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Finding common ground on climate change

September 18, 2020 | Tags: ,

The consequences of climate change are real. It’s time to focus on the opportunities. Last week, I found myself driving behind an early 1970s muscle car. It brought back memories: the gurgling sound of the V8 engine, the pea green metallic paint, Def Leppard on the radio, and the stink. Yes, it literally stunk—”roll up […] Read More

Teach Our Children Well

September 4, 2020 | Tags: ,

In the waning days of August, I managed to escape the confines of the Capital Beltway for a brief family vacation. We filed a plan with the state of Rhode Island, found a house with a workable kitchen and coordinated seven COVID tests. Even domestic travel today is complicated. The change of scenery and time […] Read More

Mapping and Understanding Change

August 24, 2020 | Tags: , ,

Many years ago, in an attempt to create a broader middle class, the Clinton administration experimented with housing. They created a US mortgage market financed heavily through investment banks—which eventually led to the 2008 financial crisis—which in turn created greater wealth inequality and a lower labor participation rate—which created the frustration and anger necessary for […] Read More

Only The Curious Will Survive

July 31, 2020 | Tags: , , ,

This post is going to sound a bit dark for an optimist like me, but remember—optimism is about accepting a changed world; happiness isn’t a requirement. Few of us will forget 2020: a global health pandemic, a reckoning on racism, online learning for our children, online work for us, and yes, murder hornets. Just halfway […] Read More

Join us on August 8th

July 28, 2020 | Tags:

In May, we announced that we had acquired the assets, talents and expertise of Ecoprint in an effort to shift our print and experiential manufacturing operations towards sustainability. Through our work with Ecoprint, we are learning more about a broad spectrum of environmental concerns, as well as concrete ways for each of us to improve […] Read More

You’re as healthy as your friends are

July 17, 2020 | Tags:

Assorted wisdom for keeping a business open during COVID I’ve written extensively on our work experiences outside the office. I thought it would be helpful to share what we’ve learned through our efforts to keep the printing, mailing and fulfillment operations running smoothly. At the end of March, I asked a group of senior managers […] Read More

Preparing Ourselves for Change

July 2, 2020 | Tags:

My wife is passionate about her alma mater. This week, she was texting friends about booking a house near campus for next year’s reunion weekend. “Really?” I asked. Her college is working on a plan to return students to campus in stages this fall. They plan to provide individual dorm rooms to each student and […] Read More

Race and Us

June 5, 2020 | Tags: ,

Over the past week, I’ve been talking with family, friends and coworkers about racial equity. The recent video evidence presented has been overwhelming. George Floyd being suffocated by a white police officer, Ahmaud Arbery being shot and killed while jogging through a white residential neighborhood and the racist harassment of Christian Cooper as he was […] Read More

Time to get back to the office?

May 22, 2020 | Tags:

It seems like months ago that our school system decided to close for 10 days in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Ah yes, that actually was months ago. Over the past three weeks, I’ve enjoyed telling stories about working from home, getting some fresh air in Rock Creek Park and most recently, […] Read More

How does this end?

May 15, 2020 | Tags:

This question came up at our dinner table last week. Home-cooked meal number 67, to be exact. We’ve been skirting the subject, as discussing the realities of the coming months only adds to our stressful living situation. But it now seems that my family is coming to terms with our COVID future. February-like normalcy isn’t […] Read More