Learning from the very edge

Learning from the very edge

Just over two years ago, I saw an image that transformed my thinking on education and altered the course of my life. It was a picture of an 8 year old girl teaching a Biotech class to adults. The reason she could teach it is because she started learning about the subject 6 months beforehand. […]

The Inside Out

The Inside Out

Last week I was sent a great quote that I wanted to share and write about: “When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to […]

The Shift from Wealth to Impact

The Shift from Wealth to Impact

“If you are giving back, then you took too much.” These are my favourite words spoken at TEDGlobal by the genius maverick entrepreneur Ricardo Semler. I also reflect on the words of Peter Diamandis (Co-Founder of Singularity University and The X-Prize) at the recent Singularity Summit in Amsterdam: “If you want to make a billion […]

The Open Door

The Open Door

I look on 2015 as an open door. A door I have looked at for some time, holding back. And yet, somehow I know I will find the courage to walk through. I always do. I look back at every other door I have walked through, valuing the lessons and the experience. I think about […]

It’s Time To Blackmail Yourself

It’s Time To Blackmail Yourself

Over the last three years, I’ve worked tirelessly to improve my city (Fargo, North Dakota), to shift its global image and create something special for my community of friends. We’ve had a tremendous amount of success, with glowing local and national attention, plenty of nights with the fondest of memories to fill a scrapbook, and […]

Will you please share the gift of kindness this Christmas?

Will you please share the gift of kindness this Christmas?

Almost two years ago I created a social movement called Suspended Coffees. A suspended coffee is the advance purchase of a cup of coffee, for someone who needs it, no matter why. The entire movement is based on kindness, generosity, compassion, and hope. During this time, I’ve devoted myself full time, to working on and […]

The Human Cost of Currency Collapse

The Human Cost of Currency Collapse

In my experience, very few people have even contemplated – let alone planned for – a scenario in which their currency slumps and the public lose confidence. Although such events are rare, they do happen; usually after a prolonged attempt to fix an already-failed financial system. If that sounds familiar, it should set off alarm […]

A Moment of Zen Could Be The Answer

A Moment of Zen Could Be The Answer

I’ve just had my first Zen moment in Japan. For a while now, I’ve been wrestling with what to do next with my life. Something we all face, at some stage. I’m staying on the sacred island of Shikoku – hot springs and 88 main temples, plus 20 minor temples, to make up the magical […]

What if it was easy?

What if it was easy?

Last night as I trekked through the Denver International Airport with a stroller, two kiddos, enormous suitcases, car seats and a heavy, HEAVY backpack, my never-ending inquiry, “what if it was easy?” mocked me from my head. I would have traveled light. I just would have done it. I would have assessed our time away, […]

The Original Assumption

The Original Assumption

Last week I was the most exhausted I have been for quite a time. I was so tired that I could not finish my blog post on The Kindness Virus. I have to confess that the second half (or better half) of the post was actually written by my wonderful wife, Valerie. This was the […]