The film about my life and work, Grammar of Happiness, won the Young European Jury Award at the FIPA festival in Biarritz, France in the Spring of 2012. This is the most prestigious festival in the world for television documentaries! The film also won Best Human and Social Sciences program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival this year and was a finalist at the Pariscience Film Festival at the Paris Museum of Natural History in October 2012. It has been featured on the Smithsonian Channel and you can now watch the full documentary here.
I am also one of 8 people featured in Robert Greene’s new book Mastery, released November 13, 2012. Mastery, Greene’s fifth book, argues that humans are hardwired to succeed and overcome, and with discipline and a number of concrete steps, anybody has the potential to become great.
This site is primarily about my books on language, culture, and, in the next couple of years, about life and learning from others, as featured in my new project/book-in-progress, on the cultural and evolutionary challenges and needs for diversity. This book is based on ideas I first expressed in an interview on the BBC, since published on the BBC’s website as Living With Strangers.
In case you’re interested in seeing how I spent the last thirty years of my life professionally (the best things are not on here – high school graduations, children’s weddings, grandchildren (7!) being born, meeting new colleagues, getting remarried, and so on), here is a copy of my most recent