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Scotland’s Ice Age, Designing for Serendipity, Carbon Cost, and Frictionless Philanthropy (Weekend Reads, 2/8/20)

Lately, it’s been extremely difficult to make time to blog about … well, anything. Between family, work, and grad school my schedule is beyond maximum capacity However, I still read a lot of material. I want to make a habit of sharing some of the better reads. So, here you go.

Weekend Reads is an eclectic collection of seven fascinating articles I’ve encountered during the previous week. These are posted here in a spirit of open dialogue, curiosity, and explorative conversation (Bollinger, 2019; Hatch, 2019) . Hope you find these as thought-provoking as I have. Thoughtful, well-reasoned, and respectful comments are always welcome.


INSIDE EMERSON COLLECTIVE’S VISION OF ‘FRICTIONLESS’ SUPPORT FOR GRANTEES
A fascinating look at how Laurene Powell Jobs leads a philanthropic venture with a unique structure and an innovative approach to grantmaking.
Devex, Catherine Cheney, 2/7/20
Also:
Emerson Collective


WHY CONGRESS’S ANTITRUST INVESTIGATION SHOULD MAKE BIG TECH NERVOUS
“The House probe puts pressure on the FTC and DOJ in their own investigations of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook.”
Vox Recode, Jason Del Rey, 2/6/20


AN UNSETTLING NEW THEORY: THERE IS NO SWING VOTER
“Rachel Bitecofer’s radical new theory predicted the midterms spot-on. So who’s going to win 2020?”
Politico, David Freedlander, 2/6/2020
Also:
Rachel “The Doc” Bitecofer, Twitter


THE BITTERSWEET BOUNTY OF GREENLAND’S FIRST SPRING
“Michael Paterniti travels to the forefront of climate change and gets a taste of the future of a planet in flux. As Greenland’s massive ice sheet melts at an alarming rate due to global warming, its citizens – and especially its chefs – are enjoying some unanticipated benefits.”
GQ, Michael Paterniti, 1/28/2020


MIB: SAFI BAHCALL, LOONSHOTS
Barry Ritholtz recently interviewed former White House Council on the Future of Technology member Safi Bahcall. It’s a wonderful historical exploration of how innovation is often the result of happenstance. I now refer to this as designing for serendipity. Link = podcast + transcript.
Bloomberg Radio, Barry Ritholtz, 1/19/20


A CLIMATE CHANGE LESSON FROM SCOTLAND’S LITTLE ICE AGE
“Countries will be more resilient if they stick together.”
Bloomberg Opinion, Tatiana Schlossberg, 2/2/20


WHY OIL GIANTS FIGURED OUT CARBON COSTS FIRST
“In 1991, an Exxon subsidiary calculated the need for a price of $75 per ton of carbon dioxide to stabilize Canada’s carbon emissions – a steep price much higher than even today’s consensus views.”
Bloomberg Green, Gernot Wagner, 1/22/20


Image: Edinburgh, Scotland. By: suetot, Pixabay

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