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Alex Steffen
Alex Steffen

Alex Steffen


Seattle, WA USA

"Life's way too short to do things that you hate doing, there's really no reason not to just go for it."

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Alex's work combines: Environment & Nature, Writing, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Executive Editor

I'm a planetary futurist. I try to ask big questions on a variety of public stages and platforms.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Creative Writing

    Allegheny College

  • Bachelor's Degree

    History, General

    Allegheny College

  • Graduate Degree

    International/Globalization Studies

    University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Inspired by the old Irish saying, "Don't die with your music still in you."

  • 2.

    Grew up in California with "hippie" parents, vaguely aware of environmental issues.

  • 3.

    Moved to Japan with his girlfriend and started writing about environmental issues at an English-speaking magazine.

  • 4.

    Saw disastrous environmental crises firsthand in Asia; says his worldview was forever changed.

  • 5.

    Highly recommends that young people travel to different parts of the world, gain as many perspectives as possible.

  • 6.

    After moving back to the U.S., got tired of writing about problems instead of actively working to fix them.

  • 7.

    Took his own road trip to find the people and projects that had potential to change the world for the better.

  • 8.

    Started Worldchanging blog to showcase these innovations; eventually became the second-largest sustainability site on the Web.