Hello! Thank you for visiting and–hopefully–coming back over and over to take part in a conversation about finding the Good Life. My name is Colin Beavan, who some people know as No Impact Man. If you want to know more about me, you can check here. For now, let me tell you what’s going on […]
No Impact Man
No Impact Man Runs For Office
Please check out my article on the Atlantic Monthly’s website about my activist run for Congress and how citizen politics can help do something about climate and other problems: My unlikely course in activist politicking started with a May call from a member of the executive committee of the Green Party of New York State. The […]
Forget outer heroes; bring out your inner ones
I got a piece of fan mail from a young woman at Goldsmith College in London calling me her “idol.” I’m not so comfortable with being anyone’s idol and I actually don’t think it does us much good to worship outer idols. Instead we need to give our energy to bringing our inner idols out. […]
What to do if the world is scaring you
Here is a post I wrote after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC and made is all realize climate change was not a far-away thing. It is just as relevant every time a world event scares you as it was then… Dear friends, I don’t say this often but I am scared. Not scared to the point […]
My Speech At Green Party National Convention
Here is the speech I made at the Green Party National Convention on Saturday. It’s 20 minutes long so if you don’t want to watch it but you want to know the themes: 1. Democracy works on the principle that wisdom is collected from a group in order to make decisions that result in the […]
The problem of materialism and the solution in five minutes
A video written by my friend and colleague Tim Kasser. It presents a unifying theory of what’s wrong and what to do about it.
Ever wanted kids but decided not to have them?
I am curious about people who wanted to have a child or children but decided to have none or fewer because of concerns over population growth. I'm *not* interested in hearing from people who condemn the choice to have chidren but rather from people actually feel and understand the tug towards parenthood but have chosen […]
Is progress good or bad?
I spent much of this morning on the phone with a friend who is one of the top leaders in corporate sustainability. He wanted to know my thoughts on "innovation" and "progress." Did I think they were good or bad? Did I think the drive for both helped or hindered the quest for a life […]