Hey 👋 I'm Nick

I like to read about, write about, and do things that make the world a better place.
Climate. Mental & physical health. Social justice.

I also spend my time adventuring with friends.


Issues I'm interested in solving

I believe that people, projects, and policy will solve some of the large problems the world is currently facing. Climate. Mental health. Social justice. They're all related, and they need solving asap.

I use my marketing, storytelling, and community-building experience to help people grow projects that aim to address these issues.

How I spend my time

I live in Burlington, Vermont. I spend my free time playing in nature. I gave a TEDx talk on how to become more adventurous—without feeling like you need to jet across the world.

Some activities I enjoy:

Biking: Mostly mountain biking, but road is great, too. Favorite trail: the 401 in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Hiking: Hiking is my favorite form of mindfulness, and it keeps me healthy and happy. Simple hikes with good friends are best. But I've also trekked Kilimanjaro and climbed Mt. Baker.
Snowboarding: I prefer backcountry splitboarding over resort riding. Earn your turns :)
Traveling: I appreciate the occasional and responsible trip. In my opinion, there's no better way to gain perspective. I try to tread lightly and leave places better than I found 'em.

But mostly I like walking with my dog, moving around outside, and reveling around campfires with close friends.

Universal Dialect

I also run Universal Dialect, a social mission project. We organize adventure trips. We're invited into communities to gift soccer balls and play pickup with locals in developing nations—Costa Rica, Tanzania, Guatemala, and Peru are a few of our most recent trips. We also sell branded activewear in the US. For every 2 items sold, we give a soccer ball to kids who can't afford to play the game.

My cofounder and I played soccer in college, and this is how we stay connected to the beautiful game—we still play as much as we can!

Universal Dialect Guatemala


Yes: Black coffee, Green New Deal, dogs, guitar, plants, stories around a bonfire (sometimes with a beer), psychedelic science, spontaneous pickup soccer, nutrition, journaling. Favorite podcast: Rich Roll. Favorite book: The Overstory. Favorite band: Mt. Joy.

No: American sports, Netflix (mostly), being indoors for too long, email inbox, single-use plastic, Joe Manchin.

Let's connect!

Whether you're simply reaching out to connect or a founder looking for growth help, shoot me an email at ncostelloe11@gmail dot com. If you share similar interests (or not!), I'd love to meet you. I'm also on Twitter, but I don't regularly tweet. Cheers and happy trails.