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© 2019 by Mark Konold


Thank you for visiting my small corner of the internet. I've used this space in one form or another to share my work, experiences, learning, and travels. For a time (2009-12) the site existed solely on a crashed hard drive and piecemeal Word documents thanks to my curiosity, poor coding skills, and inability to follow my own advice about regular backups. Lesson learned.


I began blogging about my search for a "higher and better use" of my talents, and some of life's other big questions back in 2005. That line of questioning, coupled with a willingness to take some calculated risks, has resulted in one heck of a story. I try to weave this compendium in a way that makes sense, shows the interconnectedness of varied experiences, is interesting to read, and at the very least has a point. My success has been varied.


Though I maintain a propensity for some of life's more profound topics, most days my work on energy and climate change takes center stage. My experiences have also provided ample opportunities to wade into a litany of other topics. Sustainable development, international affairs, or project management might be the topic du jour. Other interests such as sports, leadership, and pop culture creep in here and there.

I have the most amazing and supportive wife, whom I do not deserve, and am the father of an dazzling boy who is responsible for my exhaustion and ever-increasing gray hairs. You'll find more details of my work in the links above. Feel free to explore, and connect with me using the social media links in the footer.




The ongoing crisis in Venezuela is not getting nearly as much attention as it deserves. One of the world's largest oil producers is home to a humanitarian crisis that could spill beyond its borders rapidly


This has the potential to be meaningful legislation some day. Its goals are as ambitious as they are necessary. Head to the blog where I review both its practicality and its politics.

Brexit: Some folks thought the whole thing was going to be easy and done by now. Others knew better. No one likes uncertainty, especially global financial markets. 


My wife bought me this for Christmas after I had completely forgotten about it earlier in the year. Kearns Goodwin looks at the presidencies of Lincoln, LBJ, and the two Roosevelts - each of which navigated years of unease and change. It is obviously meant to draw parallels to the upheaval of the current moment. I have yet finish and therefore have no review. But stay tuned.

One of my favorite leaders of all time pieces together bits of wisdom and advice based on his more than 30 years of service. Yes, he is controversial and polarizing based on the role he played in trying to sell the invasion of Iraq, but he deals with it in a forthright and honest manner - as any good leader does. Even if you disagree with him (which I did), you have to respect him.


The entire world is re-thinking its approach to energy, for environmental reasons as well as economic. The International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report looking at the geopolitics involved as the world comes to grips with this new paradigms of energy generation, food and water, and, geopolitical power dynamics.