An invitation for curiosity, conversation, and connection
Outlining the intention for a newsletter designed to foster community-led discussions about climate change and community
Transforming climate change anxiety into activism
Nature based and engineered solutions to climate change
Building community & resiliency in a time of separation
An occasional rant on markets
This is a placeholder for the topics that will be covered on this newsletter.
My intention with this newsletter is to start conversations. I do not claim to be an expert of any sort on climate change or community. In fact, I hardly know anything! I am fortunate to have time & space in my life to dive deeper and I would like to share this process with my community.
The title is Build Bridges because at the moment the world seems to be a bit, dare I say it, polarized? We need more bridges. Building a bridge is an act of compassion. It’s saying “hey, you’re over there and I’m over here and you can stay over there but if you ever want to come hang out over here you’re welcome. Maybe one day I’ll come check it out over there. Or maybe someday we could meet in the middle?”
Can we stay firm in our beliefs and open to evolving? Can we build bridges between the city and the soil? Between nature based and engineered solutions? Between the head and the heart?
The 2020-2022 pandemic has created a sense of isolation that has degraded our sense of community. We can either double down on that separation or choose to embrace community resiliency.
My life has been one big chaotic experiment in building bridges. I have been deep in the city grind working in early stage tech startup sales. Slangin’. I have fallen off the face of the world for several years exploring permaculture communities in Europe, Oregon, Hawaii, and California. I have worshipped capitalism and demonized capitalism. I have compulsively bought designer clothes and dumpster dived for my food. A bit neurotic, eh?
Through these experiences, I have realized my place in the world is to be a messenger across the bridges. Naturally, I’m seeing my life settle down into two areas of focus: land based community building & impact investing / go-to-market support for climate tech solutions.
I soon will be moving onto 15 acres in Occidental, CA with hopes of collaborating with some folks to build a resilient off-grid community and regenerative garden (that will be open to the world). At the same time, I’ll be supporting a handful of early stage climate tech startups on go-to-market. I’d also love to explore pooling capital for impact investment into climate tech (nature based solutions in particular). If you’re interested in either of those, let’s get in touch!
I don’t really know what the frequency will be, but I hope to post at least weekly. We’ll see. If it’s ever too much, just let me know. Sometimes I get really excited and can’t help myself.
And with that, I’ll leave you with a poem from Rumi I was recently shared that feels timely and fitting for this newsletter:
The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.