Writings


Ordinary people are discovering their inner scientist.

I have been watching with interest as citizen science projects pop up and I pursued this optimistic angle of what can happen when we put scientific inquiry into the hands of the people. More

SEED uncovers the subtle connections between food and the natural world.

As infrequently as seeds are the subject of dinner conversation, when we do take notice of what the plant world is up to, it’s mind-bending to realize all this is happening underneath our noses (and feet). More


How Many Have you Watched?

The long-awaited sequel to An Inconvenient Truth is just the beginning. More

Can CA Take the Pounding?

At a glance, CA looks golden. The state’s size and wealth makes it the sixth largest economy in the world. But if CA goes toe-to-toe with the federal government, a protracted fight may deplete the state’s ingenuity. Let’s hope Governor Brown is also planning big strategy moves to stay in the ring. More

Obama with China ratified the Paris agreement

We know Obama is hoping to leave a green legacy. As China hops onto the bicycle built for two, can they really put this colossal effort into motion? And once the wheels are turning, continue to build momentum? More

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

Author Daniel Pink reports that education is one of the fastest growing job categories in the country. And with this growth comes the opportunity to change the way educators envision their roles and their classrooms. Guided by findings in educational research and neuroscience, the emphasis on cognitive skills like computation and memorization is evolving to include less tangible, non-cognitive skills. More

can-kids-be-taught-persistenceCan Kids Be Taught Persistence?

Paul Tough makes the case that persistence and grit are the biggest indicators of student success. Being resilient against failure, he says, is the fundamental quality we should be teaching kids, and he gives examples of where that’s being done.

Dominic Randolph, the headmaster at the elite Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York, has set out on a road to change an “impoverished view” of learning. Rather than producing students adept at “gaming” the system, “we have got to change the educational system to think about different outcomes and different capacities,” he says. More

Selected Writing

Recent
Does COP21 Matter?
Unsentimental Education
Tying up the Body to Release the Mind
In the Future We Will Drive Teslas
Can Gamers Add to Our Collective IQ?
The Innovation Engine
Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program
How Children Succeed
Summer Projects: Mind/Shift education technology blog
Awesome Outdoor Ideas: Mind/Shift education technology blog

2012

Am I A Hamburger?
Be in the Sing-a-Long
Insiders Guide to the Academy of Sciences
Q&A with Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock
Twilight at Emigrant Gap
Nursery School: Bay Area Gardening Red Tricycle

2008
Southern Exposure: Incubator of the Arts [DC Arts News]
Myca the Twin Peaks Coyote A story of urban wildlife [Glen Park News]

2006

Q&A with Sam Green director of The Weather Underground, The Universal Language, Utopia in Four Movements
From Noise to Signal A seismic humming and what it could mean for the Earth Sciences community [Berkeley Science Review]
On the “Death of Environmentalism” [Berkeley Ecology Center’s Terrain Magazine]
Monumental interview with director Kelly Duane
The Last Refuge of Democracy The “State of the Cinema” address at the SF International Film Festival
Agent of Change [Terrain Magazine]
A Brain of Solid Popcorn: Women in the Motion Picture Business
Seed Magazine The 50th Anniversary issue of DNA’s discovery
On Intelligence San Francisco Bay Guardian

2002

Streaming Media Steps up to the Plate Major League Baseball’s video on demand site
Form, Function & Emotion Inside the Philosophy of Frog Design
Building an Online Exchange
Wired “Street Cred”

1990s

Elliot Smith interview Speak Magazine Spring
Pavement Turns a Corner San Francisco Chronicle
No Depression Americana music magazine