George Dy, Jr.

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Last year, I committed to reading more books and attending more webinars to learn about the causes of climate change and the solutions for our crisis. Although I personally have a natural desire to jump straight into the solutions and learn from the people and companies that are making an impact, I realized that I knew very little about the science underlying the climate crisis.

Going through the Climate Reality Project Leadership training in April helped me with some perspective. The 4-part seminar series not only walked me through a crash course on the science of climate change, but it…


This year, under the weight of the pandemic (amongst other traumatic events), I’ve spent an increasing amount of time working on my mental fitness. With a widening spotlight on rising stars like Naomi Osaka who has quickly become the face of mental health, corporations that have begun to support mental health benefits, and an overall attention to mental stamina from friends and family, I know I’m not alone in saying that mental health has earned a place in everyday life just like going to the gym.

Although it’s clear that mental health has played a critical role in human existence…


If I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with you throughout the years, you probably know about my fixation with Reddit. My history reading Reddit and origins in Digg-ing are boring and uninteresting, but the quality of content and information I’ve extracted from Reddit are nothing but the opposite.

On a different note, if you’ve read anything I’ve published over the last year, you know I’ve become equally fixated on urban design, urban planning, urban upgrade, and anything that touches the intersection of cities and technology.

This deep interest has lead me down many outlets outside of writing, including…


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I’ve always liked the iceberg analogy.

Simply stated, an iceberg is more than what you see above the water’s surface. In fact, the majority of an iceberg’s mass is underwater and the rest is left to the imagination.

Over the last few months, I’ve been taking interviews and talking to close friends about where I’ve been spending my time and where I’d like to spend more of my time. During the Covid-19 lockdown (which honestly has not ceased in our household), I’ve put a concerted effort into self-education and introspection. I’ve read more books in the last year than I…


I started this post while visiting Atlanta several weeks ago, but benched it after we returned from our trip. After spending a week in humid, Elsa-stormy Atlanta weather, I was eager to return home to cooler weather. Unfortunately, we were greeted with our second heatwave in 30 days. While it was nothing close to the heatwave that passed through the PNW last month, it got me thinking about the impact of increased average temperatures in cities, urban heat islands, and the impact of decades-old urban design across socioeconomic lines. …


It’s been a scattered last few months for my writing. Just look at my backlog of writing prompts and you’ll find that in between the completed posts, there are about 10–15 starters that are sitting in draft, collecting digital dust.

As much as consistency is important to building an audience and creating dialogue on new content, it’s also hard to continue to stay motivated on topics that are so current and utterly gloomy.

This is something that I’ve learned from my time in the Climate Reality Project leadership corps. In the 4-part series hosted by Al Gore and his associates…


A Thousand Yards Pavilion by Precht

Sometime between late 2018 to early 2019, when I began collecting resources and digesting information about small-scale modular construction for emergency shelters in Oakland, I stumbled upon the Urban Villages Project. Before I dive in, I’ll give you an intro.

If you’ve spent any time with me on a road trip or any long car ride, you’ve likely heard about my modular town idea — a simple experiment where residents are given identical parcels of land and are able to build their homes from scratch like shopping for furniture or customizing a car. …


Earlier this year, I wrote a post called “Why a Three-Pronged Approach Will Create Resilient Cities.” The post was an exploration into the many theories around the City of the Future, an amorphous concept that takes different forms depending on the speaker. I delved into several iterations on the concept, pulling inspiration from world-renowned organizations and corporations like Space10, IKEAs urban think tank, Sidewalk Labs, Google’s dominant foray into urban design and master planning, and Gehl, an immense force in the world of urban planning.

While I’m only a few steps closer to understanding what elements make a thriving city…


Fair Weather is a new corner cafe just south of Ladd’s Addition on SE Clinton in Portland

We’re back in Oakland and enjoying the reprieve from long-distance driving. The transition back into the workweek has been surprisingly gentle and we’re thankful for that. Needless to say, I always have a mixture of feelings when we get back home from an extended trip away. On one hand, sleeping in your own bed and re-engaging old routines feels incredibly comforting, but on the other, you miss the daily thrill of exploring new places, finding new restaurants, and seeing people you haven’t visited in a long time.

We’ve already fallen into our routine again — our morning walks on in…


Hello from rainy Portland!

Over the last few days, my wife and I have been bouncing back and forth between several places in the Pacific Northwest. We left Seattle for Portland on Saturday last week, stayed with family for the night, and left again for a brief stay on the Pacific coast. We’re back today in Portland and settling in for a few days.

If you know us, our road trip to the PNW has become a bi-annual tradition. …

George Dy, Jr.

I’m an entrepreneur, product manager, and designer living in Oakland, California. I’ve spent the last 10 years bringing digital and physical products to market.

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