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The American Dream: The World’s Nightmare








What is it?

The American Dream: The World’s Nightmare (ADWN) is a PowerPoint presentation designed to educate, motivate, and inspire people to take action.

What Is It About?

It would be easier to explain what it is not about as ADWN spans the macro to the personal, explores science and philosophy, and delves into what it means to be human and how to create a sustainable future.

Why This Presentation?

Humanity is hurtling toward disaster as the scale of human society begins to overwhelm the planet’s life support systems.  We have almost 7 billion people on the planet who are increasingly living like Americans.  More and more societies are following in America’s developmental footpath which is based on exponential growth and consumerism. Exponential growth on a finite planet is not possible.  Despite the growing examples of planetary, societal, and individual-level distress we go blindly on.

The most important issues, the mega-trends that  impact us all are mostly ignored in the mainstream media, are only occasionally broached by teachers, and are rarely highlighted by our elected officials.  Within this vacuum, I have created ADWN to promote reflection, dialogue, and hopefully, action.

We can create a future that many of us only currently dare consider in our wildest dreams. Imagine a society where everyone has access to a good education and health care. Imagine a society where everyone works at a job that pays a livable wage. Imagine a place where each of us has the essentials for a comfortable life while having ample time to spend with family and friends and time to spend in our community. Imagine a place where we have the time to focus on developing our minds, our spirituality, or our emotional well being. Imagine a place where people are valued for who they are, for what they contribute to building our community rather than for what they have. Imagine a place where nature and other life forms flourish and we have the time and space to be part of nature.

Sound ludicrous? It is – at least given the world we have now, the world that we created. But we can create a far different world.  In fact, we have no choice but to profoundly change our world if we want to survive as a species. In ADWN I offer the facts, sometimes very harsh facts, about the damage we are doing to ourselves, our society, and to our planet. But I also provide examples of the awe-inspiring efforts and successes of sustainability pioneers all around the world as they offer real world examples of another, better way.

Who Is This Presentation For?

Everyone.  ADWN is not just for tree huggers. If you live on planet earth, these are issues that you will want to know about. This presentation is not about saving polar bears, though that would be nice. This is about saving ourselves.

If you are worried about the quality of life the world will be able to offer your children or grandchildren?  Concerned about your health?  Interested in living a life that is not so chaotic and stress filled? Have a nagging sense there could or should be much more to life?

I present ADWN at high schools, colleges, universities, churches, retirement homes, businesses and even in people’s private homes.  I will go to any venue where people are open to imaging a better future and way of life.

Format Of The Presentation?

Currently, I present ADWN as a 30 to 45 minute PowerPoint presentation followed by a question and answer session for 15-30 minutes.  I am continually updating the content of the presentation and I often adapt the material based on the interests and knowledge level of the audience.

High Schools

In high schools I offer a 30 minute version to accommodate the typical 42-45 minute class period length.  It can be difficult to organize a presentation for the entire school so teachers often bring me in to present to a series of individual classes.  For example, on a given day I might come in and present to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period science classes for a specific teacher or group of teachers.  Sometimes teachers combine classes and I present to 50 -100 students in a laboratory or in the auditorium.  At one school a teacher had two periods with the same students so I did a longer, 45 minute, presentation and then we spent 45 minutes together discussing the issues.


I can present at conferences or you can bring me in to be a guest lecturer or presenter for a given class or department.  For example, at Western Connecticut State University I was the keynote speaker for their “International Perspectives: What Do We Mean by Green” conference in 2009.  My presentation kicked off the event and provided a broader context for the more detailed discussions that followed during the day.

In 2010 at Gettysburg College I was invited to speak to the students who made up the International Studies program.  We met in a small auditorium and had 1.5 hours for the presentation and discussion.


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