Aloha!

Rich Leon playing at The Beat Cup Cafe in Delray Beach, FL. (Click to view video clip on Instagram.)
Rich at The Beat Cup Cafe in Delray Beach, FL. (Click picture or here to view video clip on Instagram.)

As a writer, educator, musician, and strong supporter of locally-owned, community-centered, socially responsible businesses and organizations in South Florida; I write about important social/cultural/business trends, teach music, and play upbeat ‘islandy’ songs at cafés, bookstores, restaurants, clubhouses, baby & bridal showers, weddings, parties, events, meetups, celebrations, green markets, and special events.

Every chance I get, I play music that informs, inspires, and entertains:

Surely there would be far less taste for wars if more of the world learned music, because music reveals our common humanity in its own mysterious way. As William James noted, “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”

And even though we may lay claim to being brutally honest and rational in observing that we are born, live, and die alone in this world, music hints at the possibility that just maybe we’re not as isolated—or separate from each other—as we may believe.

“Listen carefully to the music,” Chief Luana says, “it will tell you so.”

from Connected In The Deep in my online book Lua’s Song.


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Rich and friends serve up some islandy grooves for ‘Surfers for Autism’ Event in Deerfield Beach, FL. Photo by Dennis Drucker.

My Bio (in a Nutshell)
I earned degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanics (Georgia Tech) and in Sociology (University of Florida) and was employed for a stretch as a power systems engineer (FP&L and GE) and later paid the bills as a freelance Internet software developer and instructor, technical writer, and marine electrician.

These days, I devour books and articles on energy and environmental issues, sustainable development, ecological economics, and individual and organizational effectiveness and transformation. Why?  Because this really worries me:

Economics for an ’empty world’ (few humans but abundant natural resource ‘stocks’ and cheap fossil-carbon energy sources) simply won’t work in a ‘full world’ (with BILLIONS of human ‘consumers’ and MASSIVE labor and capital stocks) where natural resource stocks are now the limiting (and rapidly depleting!) factor.

Here is a great crash course (80 minutes) from a respected authority on the subject of our current civilizational energy-economy-environment predicament: