RIP, Edgar Mitchell – Moonwalker #6 and change agent

Edward Mitchell, moonwalker and change agent

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot stands by the deployed U.S. flag on the lunar surface during the early moments of the mission’s first spacewalk. Photo: NASA, Caption: Boing Boing

RIP, Edgar Mitchell, 6th person to walk on the moon, and change agent. On the perspective granted by outer space:

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

2015 Year-in-review

It’s time again to look back on a year in my life and marvel at all the people, places, experiences, accomplishments and insights that transpired. Here’s a quick rundown, with many shout-outs:

  • Met, fell deeply in love, and moved in with the woman, partner and support I’ve been searching for for so long.
  • Played 7 rockin’ shows with The Real Numbers, including the release of our 5-song EP, “Wonderful.”
  • Sang in my first chorale performance to celebrate the beautiful union of two dear friends.
  • Treated myself to a full 10 sessions of Rolfing.
  • Completed two 10-day aryuvedic cleanses.
  • Left my product management gig Accela to pursue CivicMakers full time, and celebrated by burning all of my old employment contracts at an Ocean Beach bonfire.
  • Hosted 11 fun CivicMakers events
  • Launched a prototype of the CivicMakers knowledge-sharing platform.
  • Also on the CivicMakers tip: incorporated, got a lawyer and a .com address (it must be real!), relaunched our website, started consulting, gave our first pitch, applied to YC, wrote a business plan, got serious about fundraising and so much more, with the indispensable support of so many.
  • Attended Code for America Summit, SXSW Eco, Personal Democracy Forum, NP Dev Summit, Greener Mind Summit and a beautiful bay area gathering of the Enspiral crew.
  • Soaked at Sierra Hot Springs, Harbin Hot Springs and Esalen.
  • Visited ATX for Austin City Limits.
  • Really felt the SoCal sun and sand for the first time during an incredible 1–day tour of L.A., San Diego and the O.C.
  • Had a chance for a quick jaunt to the Seattle area.
  • Took a super-fun east coast roadtrip from NYC  to Mass for a beautiful cape code wedding, then to NH and Portland, Maine for some rocky New England coastline.
  • Finished the year with a mid-holiday family/work visit to NJ/NYC.
  • Concert highlights included: Sturgill Simpson, Weird Al Yankovic, ACL festival (Father John Misty, Alabama Shakes), King Krimson, Zappa Plays Zappa
  • Cultivated a host of new friendships with some wonderful folks.

Yowza! All in all, a spectacular year on so many fronts, especially knowing this list only captures a small slice of 2015. I’m so grateful for all of you who made this such a special year, including those I may have forgot or not had the space to mention. As I age, I realize that relationships are everything, and I consider myself very lucky to be surrounded by so many bright, shining, beautiful human beings.

One final note: the last few months diving into self-employment and entrepreneurial risk have been quite the trip. Simultaneously the most difficult and the most fulfilling thing I have ever done, which means this is exactly what I should be doing. May all of you find the relationships, experiences and purpose you deserve in 2016. It’s out there waiting for you

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