Episode Date December 28, 2021
Featured Guest Roman Krznaric
Featured Book "Basin and Range" by John McPhee

Episode Summary

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Roman Krznaric reading from John McPhee’s Basin and Range and discussing how we can be ‘good ancestors.’

This won’t, unfortunately, be news to you: Each year, we consume the resources of 1.6 planet earths. We’re diminishing the environment, exhausting biological capital … and heading towards, well, who really knows… Is there hope? Yes. Is it up to you? Yes, at least partially. And where do we begin? By understanding what it takes to be a good ancestor. Practical philosopher, Roman Krznaric, joins Michael Bungay Stanier for a conversation about preserving our planet by adopting a long-term way of thinking that will not only benefit us but succeeding generations as well.

Roman reads pages from John McPhee’s book ‘Basin and Range.’ [reading begins at 7:25]

Hear Michael and Roman talk about:

  • Channeling your anger into constructive action. [12:31]
  • Being a ‘good ancestor.’ [15:06]
  • “We can change our habits,” Roman says. [22:13]
  • “Nothing in nature grows forever.” [25:30]
  • Activists’ responses to Roman’s book and the concept of long-term thinking. [26:52]
  • “Take care of the place that will take care of our offspring.” [31:03]

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Roman Krznaric’s books | The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World | How to Find Fulfilling Work (The School of Life)

John McPhee’s book | Basin and Range 

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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