Category Archives: personal

Four years of a vegan diet

What’s it like to eat a vegan diet for some years? For most of my life I was a serious carnivore, eating lots of meat and animal products.  Yet in late 2019 I experimented with eating a partially vegan diet.  … Continue reading

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Turning 57 in the year 2024

Earlier this month I had a birthday, which I prefer to think of as “completing another solar orbit.” Today I’ll continue with this blog’s tradition of birthdayblogging: a bit of reflection, some memoir, and a touch of futuring. (previously: 2023, … Continue reading

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2023 can stop doing this stuff right now

This past week saw me doing a whirlwind of work. I taught three classes, flew across the country to meet with one client, led a Future Trends Forum session, worked up the next FTTE report, held several virtual meetings, started … Continue reading

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An update on my summer crises

Last month I shared with you all the story of two awful things which happened this summer: my father’s death and my wife having a heart attack.  People responded with a lot of concern and care, which helped things here … Continue reading

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Personal downsides of 2023, or why I’m a bit quieter than usual

I fear that I’ve fallen weirdly silent at times, on this blog and elsewhere, during the past year.  Some of you may be waiting for me to reply to emails you’ve sent.  Others have pinged me via LinkedIn messages, Twitter … Continue reading

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The hottest days on record have been this week

“It was getting hotter.” -Kim Stanley Robinson, Ministry for the Future (2020), opening line Greetings from early, very hot July here in the eastern United States. My apologies for not blogging much the past few weeks, but things have been … Continue reading

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Ten years of our futures enterprise!

Ten years ago this week my wife and I launched our business, Bryan Alexander Consulting. Ten years! And we’re still going strong. When BAC began this enterprise was mostly driven by improvisation and extrapolation. We learned – fast – how … Continue reading

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Personal thoughts on Ted Kaczynski’s death

Ted Kaczynski has died. I have many thoughts and some stories. 1: He and I both spent years at the University of Michigan, although not at the same time. I took several classes in the building where he once taught. … Continue reading

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Thinking through smoke

Vast firestorms across a series of Canadian provinces sent huge plumes of smoke aloft, as I noted on Sunday. Those clouds have since drifted south, across the international boundary, and down across several American states, including the one where my … Continue reading

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My new book, Universities on Fire, is now in the world

Today is a good day for me.  My new book, Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Climate Crisis, is now published.  It’s my Johns Hopkins University monograph on how colleges and universities might be impacted by climate change for … Continue reading

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