Inspired by Jim Nielsen, here’s a shortlist of things I’ve found, read, listened to, or watched over the last month that I think are worth sharing.
A technophile takes a technical approach to a wicked problem… which is refreshingly practical.
A lot of other folks’ criticism seems to be about Gates’ billionaire persona. That criticism is naïve about the challenge ahead and addressed several times by Gates throughout the book. He distills the situation into tangible goals and plans, mainly around getting to net zero by making ‘Green Premiums’ on zero carbon alternatives small enough to be competitive on price to their polluting equivalents.
The most intangible parts are the not-yet-achieved innovations we need to make, say, zero-carbon cement a reality and with a low enough Green Premium for governments and industry to switch to. Yet all of these technological challenges are addressed, explained simply, and primed for action.
A little book that does well to break down a big issue. Food waste is divided into two overarching categories: production and consumption waste, which are further divided into six subcategories (e.g. farmed waste, restaurant waste, consumer waste).
This book balances density with accessibility. Chapters necessarily touch on macroeconomics and chemistry but I never felt too out of depth. The constant mention of commercial and government applications was helpful. My only gripe is that some of these (restaurant, scheme, startup) examples are already out of date since the book’s publication only two years ago.
My favourite piece of advice is doing the Venn diagram exercise, where you’re prompted to find the intersection of the following:
- What are you good at?
- What is the work that needs doing?
- What brings you joy?
That intersection is where you should put your climate action effort.
One of the few suggestions that became part of my writing practice soon after reading.
As mentioned further down in Derek’s blog post, Markdown (in most configurations) cleans up line breaks automatically. That means you can publish straight from this writing method without needing to do any cleanup.
One of those “holy shit I can’t believe this is CGI” experiences made all the more real (and unsettling) with David Attenborough’s narration.
High-fidelity prototyping within Figma done by wrapping the open source Framer Library in a paid plugin. I say that with only a little snark: it bridges the gap between high-range and high-fidelity in a way that is much neater than previously possible.