The Newest Pursuit: Public Office

Long-time readers of The New Pursuit will have undoubtedly noticed that posts here have been fewer and farther between over the last couple of months. This has been for a variety of reasons: Our kids are getting older and are involved in more things as they explore what interests them; work continues to grow in scope and responsibility; and I’ve launched my campaign for public... Read More

Five Surefire Ways to NOT Help Your Community Thrive

[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared in the Tiverton/Little Compton Rhode Island Patch, where I've started blogging on redefining the suburban experience as a way to help drive dialogue in my community on issues that I believe are important to our vitality and resilience. Given that you could easily replace Tiverton and Little Compton with your own community, I thought... Read More

Day Five of Our 125-Mile Local Food Challenge

[Editor's Note: This is the latest update on our 125-mile Local Food EcoChallenge through the Northwest Earth Institute. You can read the kick-off post here. To get future updates on our Challenge, feel free to subscribe to The New Pursuit. Thanks.] As I type this, Day 5 of our EcoChallenge is coming to an end. In some ways it’s hard to believe it’s ONLY Day 5, but in... Read More

From Bettering Ourselves to Bettering Our World: Permission to Take a Stand for Something

Editor’s Note: This post is inspired in part by an email exchange I’ve had over the past week with Lynn Fang of Upcycled Love. If you’re not reading her work, I highly recommend checking it out. Powerful and inspiring. At some point in this Great Change that so much of the blogosphere is concerned with, the person sitting in front of the screen has to turn their attention... Read More

What’s Your Trash Costing You?

“Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.” ~ Mason Cooley Up until last week, no one in my suburban New England town of 15,000 or so ever really gave much thought to what went into their trash barrel each week. Last week, all that changed with the introduction of a ”Pay As You Throw” (PAYT)  program. For those not familiar with... Read More

More Tips for Making Your Green Business Team Successful

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” ~ Albert Einstein As time goes on, the more I feel that it will be innovative, progressive, socially-conscious companies that will drive many of the changes — environmental, social, (and dare I say) political — so many of us envision and are working in our own way towards. This isn’t to discredit or dissuade... Read More