Pressing Pause on Ecocentricity

By: John A. Lanier

The time has come to pause the regular distribution of this blog. As a parting post, I share one of the very last speeches that Ray Anderson gave to the people of Interface, and it has stood the test of time.

Nine years. That’s how long it has been since this blog came into existence. I’ve written over 300 posts, probably averaging about 700 words each. For those doing the math at home, that puts me north of 200,000 words hammered out on my keyboard. That’s a book, and not a short one. It’s admittedly less than half of War and Peace’s 587,000 words, but I think that says more about Leo Tolstoy than me. That dude could WRITE. But I digress. The point is, I think the time has come to give my fingers a rest.

I’ve decided to pause Ecocentricity, so for those of you who have subscribed (and thank you for that!), you won’t be receiving regular emails anymore. As for sparing your inbox…well, you’re welcome.

There is no need to unsubscribe though. When the mood strikes me, or when there is an environmental issue I simply can’t avoid, I will still sit down to write. We will send those out in the ordinary way, so I will still pop up in your inbox from time to time. All the same, I don’t know how frequent those blogs will be, and I don’t intend to set any goals for myself. Let’s just see how it goes, you and I.

As for my “why,” it’s pretty simple. I want to make time for other things, both at the Foundation and in my personal life. It can be difficult to find the time to write, and when doing so becomes something I grumble about instead of look forward to, then it’s time for a change.

As I say “so long for now,” I want to leave you with one last thing. It’s a roughly 30-minute video of my grandfather. I don’t think I’ve shared this one before, but it’s a special one. This is the last speech that Ray Anderson gave to the people of Interface. It was their annual sales meeting in the first quarter of 2011, just a matter of months before his passing in August of that year.

Every aspect of Ray Anderson is in this video. You’ll see his love for his people. You’ll see his competitive spirit. His humility is apparent as he shares in detail his struggle with cancer. So too is his humor and wit. Above all else, you’ll see his wisdom and passionate commitment for creating a sustainable society.

Thank you for watching. And thank you for reading along with this blog over the years. Until we meet again, my warmest wishes to you all, and my great hope that we can continue working for a better world for Tomorrow’s Child.