At the heart of it, I would like to help create a sustainable future. The way to do that is different for everyone. As I shared with a friend and mentor in a conversation a few weeks ago, there are times that I feel like pulling up stakes and living off the grid, simply and with a shunning of what the modern world has become (Thoreau?). The problem with that (besides the fact that my wife would probably not go for it) is that I would be shirking my feeling of responsibility to the greater society for helping fix our broken economic system. Just because I go live in the woods and forage for mushrooms doesn't mean climate change will "go away". I want to be part of the conversation; the effort to engage the business world in the solutions to climate change.
The reality of committing to this program is that I'll have to reconnect with my scholarly self, a persona that left me and stayed at WPI in May of 1994. Managing my current work-load with the addition of a monthly trip to Seattle from the Boston area along with the regular school work will not be very pleasant, (one could argue that this whole thing is foolish due to the fact that I am flying across the country once a month to learn about sustainable business). I am fortunate that financially this is possible without much strain (right now). I'm nervous about my ability to handle all this in a way that makes my life livable for me and my wife. I suppose it's a pretty big unknown and something that I will manage as I go along.
If someone commits to something that they want to do, it's amazing what can be done to make it happen.