Grantmakers for Efective Organizations, a community of forward-looking funders, has released a new guide to systems grantmaking that includes a variety of useful resources. We're all about systems at Foresight, and think this guide is a valuable tool for those in the philanthropic community and beyond.
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Last week, a partnership of organizations released Data USA, a highly accessible treasure trove of information about cities and places across the country. Not only is it a fun (and potentially distracting) tool for geeks like me, but it also has the potential to increase our understanding of the factors that shape our social environments.
Yesterday, the Clean Energy Trust released its Clean Jobs Midwest report, which provides regional data on employment across five clean energy sectors. While they are clearly still emerging in comparison to other job sectors, it is encouraging to see continued growth, especially with Illinois leading the way.
The recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia has placed the Supreme Court in the spotlight, as well as its suspension of the Clean Power Plan. For fellow non-lawyers who are curious how this turn of events will affect the plan, I'd recommend this blog post from Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
A new report from the Brookings Institution ranks the economic growth of the country's largest urban areas based on holistic metrics, including individual prosperity and inclusivity across class and racial lines. Cities are by nature systemic, and hopefully the evaluation and exposure of these aspects will lead to a more expansive definition of successful urban growth.
What are the prerequisites for effective collaboration? Because cross-sectoral collaboration is vital in the face of increasingly complex urban challenges, this question is always on our mind. While we have our own growing list of ideas, we are delighted to see others addressing it. A new report published by the National Resource Network explores necessary steps for catalyzing collaboration between local governments, place-based institutions, and philanthropy in improving the urban condition.
As changes to the electric grid alter the relationship between utilities and consumers, a new report outlines the possibility of a more radical shift towards energy democracy. While transitioning to renewable generation is valuable in and of itself, I think it is imperative to leverage this opportunity into positive economic and social impacts as well.
Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar is among the authors of a new book that illustrates the importance of social intelligence in effective responses to disasters, including climate-related ones. In my work on sustainability-related projects, I've seen firsthand that relationships between individuals and institutions, while often difficult to strengthen and foster, are the most essential aspects of truly vibrant cities and regions.
Although many people and organizations tend to favor either short- or long-term decision-making, an upcoming report argues that both approaches are essential for dealing with new and volatile challenges. Examples like this remind me of the importance of mental flexibility, and that a single perspective alone is not enough to effectively solve complex problems.
Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming is the newest addition to my ever-growing reading list. One of the authors recently gave a talk at the University of Chicago, presenting the finding that Americans' views on climate change are shaped primarily by local and personal impacts.
According to the IPCC's latest report, climate change is even worse than we thought. On the heels of a massive climate march and unprecedented campaign spending by environmental groups, will the needle finally begin to move? If polling data is any indication, I'm not sure that the imperative for action has entered the mainstream. In the face of a challenge this daunting, we need to come together, not just as a movement, but as a species.
Forum for the Future offers the best description of system innovation that I have read recently. In their new report, Creating the big shift: system innovation for sustainability, they outline the steps necessary for identifying strategic interventions to shift a system, be it an industry, city, sector, or economy, onto a more sustainable path. More at #theBIGshift.