The Pursuit of Happiness

Last week I took the train down to New York for its first ever Circular City Week. In the whirlwind 24 hours that followed, I was introduced to cutting-edge approaches to building design and creation, drank coffee from the “next-gen cup” you may soon see at every Starbucks, looked out over Midtown Manhattan from the Finnish Consulate, received a crash course in the current state of drinking straw innovation, reconnected with incredible friends… and got hit upside the head by a couple of profound realizations. 

More on some of that to come.

Right now, I want to offer one of the realizations I took away from listening at Circular City Week. It was brought on, as many things are, by something that someone else said somewhat casually. That something (heavily paraphrased) was that:

“The words ‘pursuit of happiness’ are perhaps the most dangerous words in our Constitution . . .

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Faith

This afternoon I met Faith. She greeted me with a warm smile as I walked through the familiar vestibule and into Rice Pot, a favorite Thai restaurant near my apartment in New Haven. We had never met before, but our mutual love for the natural world and all things circular had inspired her to reach out to me a couple of days ago.

Faith works at one of the largest and most influential companies in the world. When I asked her how she came to be working on circular economy projects within that particular organization, she simply responded, “I created my job.”

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