Author Archive: Scott Stoll

Scott Stoll
My claim to fame is that I rode a bicycle around the world and wrote some books. More about me.
A close up of the artistic cover of the Hero With A Thousand Faces. Hundreds of real people, like a mosaic, paint the picture of a hero.

What is a hero?

Is it true that the only people who achieve great things are the ones who take risks and reach for the impossible. Is that what it means to be a hero?

Kenyan school children jump for joy when they got their Falling Uphill books.

Falling Uphill in Kenya

Inspiring dreams Finally, it took two months for my package of books to arrive in Kenya. I marked the package “educational material for children,” and

Lumenocity

Cincinnati’s Lumenocity is a classical music performance by the symphony, which uses lasers to illuminate the Music Hall building with animations.

The "How's it going" Dream Workshop station with facilitators and children.

The Dream Club

Our motto: Dream it! Map it! Play it! The aftermath of drawings. Pictured above are only one-third of the drawings. We’ve tested The Dream Playbook

How to travel the world on a budget

Money Tips & Tricks Note: This article is a work-in-progress. For more info about money and budgets, read Scott’s budget for traveling around the world

Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

This rain barrel took me about 2 hours to install and cost only $50 USD. The next day there was a huge rainstorm and it filled up in about 10 minutes.

Street retrofit optimized for humans

Retrofit street design optimized for humans not cars

Does anyone describe the philosophy of our roads in one word? Is it efficiency? Is it cost? It appears to me there is no guiding principal. So why not build stuff optimized for what it means to be human? Not only is this street redesign optimized for health and happiness, but it also 2–4 times as safe and energy efficient. These ideas have been rattling around in my head for years, and I’ve finally decided to give them life in this quick sketch.

Mars One. The next giant leap for mankind.

Scott Stoll Wants To Go To Mars And Never Come Back

Sometimes Scott Stoll dreams of that first day on Mars. He steps outside, the rusty red rocks kicking up a fine dust beneath his feet. He is in an extra-terrestrial bowl surrounded by an eroded rim that rises gently on the horizon, forming the lip of a vast crater.

Mars One. The next giant leap for mankind.

Mars One Failure to Launch

The good news is that I won’t have to eat worms and algae for the rest of my life; the bad news is that I failed to qualify for the next round of Mars One.

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