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Speed & Scale

In John Doerr's 2021 book Speed & Scale: An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis he "presents a compelling 10-step plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 – the global goal we need to reach to ensure a livable Earth for generations to come."

In an Amazon review of the book, Mark P. McDonald says "Doerr organizes Speed and Scale into 10 chapters outlining 55 statements of Objectives and Key Results (OKR’s). Using this approach Doerr treats the climate crisis as a management problem rather than the existential crisis it is. Breaking down the big problem into smaller chunks makes sense, however it does not drive action as individual companies, leaders and human beings can say 'I am taking care of this part' without addressing the root causes."

The new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will launch in September 2022. "It will be a home to traditional academic departments related to topics such as planetary science, energy technology and food-and-water security. It will also feature several inter-disciplinary institutes and a center focused on developing practical policy and technology solutions to the climate crisis.” the school aims to provide context and analysis around climate change issues, but would stop short of advocacy."

“Climate and sustainability is going to be the new computer science,” ~ John Doerr

The new Stanford School of sustainability is a signal of hope, but a May 4, 2022 article in the New York Times Stanford Gets $1.1 Billion for New Climate School From John Doerr David Callahan, author of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age points out that “billion dollars could be better spent trying to move this up on the scale of public opinion. Until the public sees this as a top tier issue, politicians are not going to act.”


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