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 around here and what you can expect if you subscribe to the blog or visit regularly and want to join in this conversation, which I hope you do.
The short explanation
My vocation–pretty much my life, since 2006–is to help people INCLUDING YOU (and me) wake up to the power we have to make happier, healthier life decisions for ourselves, for our local and world communities and for our planet. Not by making big, scary, radical changes–unless you want to–but by making gentle “transformational adjustments.”
Most of us have been trained and cajoled not to make choices that are really True to our Selves but to stick with all the Standard Life Choices that no longer make us happy and often feel like they are wrecking the world we live in. A more raucous, fun-filled and meaningful life awaits. Finding the path to our own personal Good Life is better for us but also helps the world we live in. Because if it doesn’t help the world, well, it isn’t the Good Life. :)
Don’t be intimidated. It is an easy to path to find since, when you really wake up to it, it is actually your own True Path–the path you were always meant to follow. Just be patient with yourself.
This new webpage–and my other social networks–are places where we can figure out together how to live that kind of life–the Good Life.
A little longer explanation
Back in 2006, I became very worried about what we were doing to get oil–the Iraq War–and what happened when we burned it–climate change. I decided that I was going to dedicate my career to bringing wider attention to these problems. I launched an environmental living project called No Impact Man and wrote a blog, authored a book and starred in a documentary film about.
The big effect on me was that, without even making the dramatic step of changing careers, I found intimations of a much happier and more fulfilling life. I kept eating, I kept buying, I kept working, I kept living–nothing changed dramatically. I just started doing some and then more and more of those things in ways that were in line with what I cared about and what I believed. I made a series of fairly small, transformational adjustments.
Next thing you know, my project exploded. I was in the New York Times, The Colbert Report, Good Morning America and on and on. I became, more or less, famous for trying to live a happy life in line with my values. I should emphasize: I wasn’t trying to be a saint (though some people wanted me to be) or a martyr (people wanted me to be that, too). I just wanted to live a life that was right for me, the local and world community I lived in, and our planet.
Since then, I have written, consulted and traveled the world speaking to literally tens of thousands of people. So many were questing for answers to the same question: How can I too live according to my values? How can I be happy? How can help the world? In other words, what are the transformational adjustments that are best for me. That is what this discussion will be about.