Name: John Rogers
Hometown: Various places though most recently Yakima, WA.
Undergraduate degree: Geography, BA Central Washington University
Interests: “Lean-forward” films, books, and conversations. Really anything that provokes thought and good discussion. I particularly enjoy Coen Brothers films and books regarding cultural and environmental history and geography. Some favorite titles include Guns, Germs, and Steel (Diamond), The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Morris), and A Generous Orthodoxy (McLaren). I also enjoy playing most sports, the occasional meaty board game, and wrestling with my 3 year old son Jack.
MAMSSM combined my interests in sustainability with a business degree and all in one year. Woohoo!
A social issue you’re passionate about:
Everyday ecology. I like helping people think sustainable in all aspects of life but I have a particular passion for connecting people with their natural environment.
I’d love to work in a progressive CSR/CSV department or somewhere at the crossroads between business and the environment.
Favorite thing about Seattle:
I dig my neighborhood (The Junction, West Seattle). Lots of cool shops, eats, and very walkable.
So many good ones though I’ve always been fond of this excerpt from Teddy Roosevelt’s Citizenship in a Republic:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
-Teddy Roosevelt, Paris 04.23.1910