Voting with every dollar spent

Voting with every dollar spent

Over the past 10 years or so, the concept of an economic democracy has been turning over in my mind. I feel like there is a ballot being cast with every retail transaction we make. There is a vote associated

It is always the middle of the night, somewhere

It is always the middle of the night, somewhere

One of the funny side effects of travel is developing a distorted sense of time. The world is so large, with so many time zones and even the international date line. When you think about other far away places, it

How did I become addicted to plastic?

How did I become addicted to plastic?

There was a time, when I lived in my first apartment, where I could fit everything I owned into the back of a pick-up truck. Consequently, the amount of garbage I created in a week, would not fill a full-sized

Unused creativity is not benign

Unused creativity is not benign

Brené Brown’s research on the feeling of shame, which we all know too well, has led to many other discoveries in human behaviour. Ones which might not have been immediately linked to feelings of shame. In a podcast interview with

Irrepressible optimism or finding good in everything

Irrepressible optimism or finding good in everything

Over the years I have been writing and posting to my blog, I’ve had a goal which has guided my content. It is simple. I want the words to be fashioned in such a way so that the reader and

Consumer anarchy and the Buyerarchy of needs

Consumer anarchy and the Buyerarchy of needs

A fellow Canadian created this tongue and cheek challenge to help us draw attention to a more sustainable way to consume. Actually, I don’t know if that was Sarah Lazarovic‘s motivation, but I am using the illustration to draw attention to

Q&A The Cost Benefit Of Travel

Q&A The Cost Benefit Of Travel

I decided to change things up a bit and ask a bunch of questions of myself. As I sit on a terrace of a little café in Athens, recording all our expenses, it gets me to thinking about costs versus

There is freedom in diversity

There is freedom in diversity

Back in 2002, Wade Davis gave these comments in an interview where the question was asked, “why does diversity matter, if nature and society are changing all the time anyway”? Just as there is a biological web of life, there

The cure is in our wisdom

The cure is in our wisdom

What if we did not need anymore new drugs to be developed or any new medical treatments to be found? What if the key to a healthy life, was in our personal wisdom? Imagine being able to live another decade,

Difficult to explain, job titles

Difficult to explain, job titles

It started when I was young. My Dad’s job was really hard for me to understand, let alone try and explain it to others. He was a ‘Drilling Manager’, for Imperial Oil whose main consumer facing brand, in Canada, is