I’m a multifaceted communications and community development professional, working at the intersection of climate and energy action and sustainable economic development. Colleagues in New York know me as the Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, and yes that is a big focus. However, many of the projects that have been hatched at SHV are broader than any region – for example, the 10% Challenge campaign to cut energy waste and build community leadership. SHV has also hatched a Resource Center for Sustainable Communities to connect local communities with helpful experts and each other – a program we are bringing online this fall and see as a model for anyplace.
So about me… my talents include counseling and coaching, marketing communications, collaborative leadership, and strategy – oh yes, and public speaking on the good days. I’m passionate about helping people come to terms with the climate crisis and the enormous opportunity it brings, to reinvent our world.
My career path has been somewhat nontraditional, with a lot of self-teaching and experimentation, then a midcareer Ph.D. … 3 books, and 3 editions of #3, Making a Living While Making a Difference, my fave. Underlying much of my work is an exploration of the “self-in-relation,” the subtle and powerful ways that our social and environmental surroundings shape our sense of identity and possibility. This has implications galore. First, we really come into our own when we choose working lives that make the world a better place; that isn’t a fringe idea but a fundamental aspect of human development. Secondly, it’s a challenge to chart a course that breaks ranks with groups you have established patterns of interaction with. It can be harder to be a vegetarian at family Thanksgiving if they’re not, and it can be difficult to be the first one in your social network to open up the conversation if you think climate change has gone over the top…. you wouldn’t want to be considered hysterical, now would you? With this perspective, I work with communities and individuals to help them close the gap between their sometimes quietly held personal concerns, and their capacity to take action, and to do so in a way that brings others along.
This blog is my professional platform to share programs, products, projects and ideas. I hope that collaborators, friends, clients and the interested public will find it enjoyable and useful.