“WHY? Goes to China: Environmentalism Without Protest” with Lynn King and Irving Steel


RECORDED: MAY 16, 2012.

In May, 2012, WHY? was invited to China to take a look around, interview who we could find, and take a fresh look at a country that seems to be blamed for all of America’s problems. The result: a half-dozen shows with guests ranging from Chinese college students to four African musicians trying to make it big in Shanghai. What is it like to be an expatriate living in China and do they have more freedom than Chinese nationals? What can we learn from the principal of an elite Chinese private high school? What is the state of environmentalism in the polluted country and how much hold does Confucius’s philosophy have over the country and its politicians? All these questions and more will be answered when WHY? goes to China!

In the United States, when we think of environmentalism we thing of Greenpeace, demonstrations, and boycotts. But what would environmentalism look like without protests? How can people be inspired to change their ways without petitions and social pressure, and how do you clean up a massive, industrial, over-polluted nation where food safety is a neglected concern? Join WHY? as we continue our exploration of modern China with guests Lynn King and Irving Steel. This episode was recorded live before an audience at the American Culture Center at the University Shanghai for Science and Technology.

Lynn King is the Founder & Managing Director of SageVision: ReInventing Cities and the Director of Moving Eco Forum: Best of Expo Eco-Innovations. A leadership and management trainer, consultant, and coach since 1989, Lynn is also a founding member of China’s first chapter of NetImpact, a global network organization of professionals and students interested in social responsibility. Lynn has a Certificate in Organization and Systems Development (OSD) from The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from The Fielding Institute, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University.

American Irving Steel LEED AP is the most promising young entrepreneur in Shanghai. He is Co-Founder and Development Director at innovative e8 Resources which is Driving Environmental Technologies For China. He is also the Founder & Membership Director at Green Drinks China as well as a Founding Member of the Green Building Professional Partnership – China (GBPP China). With thousands of followers, Irving has led the expansion in conferences, forums and partnerships with countless organizations. Having already been in China for close to 4 years, he clearly understands the needs of the market and has instigated relationships to create enormous positive impact. As a result of the network, Irving has developed a breadth of contacts to accelerate e8 in China and throughout Asia. Irving is fluent in English, French & Mandarin.

WHY?’s trip to China was supported in part by The American Culture Center – Shanghai at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, through a partnership between USST and the University of North Dakota, supported by the US Department of State.

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