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.

Burning Man art

Fighting without hating

Can we fight without hating? Can we advocate for tones that we believe are most aligned with our values, that we believe are most conducive to change, without policing for them?

Person walking up a mountain

The tragedy of ideals

Our awareness of the challenges we face always outpaces our ability to solve them. We always place our ideals ahead of us, just out of reach of our reality.

Explosion

Outrage fatigue

There will be more tax bills in the future, more sex offenders in power, more devastation of our conservation lands. There will be an endless supply of things to be rightfully outraged by.

Glass of water

Seeing what is

The world is a brilliant, wondrous place, so long as we judge it for what it is.

Man jumping underneath a tree with sunshine in the background

The privilege of possibility

The only thing of value that can be done with privilege is to leverage its power into something useful, something that can help rectify the pain and suffering all around us.

US Dollar bill

No more “taxes”

Stop arguing that we should raise taxes. Instead, make the very reasonable assertion that we should have more public money and less money for the super rich to hoard.

Louis C.K. performing

Witnessing a change moment

Occasionally, when the stars align, we can actually observe the hard edge of change, a moment when society at large decides that enough is enough.

Cleaning plastic off a beach

Owning your theory of change

The most impactful change agents come up with interventions that change the systems rather than simply put a Band-Aid on their negative effects.

Earth from satellite

“America first”???

With an increasingly global economy and global effects of climate change, we are bound to one another, now and forever.

Woman holding a "Me too" sign

I perpetuate misogyny. Me too.

The only way I can truly be helpful in confronting misogyny is when I realize it flows through me and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.

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Thoughts and prayers

Before we do anything of value and impact, we must first commit to it in our own hearts and minds. Thoughts and prayers can accomplish this.

“Act of pure evil”?

It’s time for our society to move past silly abstractions and deflections like “good” and “evil”. It’s time to take responsibility for the mayhem we create for ourselves.

Stop opposing Trump #2

If we are only focused on opposing Trump, ultimately the best we can do is simply return to the status quo before him.

Stop opposing Trump

The radical change agent today does not waste time opposing Trump and his supporters. She just ignores them whenever possible.

Hands in crowd

In defense of tribalism

Tribalism is not a failed system. It’s just a limited system, one that is healthy and helpful to an extent and dangerous when taken to the extreme.

Back of Pope's head

[Hu]man is [not] stupid

We need to see that humanity is deeply beautiful, imaginative, loving, and capable of incredible transformation and action in the face of climate change.