072: Joshua Spodek And His Path To Environmental Action and Leadership

072: Joshua Spodek And His Path To Environmental Action and Leadership

The Impossible Network with Mark Fallows
The Impossible Network
072: Joshua Spodek And His Path To Environmental Action and Leadership

Guest overview 

Joshua Spodek is the epitome of a renaissance man.

A two-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author, host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, and professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School.

He is a regular speaker on environmental leadership at institutions such as Boston Consulting Group, Google, IBM,  Harvard, Princeton, West Point, MIT, and Stanford,

Oh, he also has a Ph.D. in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia and helped build an X-ray observational satellite with the European Space Agency and NASA.

He founded a venture to market his invention— an innovative media product

He’s an artist and has installed public works in New York and Amsterdam. 

He studied Meisner acting Technique at the William Esper Studio. He has taught art at Parsons and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

He’s run seven marathons (3:51 best), rowed one, competed at the world level of Ultimate Frisbee 

He’s swum across the Hudson River, has done over 140,000 burpees, written over 3,500 blog posts, and has taken over 430 cold showers

He hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016, has picked up at least one piece of street trash per day since April 2017, and takes over a year to produce one bag of garbage.

What we discuss

In part one we cover Josh’s upbringing, the impact of his parent’s divorce, education, dealing with insecurity, his curiosity. discovering his love of math and science, finding joy in discipline and his evolutionary approach to living.

We also dive deep into Josh’s commitment to influence and invite the guests he interviews on his podcast and the corporate clients he consults to embrace personal behavioral changes that will impact on the environment. Josh explains the process of taking actions and joy that results from the values he lives by. 

We also discuss why his approach can be embraced by anyone willing to live more sustainable lives.  I hope you enjoy the intellect, inspiration, environmental action and leadership principles of Joshua Spodek

In Part Two Josh explains his self developed a habit-forming technique called SIDCHA and breaks down the step by step approach that anyone can embrace to create more positive habits and behaviors in their life. Josh also invites me to take on my personal environmental challenge.

We discussed the broader environmental challenges facing society and the planet before jumping into the rapid-fire. Questions that turn out not to be rapid-fire answers. I hope you enjoy the intellect, the inspiration, the environmental action, and the leadership principles of Joshua Spodek.

We also cover Josh’s mission – to help people live by their values, especially their environmental values, creating and finding joy, meaning, value, importance, purpose, passion, and other emotional rewards in the process.

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Links In Show 

Fanny and Alexander 

Champion Mindset 

Leadership Step By Step

Leadership and The Environment 

Maria Sharapova Book

Don’t Stop Here

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