Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am seven years past a twelve-year marriage and ready to find
another long-term partner. I have two extraordinary children who
are 12 and 16 and who live with me about a third of the time. I
have the world's most enjoyable -- but demanding -- jobs that allow
me to write and speak on the issues I'm passionate about, travel
around the world, and get excellent compensation. I'm also a bundle
of contradictions: a nonpracticing attorney, a self-hating
economist, a nonbelieving Jew, a greenish libertarian, and (see
below) a world-traveling localista.
My mission is two-fold: To be the best dad I can, and to help
communities worldwide "go local."
What I’m doing with my life
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You could say that I’ve become the pied piper of buy-local and
invest-local movements around the United States. I've written four
books on the subject that have circulated pretty widely among
locavores. That's why I'm traveling much the time -- giving talks
about the importance of community and community businesses, and
supporting entrepreneurs everywhere. Over the past year, I've been
on the road almost every other week--to about half the states and
increasingly other countries with strong local-economy movements
like Canada and Australia. The irony of Dr. Local mutating into Mr.
Carbon Footprint has not escaped me, and I'm now thinking hard
about how to be home more of the time. Any advice?
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
People who know me well say that my most unique skill is knitting
together ideas from disparate fields -- economics, law, science,
philosophy, cinema -- in ways that surprise, amuse, and interest
people. In my writing and speaking especially, I try to communicate
difficult and controversial ideas with clarity, passion, and humor.
I'm also a really dedicated friend to the people I've become close
to over the years.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I'm a little klutzy and wacky, my shoelace might be untied, I might
have a food spot on my shirt, I probably cut myself shaving -- and,
yet, it doesn't matter, because I'm also very sure of my footing,
very comfortable in my skin, and very much enjoying life. These
contradictions are why I've embraced (since the age of six) the
absurd-yet-graceful moose as my totem animal.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I subscribe to about 30 news magazines and three daily papers --
that consumes much of my reading time (and keep my recycling bin
full). I tend to read a lot of nonfiction related to my field --
economics and politics.
All kinds of movies appeal -- I originally went to Stanford with
the objective of becoming a film director. Oops on that one. But I
continue to enjoy oldies, newbies, intense, light, really almost
anything except horror films.
I enjoy eating almost anything, except chocolate and venison (see
above). On my first trip to Australia in 2009, I learned that I'm
not very keen on kangeroo or emu. I'm decidedly not a vegetarian,
but I respect those who are.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1 & 2. My children.
3. My laptop, which connects me to friends and colleagues
4. A wacky sense of humor, which enables me to work on otherwise
depressing global problems.
5. Warm sunshine on a beach with the smell of tanning oil
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
- How can spread local stock exchanges that enable us to get our
money out of Wall Street?
- How can I travel less and have greater impact?
- Do I want more or less spiritual practice in my life?
- What kind of relationship makes sense at this stage of
- Where can I find a good recipe for BBQ brisket?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
With my kids (half the time), on the road speaking, or with a date.
I hate staying at home on a Friday evening, and even will insist
that my kids and I go to the movies or some such....
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Even though I crave long-term intimacy, I believe that at this
stage of life -- especially after a dozen years of marriage,
especially with children at stake -- that dating, mating, and
commitment should proceed slowly. Finding the right pace, not too
fast and not too slow, is still something I'm learning about. I
welcome your insights!
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None of what follows are deal-breakers, but here's what I know from
my dating history: The kind of women I'm drawn to tend to be:
HUMOROUS, funny, and able to laugh at themselves; ATHLETIC,
healthy, and fit; PASSIONATE about their work and their mission in
life; PROGRESSIVE in their politics (or at least contrarian);
INTELLIGENT and curious; EDGY sacrilege, and noncomformist; and
SOULFUL, introspective, and self critical. They also will realize
that the highlighted words make up a silly mnemonic (lest I
forget!). I tend to be nervously uncomfortable with women who
heavily use makeup, who are very religious, who care too much about
what others think, who think Muhammed Atta worked for Dick Cheney,
and who are very materialistic.
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