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A few years back I had passed the audition (done successful freelance work and been hired full time) at a startup financing firm in Portland, Oregon called Portland Family of Funds. My first assignment: write a speech for the Mayor to deliver about a project that was intended to define green building, historic rehabilitation and support of the arts through innovative financing.

Simple enough?

Wish this TED talk had been available at the time – – check out the brilliant Nancy Duarte
 (perhaps I should revisit the speech and see how I fared?)

~ Christopher Smith

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Assuming you own a home – not guaranteed these days, then when you’re ready to make the leap(s) into energy efficiency in your home, you may consider this article in Fast Company, which is still a great pub and one of the few survivors of Silicon Valley Boom 1.0.

Greenowners, let this graphic be your guide.

 

~ Christopher Smith

 


Just finished an article that pilloried one of America’s greatest comebacks: Al Gore.

Just a short while after the election debacle that would have put many of us under for good, Gore stormed back with a Nobel Prize / Academy Award winning year, and became the de facto spokesperson for climate change and the sustainability movement.

According to this article, however, Al Gore is a complete loser who “…has seen the movement he led flounder from one inglorious defeat to the next. The most recent, failed global climate meeting passed almost unnoticed last week in Bonn; the world has turned its eyes away from the expiring anguish of the Copenhagen agenda… The Kyoto Protocol is withering on the vine; it will almost certainly die with no successor in place. There is no chance of cap and trade legislation in the US under Obama, and even the EPA’s regulatory authority over carbon dioxide is under threat. Brazil is debating a forestry law that critics charge will open the floodgates to a new round of deforestation in the Amazon. China is taking the green lobby head on, suspending a multibillion dollar Airbus order to protest EU carbon cutting plans…”

In sum: “It is hard to think of any recent failure in international politics this comprehensive, this swift, this humiliating.”

Huh?

Nobel Prize + Academy Award + Global influence? = Failure??!!??

WTF happened?

The main issue with Gore’s climate leadership, says author Walter Russell Mead,  is simple: Gore was a faker.

“If the heart of your message is that the peril of climate change is so imminent and so overwhelming that the entire political and social system of the world must change, now, you cannot fly on private jets. You cannot own multiple mansions. You cannot even become enormously rich investing in companies that will profit if the policies you advocate are put into place.”

THE RULE OF REAL: No matter how big you are (even more important if you’re clawing your way to the top): BE who you say you are. DO what you say you will. If you STAND for something, don’t compromise.

So endeth the sermon on being real.

~Christopher Smith