John's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

JOHN PASSACANTANDO

Executive Director
Greenpeace

“You have to find some level of comfort with not knowing.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Individualism Goals Family Support & Encouragement Fulfillment

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

advantage, bad advice, comfort, confusion, dogma, economics, economy, expectations, false expectations, have fun, Instinct, not knowing, questioning, recession, somebody else's adgenda, wall street

BIOGRAPHY:

  • In college, he felt like everyone around him was studying accounting because they knew they could get a job in the field.
  • When people asked what he wanted to do with his life, he'd tell them he wanted to go, just so he could end the conversation.
  • Became fascinated with economics, fell into selling conservative economic research to Wall Street.
  • In the meantime, his friend was lending him radical environmentalist literature, which struck a chord with his outdoorsy spirit.
  • Says his "avocation and vocation came crashing together"; he felt he had to make a choice, chose environmentalism.
  • Joined a conservationist foundation, stayed on for three years before leaving to found his own organization, Ozone Action.
  • Greenpeace hired him as executive director and he folded Ozone Action's objectives into the Greenpeace mission statement.
  • Says his path-from conservative economics to radical conservatism-wasn't linear, but made sense to him because he explored all his interests.

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