Who do you connect with and why? Who is your community?
I connect with people who are joyfully exploring the world, their own place in it and are humbled by its complexity and beauty. This tends to lead me towards connecting in nature, around travel and sharing of culture and where people authentically share their own passions and joy. And I really like hanging out with people who can laugh at themselves when talking about all of this becomes a bit too much.
What are you willing to struggle for?
I am deeply committed to creating the conditions and protecting the rights of all living beings to joyfully find their place and express their passions as they define it. And, I also revel in the fact that my own contribution towards achieving this purpose is just a small drop in the ocean of deeply interconnected living beings who share this commitment.
What can you do with unlimited energy?
I thrive when I am invited to operationalize complex living ideas in a way that is deeply relational and where I am also a learner so that we all regenerate ourselves, our communities, and the world we are a part of. I also find a strange amount of joy in kicking my ass physically, and then drinking a beer, eating pizza and watching professional sports of almost any kind, except golf.
Where did you come from?
I am a the youngest of three children of immigrant parents who fled Japanese occupied China during WWII. They immigrated to the USA in the 1960’s and I was born in Amherst, Mass. 50+ years later, after a leading a diverse and international career as an ecologist, CEO, entrepreneur, consultant and psychotherapist in the USA, Australia, Europe, and Africa, I have returned to Amherst, MA with my wonderful wife Francisca to be close to my parents. Throughout my life and career I have applied living systems thinking and holistic approaches to help address the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time. Education wise, I hold a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science and a graduate degree in Holistic Psychology. I am also proud to apply systems thinking to my own life through a dedicated Buddhist practice.
What gives you energy?
What gives me the most energy is when the “parts of life” that are normally siloed into “work”, “home”, “spirituality”, “working out” flow together into one experience and unexpected emergence occurs. And I really get energy from sharing contemporary story telling in creative forms like movies, gaming, comic books and music.