More in Morroco
November 30, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

Being in Morocco this week for the United Nations COP22 climate conference is an opportunity to witness a coming together of people from all over the world, all concerned with climate change. Individuals, NGOs, governments, and the private sector. That last group is one of the most interesting. Companies and start-ups are here to demonstrate and develop the value propositions that exist in solvingclimate change. Let that sink in—there is money to be made in addressing the most daunting global challenge of our era.… Read More
Despair and Inspiration
November 15, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

[The following remarks were delivered at the November 2016 XMNR X17-Cohort meeting.] I wanted to share a few words with all of you following the results of the presidential election just two days ago. I imagine that sounds a bit funereal, a bit maudlin. I struggled with what to say, given that there are people in this room that I’m sure voted on opposing sides. But I thought it important, as Center Director, that I say my piece. It appears from the… Read More
XMNR Alumni Peter Burke Leads ISO Environmental Standards Course with QMII
November 7, 2016 —
We are pleased to announce that one of our XMNR Alumni, Peter Burke, has developed in partnership with on-line learning site, QMII University (QMII) an Introduction to ISO Environmental Standards web course. This new course, Introduction to ISO Environmental Standards, is offered on the QMII website and covers new ISO standards, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 and the application of those requirements to environmental management. The International Standards Organization (ISO) system is used to set requirements for standards used in the… Read More
Making the World Safe for Sovereignty
June 1, 2016 —
In April of 2016, United States’ President Barack Obama visited the United Kingdom. His purpose, at least partially, was to make plain the U.S. position on the proposed exit of Britain from the European Union — the so called "Brexit." Appearing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, a staunch opponent of Brexit, President Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU, to continue playing an EU leadership role. In the days leading up to Cameron and Obama’s stage show, former… Read More
Vancouver
Blogging in ‘Blandcouver’
May 12, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

I am in Vancouver as I write this.  One in every four or five cars here in the city's central business district seems to be a German or Japanese luxury marque, with the occasional Bentley or Maserati sprinkled in for flavor.  Window shopping at a real estate brokerage demonstrates the nearly inconceivable prices for housing anywhere near the city center.  The affluence here is palpable.  With easy access to Asia, a mild maritime climate, an inviting combination of mountains and… Read More