photo by Bernie DeChant

photo by Bernie DeChant

Born in Colorado, raised on the Kansas plains, where one morning I leaned back under a cottonwood and felt the root under my head and the high leaves, the wind, the sky, all connected. That pure sensation guided everything that followed: My first newspaper job, at the Grinnell Herald Register (no pay; forever grateful), followed by the Santa Fe Reporter, Austin's Third Coast magazine, Stanford for grad school and a path to Tokyo, where I celebrated late every night and woke early to write for Pacific Stars and Stripes, the voice of the US Military in the Pacific. Rodale Press made me a book writer. New York City gave me stories and columns in the New York Times, GQ, Newsweek, and so many others. Ran a successful business designing and importing textiles from Central America that taught me a lot about the perils and potentials of supply chains, guerrilleros and pockets full of cash. Moved to an isolated cabin with no electricity in the Andean cloud forest and wrote a novel that no one wanted to publish (one of six, as of now). In that forest I decided to only do work that benefited the planet, or people. A simple decision with positive results. Began ghostwriting books for people with important stories to tell, such as a Sudanese refugee, and a nonagenarian philosopher with a funny take on the world. Had the great good fortune to partner with Jim Rogers to write a book about energy poverty in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Connected with Ty Montague to start MOR, a company designed to reverse planned obsolescence. My inner businessman revived, I saw a poster on the subway for the Bard MBA in Sustainability, and now I have that MBA, and a passion for blockchain, which I'm applying to MOR, and to a sustainable clothing startup, Wm. Williams. I believe blockchain, and the distributed systems that flow from it, is the technology that will lead us into a startlingly different future, where profit is clean, and trust is a given. That's the premise of my new book, Blockchain: The Next Everything, to be published in April, by Scribner. My mission now is to unleash this potential in companies, people and communities, using my writing, leadership, and creative gifts.