Greetings from World Domination HQ in Portland, Oregon. After visiting the South Pacific recently, I’m happy to be home for several weeks before the next trip. This is the Sunday Store Update, where I share a quick update on the business side of AONC. Here’s this week’s important business lesson ...Read More
In 2004 I went to Liberia for the first of five visits. It was a pretty crazy place at the time, having just ended an 14-year series of civil wars a few months before I arrived with a small assessment team. The streets were patrolled by U.N. tanks, the only electricity was provided by private generators, and the non-functioning lampposts were covered in bullet holes ...Read More
I was fortunate to be featured in a nice profile in this month's issue of Psychology Today. You can view the PDF of the article here, or read an online version here. My thanks to Carlin Flora and the whole Psychology Today team for putting this together. I never know what's going to happen when a magazine wants to do a feature, so I try to provide good info in the interviews (in this case, two hours' worth), and hope for the best.Read More
I made it home from the South Pacific this week after a great AONC reader meetup in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. My huge gratitude to everyone who came out to say hi! Whenever I get famous enough to warrant a Wikipedia page, I hope it will note the established fact that I officially have the best job in the world.Read More
Sorry I was rude to you the other day, someone said. I've just been so busy.
Guess what: we're all busy!
Every one of us. It's not a very exclusive club. And here's another reality check: because we're all busy, no one really cares about how busy someone else is. One way or another, we all make time for what's important to us.Read More
Greetings, friends and readers. Today I have a personal interview with one of our group who reads AONC from the Sudan. Christine (not her real name) is from the U.S. and works in the international development field for a charity that operates throughout Sudan. She has spent more than a year in the country thus far, and recently signed on for another commitment of indefinite length.Read More
Greetings from Nadi, Fiji. It’s a nice place–more on it in a moment. This is the Sunday Store Update. I use this time to write about the small business side of my work. If you’re new to AONC (hello to everyone coming over from Psychology Today!), I’m glad you’re here. Here’s the news this week:…Read More
From January to September 2009, 21,833 people died in my home state of Oregon. Just like that, each one of them left the world—here one day and gone the next. Several weeks ago, three hikers also died on our nearby Mount Hood in a tragic accident. After their deaths, there was the usual pontification about what they could have done differently. Despite the fact that they were all experienced climbers, and despite leaving for the hike when weather conditions were good, some people blamed their “risky behavior” and suggested various reforms that wouldn’t have made any difference in their case.Read More
Greetings from Auckland, New Zealand, where I'm in transit to the South Pacific island of Samoa – via Vancouver on one side and Nuku'alofa, Tonga on the other. (If you're coming from North America, it takes a while to get settled in this part of the world.) I've been to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Hawaii before, but this is effectively my first trip to the inner South Pacific. On the way home next week I hope to visit Fiji as well.Read More