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Favourite resources to fuel the climate journey

My path to the most reliable sources and thus the necessary knowledge on the climate emergency led me down various rabbit holes. As always it really depends on where you start looking that determines your journey through this space. The path to the best sources is achievable only through a great deal of trial and error. But mind you there will always be more to read, listen to and watch, that it seems essential to digest and draw conclusions from before anything new simply cancels out the previous.


"The world we have created is a product of our thinking. If we want to change the world, we have to change our thinking”. –Albert Einstein

Even though I am still a while away from climate wisdom I want to kick off a list of helpful resources of what I found most helpful to this date. It is meant to help me transform information into knowledge, serve as documentation and as a helpful access point for anyone else who is interested.



Podcasts

My Climate Journey Podcast

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This one is close to my heart as one of the three hosts, Jason Jacobs, started MCJ as he was „longing to work on something more purposeful at the same time that he suspected his purpose had been staring him in the face the whole time.“ Pretty much exactly how I feel today.


Self-described as „a growing body of knowledge about climate change and potential solutions“, it also is super interesting due to its variety of guests ranging from „founders, funders, policy wonks, grassroots activists, etc, but also climate deniers, coal lobbyists, oil & gas execs“. Have a listen!


SUX – The Sustainable UX Podcast

Another gem, this industry podcast and community (for experience and product people) is coming from Thorsten Jonas, Bavo and team. Self-described is "SUX a non-profit community of more than 1.500 participants worldwide to discuss, develop and share ideas how to drive and facilitate sustainability in and through the work as UX designers". To get active in the SUX community become a member on Slack. Here you meet likeminded product people, tune in on discussions, find resources, articles, events and sustainability related jobs.


Planetary Podcast

Here is a podcast by Hamburg responsible business magazine brandeins and green investors Planet A where the hosts discuss economy within planetary boundaries with founders, people and businesses that help achieve this goal. Hot topics are focussed around plastics, fuels and energy, biodiversity and the construction industry. Mainly in German.


Books

*Adding links to books is tricky. Ideally books are purchased second hand (or even borrowed of friends), but second-hand bookshops cannot, of course, predict exactly what they will have in stock. So for now links to regular shops will have to do.


We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

"We Are the Weather" by Jonathan Safran Foer really pushed me over the edge. I found the book to be an excellent resource for understanding the role of our diets in the fight against climate change. Foer provides compelling evidence and engaging storytelling to show that going meatless or vegan is the single biggest lever each one of us has to fight the climate emergency today. According to him, we have converted our planet into a meat-producing farm, and the outcomes have been devastating. His message of personal responsibility is both empowering and urgent, reminding us that we all have a part to play in creating a sustainable future.


Radical Product Thinking: The New Mindset for Innovating Smarter

So the official tagline to this book reads "Iteration rules product development, but it isn't enough to produce dramatic results. This book champions Radical Product Thinking or RPT, a systematic methodology for building visionary, game-changing products.


What makes the book worthy of a place in this list is Radhika Dutt's intention to use RPT to create a world you want to live in. About how to envision the change you want to bring about and how to achieve it. In the book, she clearly explains how to define a vision-driven solution compared to working iteration-led (with a MadLib style format for a vision statement) and how to make it a reality despite stumbling blocks in day-to-day business. A book for changemakers who want to be more intentional and strategic in their "how to be a change for good"-efforts.


Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good

Lean Impact takes methods from Eric Ries' Lean Startup for social good. A good resource for you if you wonder how to have more impact with less risk in digital innovation. Ann Mei Chang's book focuses on practical action. Think big but start small (thus reduce wasted time and money) and relentlessly seek impact. Of course as always with Lean, it is important to know your customers, understand them in detail and try and validate assumptions. Experimentation and iteration is key to learning for social entrepreneurs.


Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Nudge by Richard H. Thaler is a book that deals with behavioural economics and decision making. Thaler, a renowned behavioural economist, examines how people make decisions and how they can be influenced by so-called "nudges" to make better decisions.


The term "nudge" refers to subtle nudges or pushes that steer people in a certain direction without limiting their freedom of choice. Thaler and his co-author Cass Sunstein argue that governments, organisations and institutions should be "soft paternalists" who use nudges to positively influence people's behaviour. Which could be a solution for society to become more planet centric by design.


...and even more books

14 Books To Help You Learn About Climate Change

Introduction to Degrowth Thinking-Podcasts


Videos

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Project Drawdown 101

Essential video series, packed with the most recent essential scientific knowledge and intriguing perspectives from worldwide authorities in climate policy, research, investment, and more, will transform your understanding towards a more optimistic climate future.


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