Show Notes

In this episode of How My View Grew, discover how sustainability pioneer Gil Friend found his footing...and a commitment to a world that works for all life. At an extraordinary summer workshop filled with aliveness and curiosity, he found a new answer to the question, "Can the world work?"

About the guest

Gil Friend is an inaugural member of the Sustainability Hall of Fame. He was named by the Guardian as one of the ten most influential sustainability voices in America. He served as the first chief sustainability officer for Palo Alto, California. He founded and runs both Natural Logic, Inc. and Critical Path Capital.

Key takeaways

  • 1:37 An early belief that things are terrible and it's their fault
  • 7:33 Learning to plan backwards from the future
  • 13:12 Gil is tapped on the shoulder, saying "Go this way."
  • 17:15 Moods are the resonant frequencies of groups
  • 24:46 You can point fingers at others, or you can design the future
  • 26:30 Let's try capitalism by removing the subsidies for fossil fuel industries
  • 30:24 Amiel's reflections on the conversation


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