The Snap Forward

Alex Steffen
New thinking on a fast-changing planet
Created 28 Mar 2021
  • Learn smart strategies for personal ruggedization.
    13 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Hey friends— My recent letter, Ruggedize Your Life, has gotten unexpectedly phenomenal response. A bunch of you asked where you can learn more. I also recorded a supporter’s podcast picking up on thos...
  • Smart strategies for living in a planetary crisis
    09 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    “Very slow traffic.” Image: DriveBC Hey friends— In my Personal Ruggedization podcast, I mentioned offering a short course on exploring the strategies we might use to make smart choices in the face of...
  • Climate Isolation
    08 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey friends— This discussion is a little different. This time, I wanted to share something I’ve been picking up on, which is a growing sense of isolation and alienation among those who best understand...
  • Ruggedize Your Life.
    30 Nov 2021 • 23 min read
    "Upterrlainarluta.” Yup'ik, VERB: “to be wise in preparing for the unknowable."* PLACE IS THE KEY TO PREPAREDNESS When it comes to the planetary crisis, the most important question you can ask yoursel...
  • Looking up through the layers
    28 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Design for a Velocipede Time Machine by Jim Su Hey friends Today, we’re discussing how our legacy perceptions of climate action and sustainability can hamper our ability to understand what has already...
  • Personal Ruggedization {REPOST}
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Friends: for some reason, the audio in my earlier send of the podcast failed half way through. Here it is again, in its complete version. Read more
  • Personal Ruggedization
    23 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Boarding up windows as a hurricane approaches. Image: sirtentalot CC PLEASE NOTE: THE AUDIO HERE IS INCOMPLETE. THE COMPLETE VERSION CAN BE FOUND AT THIS LINK. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. Hey friends...
  • The Planetary Crisis as Technological Revolution
    23 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey friends— In this episode, we cover General purpose technologies, and what it means when technology changes everything. The Difference Engine, Cyberpunk of railroads, Steampunk. Environmental histo...
  • Climate Strategy after COP26
    11 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    David Attenborough plead with COP26 delegates to exceed expectations, and “rewrite our story.” They did not. Hey friends— How do we think about climate strategy now, after COP26 has ended much as expe...
  • Win, Then Fight.
    08 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Image: MJ Boswell, CC Hey friends— Today, we’re talking about spikiness. Since we can’t get an orderly transition, spikiness — concentrated, disruptive action that leverages large, particular opportun...
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