I was inspired to create this blog by the wide-ranging and uplifting responses I received from all over the globe in response to my TED talk that went “live” on October 6, 2011: http://www.ted.com/talks/mike_biddle.html
The TED team suggested I put together a TED blog to respond to what appeared to be more than 1,000 comments, questions and offers to help in just a few months. The responses fell into several categories that I was able to address separately in the blog. As there were some more personal examples I wanted to share, I decided to create a separate blog.
My TED talk focused on all of the “stuff” in our lives, what happens to it after we discard it and what my colleagues and I at MBA Polymers are doing to give it a new life – particularly the once difficult-to-recycle plastics.
The blog I put together for the TED website and the information contained in the MBA Polymers website (www.mbapolymers.com) address what we are doing at MBA Polymers.
The purpose of this blog is to share more personal values, principles, ideas and actual practices that can help us secure a SUSTAINABLE bright future. It starts with the person in the mirror.
We are bombarded daily with stories and information regarding climate change, resource depletion, species extinction, eco-system destruction, etc. , which make it seem that the goal of achieving sustainability while maintaining a ‘high quality’ of life are mutually exclusive. My belief is that we can achieve both, but it will require changing some of our current behaviors and I intend to argue that these changes will lead to an improved quality of life rather than the austere “green life” envisioned by many.
“Live Like There is No Tomorrow” has become a common theme frequently expressed in motivational speeches, including Steve Job’s famous Stanford University commencement speech from 2005. In fact, there are several recent popular Western songs with similar titles:
– “Live Like There’s no Tomorrow”, Selena Gomez
– “Living Like There’s No Tomorrow”, Whitley Keith
– “Live like We’re Dying”, Kris Allen
– “Live Like You We’re Dying”, Tim McGraw
While this or similar phrases are usually meant to suggest living each day to its fullest, certainly useful advice, it seems that many of us take this far too literally and forget to think about the future – grabbing everything we can as quickly as we can. I believe it’s time we started “Living Like Tomorrow Matters”.
My blogs will attempt to discover and communicate things we can do as individuals to “Live Like Tomorrow Matters”, while improving the quality of our lives. It’s really just following the Golden Rule. If we want others to live in this way, then we ought to do the same.