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I read this book as part of a Common Read effort at my Unitarian Universalist congregation, sponsored our Social Justice committee
As the prior reviewer pointed out, the steps are not clearly identified. They do emphasize that we need to be " green citizens", getting into political action with state and local governments to upgrade building codes, change to electrical vehicle fleets, and lobby our representatives on environmental matters.

We will be discussing what activities we can undertake to further zero emission goals for the future. There is plenty to discuss.… (lisätietoja)
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ReluctantTechie | 1 muu arvostelu | Oct 3, 2023 |
When a book's subtitle mentions "seven steps," I want to know, right off, what these steps are.

After perusing the Introduction, the first and last chapters, the index, and other pages, I find lots of stories, some mentions of business, political, and government entities, but no mention of "steps." The book's webpage does mention seven "sectors," but not in terms of how I should act toward them. It says I should read the book.

Harvey and Gillis, leave me floating, looking for structure, reluctant to continue searching for what they want me to do. I'm sure their guidelines are there, buried in the text, but where?

I want to say I sincerely believe that, despite the few things we can do in our personal lives to work toward abating the Climate Crisis, that much more important is to act as citizens to put pressure on government and business to make them do the right things. I want Harvey and Gillis to guide me, in clear ways, what I can do.

This book has been recommended by people I admire and trust, but it is too murky for me.
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mykl-s | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 15, 2023 |
In this book Brest and Harvey provide a guide to large scale strategic giving. The book defines strategic philanthropy and discusses various approaches to strategic giving. It covers the gamut from setting goals to evaluating grant proposals to techniques beyond grant making.

The key point of this book is that strategic giving focuses on investing for impact and social return on investment with a strong focus on evaluation. Although the authors make clear that not all initiatives can be evaluated quantitatively and social impact can rarely be perfectly predicted, doing the best you can to define the expected impact and evaluate the result will help grant makers to spend their dollars more effectively.

As former a member of a grant committee, I found the most useful chapters to be those on goal setting and grant application evaluation. Other chapters were interesting but less relevant to me. Some chapters, such as the chapter on using advocacy to meet philanthropic goals, were not at all relevant to my grant making work. And, perhaps not surprisingly, if you are not doing large scale grant making, you will likely find the book uninteresting.

One concept discussed which has applicability beyond philanthropy is the idea of a sound theory of change. A strategy for change should be backed by a well supported theory of change. A theory of change connects what you are doing with what you want to accomplish. Without a well established theory of change, your actions are likely to be ineffective or even harmful.

Defining a theory of change also provides a departure point when examining failure: if a program did not have an intended effect, it could be because the program was not implemented properly or it could be because the theory of change which connected the two was faulty.

Since I learned about this concept, I have been trying to apply it in my evaluation of proposals for things like fixing the economy. Instead of evaluating the idea directly, I first try to assess what the theory of change behind it is. Although I have not had many chances to use this approach, it seems promising for increasing my understanding and encouraging more fruitful discussion.
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eri_kars | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 10, 2022 |
A hard read, but provides smart policy advice. Linked to a policy modeling website. Used by the Democratic Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to model its policy proposals.
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pheinrich | Jul 18, 2020 |

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