I am the historian who sees the future, and the future is climate change. I help business leaders see the wave of societal-level change that’s about to hit them, so they can learn how to future-proof their businesses and ensure their survival. I speak and consult on how history can help us navigate the immense changes that are transforming our world and challenging our deepest assumptions.
I have a Ph.D. in U.S. environmental history (University of Oregon) and J.D. from Tulane Law School. My work in both the business world and studying the historical past have given me a pair of magic glasses that enable me to see what’s coming in our future–and use lessons from how people in the past have dealt with transformative change to find a way forward for today’s industries, businesses and institutions.
In addition to professional speaking about climate change and how to deal with it, I also present webinars and online classes focused on delivering actionable lessons from the past: using history to solve problems in the world today, so I can help you make better decisions and be more successful in your work and your life.
I am also an author. My upcoming book is The Warmest Tide: How Climate Change is Changing History where I use the past to help us understand what’s coming in our climate-changed future.
I am also a novelist. My newest work of fiction is Jake’s 88, a coming-of-age romance set in the 1980s. I have also written The Valley of Forever, about the nature of time; short story collection Hotel Himalaya: Three Travel Romances, the “anti-romance” novel February Romance, and “historical horror” novels Zombies of Byzantium, Zombie Rebellion and Doppelgänger.
Since 2016 I have written, produced and curated the history podcast Second Decade, about the momentous times, places and people of the 1810s, the second decade of the 19th century, and how they shaped our emerging modern world.
If you’re wondering “how does he do all that?”, connect with me and learn about the fun, informative and interesting work I do.