Wednesday, Aug 13, 6pm EDT: Mitchell’s guest this evening is author of Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do , Wallace J. Nichols.
This book draws together the psychological, health & spiritual importance of water in our lives, from surviving to thriving, from relaxation to creativity.
J. Nichols culls from several domains, from environmental thinking to neuroscience.
Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols is a scientist, wild water advocate, community organizer, New York Times bestselling author, and dad.
He takes a slow, collaborative approach with leaders in businesses, government, non-profits, and academia to inspire a deeper connection with nature and inventive solutions to pressing issues.
J knows that inspiration comes sometimes through adventures, or simply by walking and talking. Other times through writing, images, and art. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires.
His research and expeditions have taken him to coasts and waterways across North, Central and South America, to Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe where he continually finds that the emotional connection to waters of all kinds–rather than force of finacial gain–is what keeps his colleagues and collaborators working hard to understand and restore our blue planet.
J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of OceanRevolution.org, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEEtheWILD.org, a conservation travel network, GrupoTortuguero.org, an international sea turtle conservation network, and LiVBLUE.org, a global campaign to reconnect us to our water planet.
He has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers and reports and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others.
But he also knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves.
Nichols earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish from DePauw University, an Master’s of Environmental Management in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources where he received both a Marshall Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2010 he delivered the commencement address at DePauw University where he also received an honorary doctorate in science. In May 2014 he will receive the University of Arizona’s Global Acheivement Award.
Lately J and his team are working on the Blue Mind Collective, merging the fields of cognitive science and aquatic exploration, and sharing their findings across many diverse sectors of society with the goal of increasing appreciation for healthy oceans and waterways.
Join Mitchell in his dialogue with J. Nichols about the interface of water, neuroscience, health, creativity and well-being.
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