We are thrilled to be connecting with Samantha Joule Fow again. Samantha Joule is an Author, Advocate, Entrepreneur and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Samantha Joule below.
Hi Samantha Joule, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
I am an author, advocate, and entrepreneur who is proud to call Denver her home. When I am not working hard running my technical writing and digital marketing business, Axiom Communications Inc., or publicizing my up-and-coming green tech thought leadership platform, Be Decent: Environmental Activism 2.0, I’m always either in the mountains or flowing through a moving meditation on my yoga mat. Compassion, humanism, feminism, and committed nonviolence color my perspectives, and I write often on how these topics intersect with our constant technological progress.
What project you are working on that you are most excited about?
I just published my first book, Be Decent: Environmental Activism 2.0 – which is both an incredibly exciting accomplishment and a meaningful contribution to environmental advocacy. It’s all about how each of us can use green technology and virtual activism to improve the environmental health and safety of our communities. This is particularly important during times like these when our centralized political and business leaders are not taking responsibility for the environmental damage that is happening all around us.
What prompted you to write a book about green technology?
I wrote a book about green technology because I want people to feel empowered to help solve the environmental problems that are making us all a little sicker and a little sadder every day. Our biggest environmental issues – things like climate change, extinction, toxic contamination, and accumulating plastic pollution – are only getting worse year over year. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and it’s hard to know what to do all this. Being a “decent person with decent tech” is all about using the power of decentralized technology (the kind that is not controlled by a central authority like a government or corporation) and virtual activism (creating and sharing environmentally and socially informative content) to solve our communities’ local environmental problems for ourselves. Decent people with decent tech can save the planet – all we have to do is “Be Decent”!
Why environmental activism? How does this tie into your personal beliefs, passions, and background?
I have loved plants, animals, and the outdoors my entire life – this is something that exists at the core of my being, and it will never change. Environmental activism is something that I do to protect the things on this Earth that I care deeply about and that help make me who I am. After receiving my law degree, I continued to study environmental law and energy policy to carve out a subject matter expertise in workable environmental solutions. This professional niche and personal passion has come together into a green tech advocacy platform: Be Decent.
What is the main message of the book?
Be Decent is about how decentralized technology (aka “decent tech”) has given each of us the power to solve our communities’ environmental problems for ourselves – even when our political and business leaders do nothing to help us. It’s not just full of the information people need to know how they can make a positive environmental impact for themselves, it’s a message of empowerment and a call to action. Decent people can harness the power of green tech and virtual activism to save the planet – all we have to do is Be Decent with decent tech!
Do you have a favorite chapter or topic?
Because I encourage a solution-oriented approach to environmental activism, I have two favorite sections of Be Decent: Environmental Activism 2.0 – the first is Part 2: “Being Decent” and the second is Part 3: “Decent Tech.” “Being Decent” is all about how grassroots activism is the lifeblood of American social and political progress, and how much of an impact virtual activism has had on shaping our modern world. Shifting from a historical perspective to a look into the future of decentralized technology, the next Part, “Decent Tech,” explains how digital devices and technologies are facilitating even more effective activism and helping us build a more sustainable future.
When does the book come out, and where can people get a copy?
Be Decent: Environmental Activism 2.0 is available now on Amazon and the Kindle Store. Copies will be coming to local bookstores in Colorado and across the Western U.S. this summer, and the audiobook will be released this fall. Visit http://bedecentbook.com/ and join our mailing list to keep up to date with new releases and announcements.
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
Join the Be Decent platform! Our impact is only as large as our community, so let’s band together to make a global impact. Join our mailing list on our website, http://bedecentbook.com/, and check us out on Instagram and Facebook @bedecentbook. Send us a message or comment on a post – the decent folks at Be Decent are all about engaging with our community for positive change.