let you ‘pay what’s fair’ for their services. How about Greenbacker, a renewable energy investment fund with a relatively low minimum investment threshold. Did I mention Thrive markets or hundreds of organic and superfoods companies you can support directly. Gather By is one I am connected to, that supports pollinator and earth restoration and here is the kicker, the product tastes great and is good for you.

Do you see your investment portfolio taking shape? Reach out…

Let me list a few other great ideas. Industrial hemp can clean up our soil and create a domestic manufacturing industry resulting in jobs and economic growth. Electrification of everything from vehicles to lawnmowers is a boon to innovators everywhere. These trends all point to enormous opportunities for liquid investors as well.

All these great and necessary shifts are happening now to take us to the sustainability platform, the new economy, one that works. Don’t think governments and large corporations aren’t noticing this. While many may be trying to hold sustainable change back…

Politicians, at all levels, are picking up the platform. It would be hard for anyone to say that Bernie Sanders platform isn’t popular and infectious. Popular is a hard quality to dispel but the ideas listed above are just what’s being carried out today by good men and women around the world. Bernie says it best, ‘It’s not about him or any one person, its about us and our children.’ The children believe in and support our efforts, and I’ve received more than enough personal confirmation of that to know it’s true.

They are watching. They are hoping.

There’s only one choice and it will be hard but it’s the one we’ve got.

The sustainability platform is the only platform that supports all people and the planet and allows for wealth creation.

This is an epic time to be alive. The thought revolution is now the action oriented sustainability evolution. There are now millions of young Bernie Sanders’, Elon Musks’ and Dalai Lamas’ planning, preaching, peace-ing and producing around the world. The pollination of the future happens now. Support it. Be it. 

To quote one more from Carl Sagan: “Don’t sit this one out. Do something. By chance of fate, you are alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of the planet.”

Sagan

The OpEd of a Citizen

The OpEd of a Citizen

To be clear, I haven’t become disinterested in politics. I’ve just tuned it down in favor of the positives in life.I’ve collected enough data and made a decision.

For the math, it’s Bernie Sanders.

There are some things we need to be doing.

Number one is preparing for increased climate volatility. The math is clear. We can prepare in a profitable and prosperous way now, but not in the future. We must go all-in on renewable energy and begin a dialogue about coastal migration and worker retraining. We must prepare our food systems for less water and less weather predictability. We must protect pollinators and other essential biodiversity. 

Number two is about people. We need to be accountable for inequality and allocate investment in a way that restores social systems. This is especially true of public investments. We can reduce waste in the system through transparency and by making the goals clear. We are at a critical point in maintaining stable social systems. 

Number three is about how we use technology. There is currently a rapid race occurring between technology’s ability to connect and unite us and its dual ability to change the system of commerce faster than humankind can adapt. If we don’t account for the value of people – the current economic model will eliminate them. 

Addressing inequality and utilizing technology to restore social and natural systems is another way to avoid future unmanageable conditions.

From what I’ve read, Bernie’s platform addresses these solutions. The least we can do is to choose leaders who acknowledge the problems and come to the table with solutions.

Many people aren’t receiving this message: We are equally close to the solutions, which are economically viable, as we are to the abyss, where social and environmental breakdown makes money the least of our issues. 

We need to act boldly today. To vote for action and with the math, it’s Sanders every time. This is not an ideological argument and, in reality, is less about the one vote than it is about addressing the reality of our situation. There is a tremendous and historic choice available to us and, we live in a world of staggering beauty. 

My hope is that we can all turn to the positives of life. There is great opportunity. The technology to take us there exists and is far cheaper than the status quo. The barrier seems to be an inability to directly discuss the current condition and the will to walk the proper path. Those impediments are simple to change. I believe we will change them. 


I know the culture of large organizations can be hard to buck against. The rhetoric and pack mentality can be powerful forces for the status quo. 

The best example is the ‘keep politics out of business adage’. But politics has, in many cases, become business. We are missing a bigger picture and our time here is too short to miss it. 

It should be clear, for most of us that fall below the management level at our organizations today, chances are the current economic model will automate us into underutilized assets as quickly as it can. 

Underutilized people are costs and risks and, they are people. Education and participation have far higher economic returns. However, our neglect to emphasize these goals has left us with many downstream, polarizing issues. We can only solve these issues upstream, with localized clean food and energy and clear goals for education, health and other social issues. Without a level economic playing field that supports people, time is only variable in the assured outcome of our current terminal path. 

We can be as certain of that, as we are of the continued liquidation of the environment (our life support) if we don’t change, act, vote, think and imagine to make the world better. We can do it – we can choose sustainability. 

In Carl Sagan’s great words, “Don’t sit this one out. Do something. By chance of fate, you are alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.”