ESSAYS

The rest of my career will be about drawing connections. Analysis, the process of dissection, is only of limited value to my mission. Synthesis is my vocation. More than any other kind of thinking, systems strategy, specifically of course in reference to California ecology, is where I find the answers to the questions I am asking. How do the orienting, elemental forces of the natural world inform the shape and function of my local and global realities? They come by considering the wider implications of externalities and how the sum effect of its fitness outweighs the aggregated product of the constituent properties. The study of ecology is the study of economics. The only difference between the two is the object of currency and the subject of society. (obi)

The Living Forest Body

The Living Forest Body by Obi Kaufmann What is a Forest? A terrestrial forest is a living network process of ecological functions whose health revolves around cycles of succession, as dictated by the fire regime as negotiated by the woody plants present. A forest is also a discreet physiographic area, […]

My Favorite Books of the Year

My favorite books of the year By Obi Kaufmann 12/30/2017 I started this list (or is it an essay?) with some rules in mind, and now I think I am about to break them all. The nine books I’ve chosen are not even my favorite books that I’ve read this […]

Circular Reoccurrence in the Anthropocene

Circular Reoccurrence in the Anthropocene: Eight recent books authored by women that address the most important themes of our time by Obi Kaufmann The trust I afford the long-narrative form of the book to be a source of authority and information is reliably superior to any other media platform. It […]

R is for Resistance

Right now is a test of character for the American people. Remember that only 27% of the voting public voted for this man. The organizing of a resistance movement is a long and sustained event. America is not a horrible wasteland, Mr. President. You seem to not even like the country. […]

An Environmental Conservationist’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President

Portrait of Hillary Clinton by Obi Kaufmann An environmental conservationist’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, with an analysis of the new-Clinton administration’s conservation and environmental Promises and Policies by Obi Kaufmann As a wilderness advocate and an environmental conservationist from California, I support Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. […]