I have a two year old son. As we have been teaching him colors and following simple directions, the stop light is a concept we introduced early. On a recent camping trip we wanted to go for a walk so my wife introduced him to a variation of red light – green light to keep him interested and moving forward as we made our way down the trails. This was a much bigger hit than either of us could have ever anticipated. For the next few days he followed commands as we hiked, watched fireflies, or just sat watching the fire.
On our camping trip he was small enough to still be in a rear facing car seat. Even though he was not facing forward to see the lights ahead of us, he would still call out “Red light, Stop!” while utilizing the sign language for stop every time we did. Now that we have turned the seat around, he has taken to calling out what he sees as well as being very impatient when it turns green and we don’t immediately begin moving forward. No matter how far back in the line we are or if other vehicles have cleared the intersection, he is sure to tell us that the light has turned green. Occasionally I even find myself pulling off the brake a little as he shouts the command before patiently waiting for our turn.
In my last post I talked about the feeling like you have been left standing on the dock. Last week I received an email that it is time to switch our sustainability experiment to “Ditto All”. As I clicked the button I could hear Ryan’s voice in my head saying “Green light Go Go GO!”
Today the first trades were placed. I heard it again.
Feel free to review our experimental methods outlined in this post. Please let us know if you decide to follow along as our lead trader Anne-Marie Baiynd places trades on our quest for a sustainable future.*
Gene Hobbs is a technical diver and founding board member of the non-profit Rubicon Foundation. Hobbs has served as medical officer for the Woodville Karst Plain Project since 2004 and was named the 2010 Divers Alert Network/ Rolex Diver of the year. Hobbs is the medical simulation coordinator for a simulation and patient safety laboratory at a major university medical center.