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Summer Meet and Greet
Alex Steffen, 11 Jul 06

From time to time, we like to turn the microphone around and hear from you guys who you are and what you're up to. Since we haven't had a meet and greet post since winter, it seemed like a good time to invite you to say hello and either introduce yourself, or re-introduce yourself and give us a little update.

Don't be shy! We'd like to hear from you.

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I'll kick things off. I'm Alex Steffen, editor of this site, newly back from ten days of vacation and worldchanging tourism (we traveled down the U.S. West Coast from Seattle to San Francisco and back, camping, visiting friends and stopping in Portland, Davis and a few other interesting places, about which I'll do some more writing later this week).

Posted by: Alex Steffen on 11 Jul 06

Hi, I'm John, journalist, humorist, activist, fantasist, futurist, cartoonist and photographerist. (Or something like that.)

For the last two or three years, I have maintained a news blog about endangered species called Extinction Blog ( I hope you'll check it out.

Posted by: John Platt on 11 Jul 06

Greetings. I'm a UK-based library assistant, science fiction fan, blogger (for my own blog VelcroCityTouristBoard, and for Futurismic ) and aspiring freelance writer. Due to my general lack of influence and clout, all I can do to change the world (at the moment) is try to 'demonstrate by example' and live as low-impact a lifestyle I can, and talk up new ideas and methods to anyone who'll stand still long enough to listen. And so I do.

Recently, I've mostly been reading and writing as usual, though my girlfriend is out in Costa Rica at the moment doing a disaster mitigation survey project using maps and satellite imagery to assess at-risk locations (it's all very complex, and she's not had much of a chance to explain it all to me yet). So there's my life in a nutshell...oh, and I cooked a fine curry earlier, if I do say so myself! :)

By the way, I've been following Worldchanging for maybe six months now, and as far as I can tell, there is no more reliable source of un-spun information about the coming trials that our planet and the human race are facing, and positive news on people making an effort to turn back the tide. In a sea of pessimism, you guys are a great rock of hope. Keep up the good work. I'll be reading (and linking)!

Posted by: Armchair Anarchist on 11 Jul 06

Hi y'all.
Justus here; graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, studying sustainable urban design and regional planning.
Missing Seattle, my home of ten years; alternately inspired and depressed by all this; generally sweltering.

Posted by: justus on 11 Jul 06

Hey, I'm an architecture graduate working in Wellington New Zealand. Currently trying to strike out in a more sustainable direction work wise. Home ways we are doing our best, energy efficient lighting, composting (worm farm) walking to work and most other places (only use the car once/twice a week and it's a small one)
While it's depressing to know the extent of the issues we face, pessimism is a luxury of good times (so I've heard). You guys are an inspiration; itÂ’s great to hear about your optimism and solutions.

Posted by: Guy on 11 Jul 06

Hey, Lyle Solla-Yates here. I'm an urban planner focusing on how urban policy can shift to encourage worldchanging activities, rather than make them more expensive and difficult. I'm working at William McDonough's design firm and looking forward to graduate work at the University of Virginia's planning department this Fall.

Hey, justus, what work are you focusing on?

Posted by: Lyle Solla-Yates on 11 Jul 06

Lyle, you should write a guest piece for WC about what it's like to work in McDonough's shop! Would be fascinating. Even (especially) it was just a chronicle of the day-to-day stuff. That's what you never hear about.

Posted by: Robin on 11 Jul 06

Wayne here from SoCal. I've been checkin in on WorldChanging for about six months and find your topics timely and sometimes off-the-wall (vague enough for you?). I'm a biotechy interested in synthetic biology - but come here for my interests in conservation and how to change one's lifestyle in a pragmatic, ecologically friendly way. Totally stoked about the new TED videos BTW.

Posted by: Wayne Green on 11 Jul 06

I'm an industrial design student. I got into design becuase it seemed like an excellent way to address some of the most pressing environmental and social issues we're facing. (It also turns out to be really fun and completely consuming, at least as a student.)

I like reading worldchanging mainly because I feel like it's a great filter; no matter what I'm researching or getting involved in, I can count on wc to present a broad yet focused view of the many kinds of bright green projects people are working on. (I've launched a project or two that started with a worldchanging post, too--you all are a great inspiration.)

I'm in San Francisco.

Posted by: alex langeberg on 11 Jul 06

Daniel, Bay Area. Going to study studio art and linguistics at UC Davis in the fall. If at all possible, will transfer to UC Berkeley for an architecture degree.

I've been reading for something close to 2 years now, and I'm constantly impressed with the depth and variety of topics concerning human sustainability and worthwhile change presented on this blog, as well as the excellence of the resources and the level of writing. It's an enlightening read, and has been a large factor in major life choices I've made regarding career and lifestyle.

Keep on keeping on.

Posted by: Daniel Zaks on 11 Jul 06

Hi folks, Pete, Brit living in LA. Software guy looking for something new to be excited about. Re-read Bucky Fuller's "Utopia or Oblivion" a few months back (first read in college a few *cough* years back) and got fired up again about the upside of solving the big problems. Been reading Worldchanging for a few weeks - I should stop lurking.
Great site, great ideas. Keep it up.

Posted by: Pete Marshall on 11 Jul 06

Colin, of Boston (but lately Chennai, Darjeeling, and Tokyo). Undergrad student in biochem. Worldchanging has been one of my favorite reads for the past 8 months or so. Would have to echo other posters - WC is a huge inspiration.

Posted by: Colin on 11 Jul 06

I'm Adam, currently living and working in South Korea (teaching English, paying off the student loans). I'm originally from Indiana. I did an M.A. in political theory, in Canada, and plan to go back to the States for a PhD as soon as I can. I've really gotten interested in environmental issues in the last year or so, especially since moving to Korea and experiencing things like "yellow dust" up close.

I like worldchanging for its combination of optimism and pragmatism (pragmatism being the best way to sustain optimism, in my view). Plus I just have a great love for hearing about new ways of doing things. This is a great site.

Posted by: Adam Smith on 11 Jul 06

Hi. Im going for an M.A. in religion in New York. I've been a reader for about a year, and I really love what you guys are doing. I don't think I need to qualify that because I think most of your readers feel the same way.

There is a lot of great posting on your site innovations in design, technology, urban planning, media, etc. But these are all material aspects of our world - I would like to see more coverage of how our deepening understanding of the brain will adress issues like depression, addiction, mental illness, and perhaps even plain old self-centered thinking which is the source of a lot of the injustice and violence we face. I work at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Science and Religion, and among other things, we've done some studies on the effects of meditation on the brain. There have been a lot of advances in recent years in brain imaging technology and neuroscience that have opened up this area to serious research. (check our the CSSR website: for tons of good articles and free streaming lectures, etc.). The research is still new and somewhat controversial, but several studies have shown meditation's positive effects on the immune system, concentration, and areas of the brain associated with un-self-centered behavior and emotions.

Also, a few years ago a documentary came out called "Doing Time, Doing Vipassana" about the dramatic changes that take place in an indian prison when the inmates are tought to practice vipassana meditation. The film sparked a lot of interest and led to the creation of similar meditation programs in all indian prisons and now in three american prisons.

What will be interesting to see is if meditation can leave the realm of the "hippy dippy" and we can show with peer reviewed research that these practices measurably strengthen emotions like love and compassion and weaken self centered behavior. Secularized and scientifically understood, meditation could be tought in public schools. Imagine going to gym class and being trained in love. Innovations in design, technology, media and infrastructure have the power to change the way our planet works, but as you guys have said over and over, we also need a radical change in thinking. What if we could train our brains to do that? That would be pretty world changing.

Posted by: Tom on 11 Jul 06

Robin, that sounds like a good idea. I'll see what I can put together.

Pete, isn't Bucky Fuller wonderful? He's a major role model for me. Read Cradle to Cradle by McDonough and Braungart if you can. Eye opening. Thom Hartmann has a bunch of great work too.

Posted by: Lyle Solla-Yates on 11 Jul 06

Paul here. I only discovered Worldchanging within the last 5 month and I'm very impressed with the optimism of a collective that believes in finding solutions rather than bemoaning the problems. I'm also pleased to see what a presence my home state has within this diverse community, with posts from SAGE students at UW-Madison, local researchers efforts and articles about the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in Custer, Wi.
Sadly, I was unaware of much of the environmental work in my own back yard, though not surprised given the state's history of environmenalism. With Worldchanging connecting me with like-minded thinkers, I'm inspired to concentrate on what I can accomplish in my own life using ideas generated here and from my own physics, math, and computer background.

Posted by: Paul Zimmerman on 11 Jul 06

Hi all! Heidi here. I'm a couple of years out of undergrad trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I'm interning with the Southern Environmental Law Center, volunteering with The Nature Conservancy, and planning a move out to Portland,OR very soon. In the meantime I'm writing for Groxie and absorbing everything I can from the incredible eco-blogging and news community.
I'm particularly interested in the intersection of food and environment as well as environmental economics.

Posted by: Heidi Burns on 11 Jul 06

Hi, I'm Ella, I currently live in Montreal. I've been reading WC for about 9 months, a friend recommended it to me. I was brought up to live as sustainably as possible and still abide by that as much as I can, though I'm definitely not as 'active' as I once was. I do blog about social and environmental issues sometimes.

Posted by: Ella on 11 Jul 06

John, Portland, Columbia River Basin. For four years I've coordinated communications for an ngo that promotes and supports collaborative, community-based approaches to environmental conservation and regional economic development. I've been a regular WC reader for a few months (live bookmarks are the best!). I am quite excited about the "movement as network" idea and value the connecting of ideas that this forum provides. Thanks to Alex & all the WC crew.

Heidi, when you're new to PDX feel free to look me up.

Posted by: John Harrington on 11 Jul 06

Pete's comment . . .

Software guy looking for something new to be excited about.

. . . describes me as well. I do QA work for a Portland area company that makes video servers.

In a previous life I wrote for the role playing game industry; I still manage to get stuff published here and there, most recently in MAKE magazine.

I started reading WC when it was linked to in one of Bruce Sterling's Viridian Notes.

Posted by: Stefan Jones on 11 Jul 06

P.S., If it is ever playing in your area, the one-man play based on Buckminster Fuller's autobiography is just wonderful.

Posted by: Stefan Jones on 11 Jul 06

Hey there, I'm a student at Connecticut College studying philosophy, but revitalizing my green activist core with a vengeance. I live in the remote island of progressiveness that is Amherst/Northampton, Massachusetts. Working at a nature day camp at the local Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Teaching the kids about reptiles and amphibians, and trying to dissuade them from their obsession with guns and fighting. Wonderful blog, I'm starting to read pretty regularly, and link to you when you say something especially cool ;)

Posted by: Aberwulf on 11 Jul 06

I founded Citizen Scholar in January of 2005 to meet the design needs of cultural organizations and social entrepreneaurs. Among our current projects are designs for the Peace Corps Volunteers' clean water program in Monteagudo, Bolivia.

I'm an MFA Designer as Author candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York. It just so happens that Stefan Sagmeister whose studio is designing the World Changing books was a recent instructor.

I write for the design blog Speak Up and the upcoming blog re-launch of Massive Change.

World Changing has, in the last couple of years, become a daily source of information, inspiration, and sincere, productive arguement. For that, I thank everyone who selflessly participates here. It means very much.

Posted by: Randy J. Hunt on 11 Jul 06

Thanks for all the love, everyone! That was 23 doses of much-appreciated affirmation. I'm the Managing Editor of Worldchanging and am currently enjoying a little R&R in Colorado. Since coming to Worldchanging last fall, I've undergone the most accelerated period of intensive learning imaginable -- and it just doesn't stop. I'm also editor of the sustainable design site,, which further fills me with daily education and inspiration. I just got done with the Aspen Ideas Festival, which was packed with amazing presenters, speakers, attendees, and - of course - ideas. Will be unpacking it for months to come. Looking forward to hearing more from all of you.

Posted by: Sarah Rich on 11 Jul 06

I'm Helen, the Worldchanging intern, absolutely in love with the site and the people behind it. I'm highly enjoying my summer in Seattle, particularly as a break from the muggy south where I'm an undergraduate in International Affairs at The University of Georgia. My beginning assignment was to read the first galley of the book and I have to say that we're all in for a big treat come November. P.S. Great to see some other students on here - speak up! Any of ya'll from down south? : )

Posted by: helen on 11 Jul 06

Hello all, WC has been my home page for quite a long time. I'll be going to the UT Austin School of Architecture's interdisciplinary Master of Science in Sustainable Design program in the fall. There I will be studying the broad intersection of sustainability and the built environment. I have many specific interests that I would like to study including water (policy, management, conservation), biomimicry, materials, in addition to the 'normal' stuff; however, policy, product system services, and open source/floss collaboration are my current interests.
I am interested in communicating with other students interested in collaboration or the exchange of ideas related to sustainable design projects. UT has many, and I have some personal projects as well. I'd be happy to hear what's getting other students exited, or what road blocks they are running into.
Otherwise I am very happy that I live in Austin, I just finished an Ultimate summer league and I'm excitedly learning some vertical caving techniqes from the UT Grotto club. luke @ (remove spaces)

Posted by: Luke Sires on 11 Jul 06

Mike here, I answered up back in January too. I just finished my MA in Geography at Cal State, and am headed to USC for my PhD, also in Geography. My research involves urban stormwater management, groundwater resources, and impervious surfaces. WC is a constant source of creative juice, a daily bloglines read!

Posted by: Mike on 11 Jul 06

Hi! I quit my job as a technology editor of a mainstream business magazine 2 years ago. I felt that India needed entrepreneurship on several areas to provide even basic necessities to people. I am now looking for ethical business and technology that helps the masses in the country. I write on technology, education, organic farming ....



Posted by: Vidya Viswanathan on 12 Jul 06

I have been reading WC for about two years now; it's great to see so many new people on board! I am a recovering software engineeer, wondering what my next gig in life is going to be. I recommend 3 books: Natural Capitalism, Cradle to Cradle and Critical Path (the latter being by Bucky Fuller). Vidya (and others) a great web site on inspiring individuals in India is Good News India.

Posted by: JN2 on 12 Jul 06

I'm Charlie, a 4 and a half year senior at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Graduating in Appropriate Technology (renewable energies/effecient tech.) and a minor in Sustainable Development this December.. theoretically.

I've been reading worldchanging for about 8 months now and it's one of my favorite sites, I tell all of my friends about it. Most of them don't understand whats going on though.

Posted by: Charlie H. on 12 Jul 06

Hi I'm Andy and I'm a writer, academic, interaction designer and sort of futurist/strategy/creative producer guy (one day I'll work out a title for that role).

Currently a combo of reading Cradle to Cradle and The Play Ethic have once again stoked the fires of my imagination about re-imagining the world.

I also co-convene a project called the Omnium Creative Network (OCN) that is a free and non-profit online global community of creative people (students, professionals, educators, theorists, writers) and its aim is to encourage members from all over the world to collaborate in a variety of ways, mainly to focus their attention on more socially aware and ethically responsive art and design projects.

Links and ideas from regularly grace our discussion boards and is a fantastic resource (in fact WC's Jon Lebkowsky is a member). It's our contribution to trying to change the world with what we know best.

Posted by: Andy Polaine on 12 Jul 06

Hi from Christchurch New Zealand.I'm a 54 year old stroke survivor, ex-teacher, bookseller & music critic & current writer, painter( Using approx 95% recycled paint), blogger ( & keen organic/permaculture gardener. I have been publishing ultra-left(anarchist/situationist flavoured) magazines since the mid '70's including having been the editor of NZ'a 1st ever anarchist magazine in June '75. I have been following Worldchanging since first coming across the site about 2 and a half years ago. I like it enormously & wish you all the best.

Posted by: Grant McDonagh on 12 Jul 06

I was skeptical about the online "Meet and Greet" at first, but wow - so great to hear from all those names that have become familiar in the comments sections!

My name is Jennie and I'm an undergrad at the University of Guelph in Canada, studying Ecology. I've been reading Worldchanging for over a year now, and find so much inspiration and encouragement from this site! I've been spending my summer working on a transportation demand management plan for the City of Guelph, putting to good use articles such as the Davis case study, and the bike co-ops. During the year, I'm involved in a student-led initiative to bring renewable energy to campus and a campaign for an energy retrofit of our campus.

Keep up the great work, WC!

Posted by: Jennie on 12 Jul 06

This mid-Michigan WC reader has enjoyed the wide range of material here for more than two years. Lots of content that is both immediately accessible and applicable as well as the speculative and forward-thinking makes for useful entertainment -- a rare combination in any website, and much needed in this neck of the woods.

When reading here, I look for content that benefits my consulting work related to open source initiatives and political evolution. I also watch eagerly for sustainable technologies that I can use now or plan for in the future. I'm currently on hiatus from blogging, but when reading content at WC, I am often tempted to resume blogging to discuss what I've read here. Greatly enjoy all the contributors here and hope some day to see or meet some of them at a conference or other event.

Posted by: Rayne on 12 Jul 06

Hi. I've been a lurker to this point, but no better to time to speak up and say hello:

I'm from Toronto, Ontario, and work as an environmental officer with the feds. I did an undergrad in environmental studies, and I find WorldChanging is great for keeping the idealism alive when the daily grind threatens to wear it out. So thanks.

I do have a section of my blog (linked to my name, below) that deals with environmentalism, specifically how to live a more sustainable lifestyle as a working parent in the Canadian suburbs; and I'm going to be spinning that off in the next few weeks to a separate group blog (the GreenHouse) on the same topic, both how to live green with normal daily demands and how to introduce children to nature when you're not living in the country. (eventually will be at, but don't look yet; it's ugly.)

Posted by: Andrea on 12 Jul 06

Hi WC and friends, I'm Phil. I'm a software developer, writer, and musician -- now activist -- obsessed with the question of how we can scale up and out in order to make the sust. transition happen in time. I've been working on social software as an enabler for grassroots movement-building. I'm also very interested in the nascent democracy movement, and I'm coming to see that we can start doing democracy ourselves, on a large scale.

Posted by: Phil Mitchell on 12 Jul 06

my name is carlos benjamin, and im a dude. (not to be confused with "the dude.") mostly i research how sustainability (or, more precisely, sustainable development) will realistically impact our day to day lives in the future- i suppose a bit of future forecasting- but based on trends happening now both with in industry and market whim. this is all going towards my masters, which will hopefully go towards my career. (so help me, god.)

i enjoy the avant-garde mostly in music, although film and modern/contemporary art get the requisite nod. i currently reside in london, united kingdom, but- much as our collective post-modern lives do protest- this will change with time; ill probly be in and out of scandinavia, san francisco and tokyo for the next few decades.

my passion lies in graphic and product design (as does my bachelors), although my skills reside in effecient information dissemination. i am also an avid cyclist.

i also run a small design firm / collective, called carbon based design technologies, which is based on the notion that plant, animal, man, plastics and oil all have the same molecular base, so we need to work together to make sure we can persist.


Posted by: carlos benjamin on 12 Jul 06

Hi, I'm Kris - a recovering NY finance/IT worker, surfer, writer, technophile, futurist living in SoCal. I'm generally optimistic about the future of the planet because I know we are technically capable of solving a lot of the problems that we face (pollution, hunger, disease, etc). I also realize the importance of spreading awareness of issues and helping people understand the world's problems well enough, so that they alter their behavior and help bring about the changes that we need to make in order to make the world a better place for everyone.

I enjoy your site. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Kris on 12 Jul 06

Hello WorldChangers. My name is Devin and one day a tornado swept through my blessed CA, leaving me in this hot, humid pit of our nation's capital. It has its upsides though, I currently work for Ashoka a global org that identifies, supports and connects the best social entrepreneurs around the world. Its a very exciting place to be and I am in the process of building a blog to present the colorful voices, and impact of these individuals.

As a side project I've also had some fun putting together a humorous little liberal political site Buyoutbush. At Worldchanging there is often discussion surrounding the sincerity of our intentions and the distance between our current "green" choices. This site has a similar premise, many liberals can't stand George Bush and they complain endlessly. Our question is how much would these people actually pay to get rid of him if they could? The discussions on Worldchanging often leads to the conclusion that we need to rethink and redesign our approaches to creating a better world. It's my hope that our site can help do the same in the political realm.

So thats me, its great to read about all of you and I regret not chiming in back in January but here I am.


Posted by: Devin McIntire on 12 Jul 06

How I became green?

When I was 12, and a suburban mall rat, and naughty for many reasons, my mother had enough of my bratty antics and punished me by banishing me from my comfy 7-11 & park district pool suburb, to the little village where she grew up in Poland. The summer with the, uh, village people, was amazing and changed my life. It's where I was introduced to an extreme form of Do-It-Yourself, and to more complex social problems, like the conflict between local people-oriented governance and anonymous governance (before 1989), energy issues (electricity was rationed), and the importance of maintaining a sustainable lifestyle.

The little village is now suffering, devastated with poverty and waste management problems, but still populated by some hangers-on, kind people like my artist in the woods aunt.

It's hard to go back, since my mom is now disabled and Poland is not a handicap accessible country. I took her back once, and I'm not sure it'll happen again. Although I'm always concerned for their health and growth, as I for my neighbors in the States, as I am for everyone. But what to do? I'm still looking for solutions, is that arrogance to think I can solve, or help solve 'the problems in Poland'?

But I'm one busy mother- I have an active little girl (2) and a I am the primary caregiver for my mom, we all spent the day at the local public library, which just opened a cafe with fair trade beans so we're in heaven. I work as an Information Management Specialist (librarian/webmaster/advisor) at a career services office in Urbana, Illinois.

The only reason I have time to breath is because of my amazing husband who is a damn good writer, and has a wonderful termperament and mind.
I'm volunteering as a webmaster for a Renewable Energy at Illinois project, the website will be up soon. I've wondered why we didn't use wind power since my fated trip to Poland, where a local engineering student explained that wind was perfect yet impossible (the whole governance thing).

You are all lovely, I'm so happy I got to meet you. Thanks,

Posted by: Lisa Red on 12 Jul 06

Howdy, I'm Corinna Kester, from Austin, TX. I work at the University of Texas at Austin on campus sustainability issues. I'm planning to apply to sustainability-focused MBA programs this fall.

Posted by: Corinna Kester on 12 Jul 06

Greetings Fellow Worldchangers!

I'm a Masters' student in environmental management at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart business school. I just started an internship for the summer with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) working on the policy side of their Midwest Natural Gas Initiative, trying to increase efficiency through demand-side management. Don't know too much about what I'll be working on yet, trying to read through a monster packet of reports right now.

I've been reading WC for a long time, it's part of what got me inspired to go back to school to study the environment after my first attempt at graduate study in biochemistry turned out to be rather less fulfilling than I had hoped.

I'm also an organizer with the IWW, and a member of the New World Resource Center collective, which runs a nonprofit leftist bookstore here in Chicago.


Posted by: greg e on 12 Jul 06

Greetings, I'm Ted, a 40-something Portland dad with two daughters now somewhat inculcated with worldchanging ideas and attitudes. Have been a researcher/writer on global issues for about 25 years, and a staffer with regional and bioregional conservation groups, and it's great to see the creativity this site unleashes. I come for inspiration and perspective, never disappointed. I look back at my work with Worldwatch and others in the early '80s and can only shake my head and say "why has it taken so long?" Then I read a new WC post, and think maybe solutions are in reach after all. It would be tough to be a dad these days without that.

Posted by: Ted on 12 Jul 06

I've been reading WorldChanging for quite some time. I'm currently an Environmental Management grad student in the Boston area. I spent 4+ years living in China doing a lot of things, including looking at sustainability and in particular water and conservation issues. I'm happy to be focusing back in on the topic at an academic level while working at a museum playing with Mollusks. WorldChanging is one of my favorite environmental sites because of the pointed reminder of things going on in the developing world. I think that's something we get away from all too often, considering that's the residence of the majority of the population and species diversity.

Posted by: eveninghawk on 12 Jul 06

Hello, I'm David. I design "Green" buildings, and putter around on a piece of land in Maine, trying to help it recover from abuse. I've been immersed in sustainability issues for about 35 years now, which is embarrassing, considering how little I've learned or done. My academic training is in architecture, resource economics, systems analysis and geography. My dirt-under-the-fingernails training includes construction, various arts and crafts, farming and homesteading. I like to be outdoors, on skis, on foot, on a bicycle, in a kayak. WC is a blessing: smart, optimistic yet realistic, committed, determined and inspiring. It helps me feel a little less alone, and a little more that we might yet make it.

Posted by: David Foley on 12 Jul 06

Been a reader of Worldchanging for many months now (over a year?) and enjoy consuming your food for thought - Me? just a bicycle shop guy writing and blogging on cycling and related issues here in Sydney Australia.

I hope I do my bit by evangelising to my customers and readers about the bicycle and it's important place in the transport and climate change mix.

There are many days I don't think we're going to be able to work it all out, but then I'll get a usually atypical customer looking to ride instead of drive to work and it's at those moments I feel like a canary in the mineshaft and become optimistic about the future - folks are slowly making the connections about what we need do do about worldchanging.

Posted by: Phil on 12 Jul 06

Hi Lyle,
hope you see this, it's pretty far down the list...
I tried to contact you through your blog, but wasn't able; I'd love to chat with you, drop me a line at


Posted by: justus on 12 Jul 06

Too many good comments to read them all, but I'll add another one anyway =). Can't remember how long I've been reading WC, year or two or three? Into green since I was a kid, but somehow deviated off into computers. Full time programmer in MN, also part time regional coordinator for the United Religions Initiative supporting grassroots interfaith activity in the US and Canada. Personal blog at and Interfaith bi-monthly blog at Thanks everyone for making this a fantastic resource!

Posted by: Stephen A. Fuqua on 12 Jul 06

Hi, all -- I'm Molly. I wrote a bit in the upcoming Worldchanging book.

I'm in Bangalore, India, where this summer I'm doing research on mobile phone sharing in the emerging middle class. It's fascinating to be here.

Posted by: molly on 13 Jul 06

Hello worldchangers!

I'm underemployed freelance webmaster and computer technician living in Seattle. There is more to this story but, I won't take your time here.

I'm a long time reader and commenter here at this site. The reason I came here was that this site was positive about and embracing of the future, almost defiantly so. It strongly defies the image of environmentalists as being luddites in love with gloom and doom.

This site discusses a lot stuff, especially technology, that doesn't initially seem green but is later revealed to be very important to environmental progress. I think that demonstrates that the authors of this site are deeply aware of stuff that isn't even on the mainstream press' radar yet.

Anyway those are just a few reason why I keep coming back to read and comment.

Keep droppin' science WC!

Posted by: Pace Arko on 13 Jul 06

Like Stefan and Alex, I come to Worldchanging (the site) via Viridianism, and to its worldview by natural predilection. Today marks my 18th month as a post-software guy, although not by choice, with 3 kids and a mortgage in Lexington, Mass. Most of my efforts are smaller scale, like how to engage teenagers in basic conservation, like turning off lights after late-night bathroom breaks, and in engaging the community in supporting the schools since the state and the federal government seem disinclined to do so. I'm on the redistricting committee for the town for the school districts (unpaid, alas!), and that's about it.

Aside from growing a handful of raspberries and peaches, I'm not de-consuming to my fullest potential, but it's a goal.

Posted by: Duncan Stewart on 13 Jul 06

Hi, I'm tim, I work in san jose, ca. for a large public service org in the economic development services; specifically housing. I am trying to push for things like free and open source software, developing the green economy on the grounds of finacial sustainability and wholeness and quality of life.

Posted by: Tim on 13 Jul 06

Christopher here. I'm a grad student in architecture and community planning at the University of Cincinnati, working on a thesis about community development through rooftop urban agriculture. I'm the project manager for our Solar Decathlon team, but for the summer, I'm in DC working in the Smithsonian's division of architectural history and historic preservation. (Ironically, our most current work is defending the preservation of 70s earth-bermed brutalism at the National Zoo. . .)

Posted by: Christopher Davis on 13 Jul 06

Greetings, carbon based lifeforms (and others)!
Tony Fisk here. I've been a regular lurker and commenter (probably too regular!) at Worldchanging for over a year now, so they must be doing something right!

I work as a software engineer in Melbourne, Australia for whoever will put up with me.

I want to start a 'light to bright' green conversion guide wiki one day, when I've the time...and know enough about the topic (but that's no excuse; you never know enough!)

Posted by: Tony Fisk on 13 Jul 06

Hiya WoCha's

I feel like I've arrived late to the party...only found out about WC about 6 weeks ago and I've been traveling for half of that time :( But I liked the best of series over the 4th :)

I have been developing a portable solar water distiller that is producing 3.5 liters/day on the way to 8 liters/day (fingers-crossed), in my spare time. I was interested to see a couple other commenters have some interest/experience with water issues.

Posted by: Daniel on 13 Jul 06



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