Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Before Kindling, Peter was Senior Research Associate for the Pacific Institute's Corporate Sustainability Program and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, conducting research that supports companies' sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham with his partner Sara and cat Winnie.

Misunderstanding diversity

If we truly valued diversity and inclusion, then we would have a preference for accepting and welcoming conflicting viewpoints We would welcome those who hold opposing beliefs as neighbors and assume they have good intentions. But we don’t.

David Foster Wallace at a podium

I don’t need to be David Foster Wallace

If by some miracle, I did hone my talents to somehow approximate Wallace’s genius, my mind would still come up with another reason to not do the work, to not put myself out there, to stay safe, small.

Cultivating a daily mindfulness practice

The only necessary ingredient of your mindfulness practice is you take yourself out of the need to be productive. Take yourself out of your thoughts.

Reimagining progress

We can develop all the technologies we want. But if our motivations, beliefs, and ways of perceiving the world stay stagnant, we’ll still be the same.


Fierce kindness

Being truly kind is about making service to others more important than being liked.

Bernie Sanders & Hillary Clinton

Facing the Democratic divide

We are seeing another polarization within a polarization featuring all the same dynamics we’ve come to see between the American left and right: contempt, ridicule, purity tests, an assumption of bad intentions, and blame.


Stop trying to change people’s minds

The work is not in convincing those who don’t think like us to think differently. The work is in encouraging those who do to step up and act.