Getting Ahead of the Curve — <span style="font-size: .8em">Global Trends 2040</span>

During March 2021, The National Intelligence Council issued its quadrennial report on global trends. This year’s issue is Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World.  Global Trends assesses the key trends and uncertainties that will shape the strategic environment for the United States during the next two decades.  I found it a useful way to […]

10 Rules For Durable Solutions

Nature For Justice is focused on vulnerable populations impacted by the climate crisis and we are guided by science.  A recent excellent publication by Sacco, Hardwick et al entitled “Ten Golden Rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihoods benefits” (Link)  succinctly summarizes the rules.  Here’s our take on the ORDER of […]

Nature For Justice and Cultivo: <br>A Common Vision

We aspire to be a leader in using nature-based solutions to achieve social justice for communities affected by the climate crisis. The Nature For Justice (N4J) team brings decades of experience in promoting rural economic development, finding a path for business to be mindful of environmental issues, addressing the need for justice, equity and social […]

Thrive Through Reinvention

How does a chemical engineer, all set to work on nuclear waste disposal for Westinghouse, end up starting a non-profit with an Australian living in Costa Rica, focused on bringing social justice and equity to communities vulnerable to the climate crisis? It’s simple: constant reinvention. A hallmark of Frank’s (my Costa-Rican based co-founder) and my […]

Building a Big Tent – Diversity Matters

In the last story on my venture in Papua New Guinea I spoke of the known and unknown risks associated with starting something new. A type of known risk – and one worth taking – is inviting a broad diversity of players to join your effort as you create a “Big Tent:” a place where […]

Embrace Risk

Papua New Guinean Boy

In my last blog, I described going to Somalia during the Ogaden refugee crisis and how my initial 3-month commitment turned into a 4-year, life-defining event. I passed on the lower risk engineering research job with a large corporation (nuclear waste disposal of all things!) to become the President of the Disease of the Month […]

Help People Where They Are

Early in my career I had the good fortune to be offered a life-defining experience by working in the refugee camps in Somalia. Ali Matan was a camp of 20,000 refugees near the town of Lugh within a day’s drive of the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders. The refugees lived in shelters made of bent sticks […]