work journal

People I Admire

I wrote profiles for 20 years, and I still can't get enough of learning about other people.

On mentorship

Watching Nancy in action during the Master Gardeners Workshop at Christiansen's Nursery was a masterclass in facilitation and light-handed leadership for me.
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Lessons in reciprocity

I'm pulled off on the side of the road near the end of a road trip with my daughter to see friends in Blackfeet Country. Here's what I've been learning: Reciprocity is like a flow of giving, rather than a transaction.
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Our fall garden chores through the lens of Jason Thompson

Photographer Jason Thompson's perspective on our fall garden and yard chores, shot on spec for Patagonia.
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Book recommendation: A Fine Line by Graham Zimmerman

Follow Graham Zimmerman’s journey from early luck and scary accidents to cutting-edge alpine climbs, from dating foibles to marriage, and from surveying for mining interests to leading climate activism through Protect Our Winters and the American Alpine Club.
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Nate Powell-Palm organizes USDA Organic Field Day in Gallatin Valley

Nate Powell-Palm has been working to advance organic ag for most of his life, starting with raising his first 4-H steer at age 9. This fall, he brought the US Undersecretary of Ag to Gallatin Valley for a field day.
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Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard is in Business to Save the Earth—Not Wall Street

"At Patagonia, we make our important decisions based on wanting to be here 100 years from now." Looking back on a story I wrote for Esquire about Chouinard in 2019.
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From compost to climate, Amy Fonte is working for sustainability in Big Sky

“Corporations have so much power and influence," said Amy Fonte, Big Sky Resort's sustainability specialist. "How do you use that to make a positive impact?
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Podcast interview: Northstar Unplugged

I was already considering stepping away from deadline-driven writing and reporting. Talking to Kristen Rainey nudged me in that direction, helping me realize that to be the person I want to be, I need to sleep. A podcast interview on Northstar Unplugged.
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Book recommendation: More by Majka Burhardt

In turns raw, bold, insightful, funny and fiercely loving, More is an important work that I hope will move the conversation forward about parenting, career, our individual and collective wellbeing, and the hidden ties between them all.
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Designing a theory of change: Iqra Fund founder Genevieve Walsh

Iqra Fund builds sustainable school systems in northern Tribal Pakistan. A decade in, the nonprofit's founder and CEO needed a clear, simple and compelling visual to communicate both the org's model and her vision for long-term impact.
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Kris Tompkins on rewilding Chile and Argentina

Lessons in vision and leadership from Kris Tompkins, who's protected 13 million acres (and counting). A profile I wrote for Mountain Outlaw in 2019, plus previously unpublished insights on the imperative of changing our agricultural system.
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Strategy workshop: Hannah Featherman and the National Forest Foundation

The process of bringing a purpose, vision, mission and set of values to life can be both messy and magical. If you get the chance, do this work in person.
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Latrice Tatsey studies "our relationship to the world.”

As part of my ongoing study of regenerative food systems, I spent a day with my 6-year-old, Eloise, shadowing soil scientists Latrice Tatsey and Tony Hartshorn at Blackfeet Community College and on a nearby ranch.
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MJ Matute leads with empathy.

People come from all over the country and the world to work at Big Sky Resort's restaurants, each in search of something a little different. And they wind up contributing far more than just their labor: new and diverse ideas, energy, and perspectives.
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Ode to a colleague and friend, Dylan Hale Thornton

Dylan is one to watch. Better yet, partner with him and change the world.
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Podcast interview: Reframing Rural

“Every one of these farms is a business and a family and a community and an ecosystem. And it's so complex to look at all of those pieces, and it's so necessary. We're not just one giant industrial machine that produces food for the world.”
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Help me design a strategy workshop?

I helped Iqra Fund founder and CEO create a strategic planning workshop to lead her with her team in Pakistan. The outcome: The team created an entirely new program that has the potential to leverage Iqra's mission many times over.
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Stuart Fuke has the ingredients for teamwork in the kitchen.

Fuke mixes the Hawaiian culture of his youth and his military training to create family in the banquet kitchen. His is a story of incredible sacrifice, and of finding friendship and home in unlikely places.
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Book recommendation: Range by David Epstein

If you’re a curious person with wide-ranging interests and a “jungle gym” of a career, Epstein’s phenomenal book Range is one you don’t want to miss.
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The stories you tell matter. Here's why.

Focus on how people are responding to problems, and not the problems themselves.
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Trabian Shorters’ “Asset-Framing”

“Asset-Framing” is a simple, clear and imperative tool for empathetic communication in the 21st century. It is a practical strategy for productive conversation in any part of life.
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Blair Hensen is changing the way we talk about love and adventure.

I've been helping this wilderness guide-turned-therapist build the foundation of a business that melds her two passions.
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The wisdom of children

My daughter's "caring for the Earth" list
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Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard predicts food could save the planet

Interviewing Chouinard, combined with the love of gardening and food I inherited from my parents, launched my exploration food and agricultural systems in Montana.
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