The unexpected can be your best friend

Sometimes, what actually happens is far better than what you had hoped for: like when the head of PR for the US Chamber of Commerce barges into the room to insult you, or the oil-conference organizer tries to shut down your demo of Exxon's future fuel.

And sometimes, of course, it seems worse—like when no one reacts to your proposal to auction off US democracy: but even then, things can turn out all right....

Instances in which we learned this lesson

Shortly after launching a battalion of Survivaballs to draw attention to the climate crisis in advance of the COP15 (that we had some fun at as well…
(For the 2020 postscript, visit our story of Doctors for Opening America.)
Off we went to Salzburg, Austria—to speak as reps of the WTO. What we'd encounter would change our lives forever.
The strange, meandering path that led to setting poor Reggie on fire as a step towards saving humanity.