Writing

Gaming the Grid: A Nudge Toward Energy Efficiency

You know when an old idea that was good is blended with something new and the results are surprisingly ill conceived? (Thinking of the Hamdogger, the hot dog shaped hamburger. Or Diet Coke.) Ohm Connect has done the opposite by turning your electricity bill, a dead-boring thing into a level-up challenge.

 

Pension Fund Balks at Fossil Fuels Divestment

San Francisco’s pension system avoids kicking the big oil habit. If it can’t beat an early retreat, this issue is likely to end up on the June 2018 election ballot for the voters to decide.

 

Can Fast Fashion Find its Moral Fiber?

Today, the fashion industry is in a phase of rapid evolution, with young designers distancing themselves from unsustainable practices and reaching for new fabrication methods.

Obama’s Science Advisor Debunks Debunkers

Climate change skeptics confuse uncertainty with imprecision and that, friends is a mistake.

Beware of Darkness

A personal account of a truly total eclipse.

Sun Sessions

Einstein used a total solar eclipse to prove one of his early hunches about gravity. On August 21st, another total solar eclipse was viewable only in the United States. This view of the Sun affords new opportunities for theories about that incandescent ball of hydrogen that our lives depend on.

Discovering Our Inner Scientist

A story about what happen when we put scientific inquiry into the hands of the people.

SEED — Connections Between Food and the Natural World

As infrequently as seeds are the subject of dinner conversation, when we do take notice, it’s mind-bending to think about all that is happening underneath our noses (and feet).

How Many Have You Watched?

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

California Takes a Pummeling

California’s size and wealth makes it the sixth largest economy in the world. But when the state goes toe-to-toe with the federal government, a protracted fight calls on the state’s ingenuity.

That Time Obama Ratified the Paris Agreement

What has become of Obama’s green legacy makes this piece seem nostalgic two years later.

How Teachers Sell to Students

Daniel H. Pink, the No. 1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, reports that education is one of the fastest growing job categories in the country. 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.

Changing an Impoverished View of Learning

can-kids-be-taught-persistenceAuthor 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.

Dominic Randolph, headmaster at a school in the Bronx is steering students away from “gaming” the system. “We have got to change the educational system to think about different outcomes and different capacities,” he says.

 

Selected Writing

2015-2012
Unsentimental Education
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
Insiders Guide to the Academy of Sciences
Q&A with Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock
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
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]
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