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Climate change and the Development Gap

by |August 27th, 2018

Extreme events like droughts and floods are projected to become more common in a changing climate. As they do, their effects on agriculture, health and infrastructure will disproportionately impact those who already have limited socio-economic resources. For this reason, several organizations focused on international development have started to consider climate change projections in their projects and operations. Their goal is to avoid increasing the development gap.

Making Friends With Uncertainty

by |August 27th, 2018

Humans desire for certainty is rooted in the way our brains function. We are programmed to create patterns from our outside world, store them as memories and make predictions. It is the primary function of our neo-cortex.

From Marketing Empty Promises to Sharing Stories of Saving the World

by |August 26th, 2018

About three months into my post college marketing career I was driving home, crying, for the third time that week. My long commute gave me plenty of time to contemplate life and on my third crying session I finally came to the realization that this career path was not for me.

Reaching for the Stars

by |August 25th, 2018

My parents always told me I could be anything I wanted when I grow up. I believed them, but even then, the mere thought of working for an agency like NASA seemed as distant as the moon.

Living on the Edge in New York City

by |August 25th, 2018

When I started my internship, I hadn’t imagined I would be wading through thickets of chest-high grass and battling prickly plants and biting insects on my field trips to the Bronx. But while it’s been a little more “jungle” in the “urban jungle” than I was expecting, that’s been a pleasant surprise.

Two to Twelve Hour Days

by |August 21st, 2018

Movement and structure. I didn’t realize how important these two words were until they recently began to shift.

So Then Why?

by |August 17th, 2018

I try creating solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation because that’s what it means to be human. We try to solve problems that threaten our survival, regardless of whether we can ever actually solve them

Finally, A Way For Cities To Track and Meet Sustainability Benchmarks

by |August 15th, 2018

Imagine an app that tracks how an entire city performs, how much fuel it needs or how much waste it generates. This is the concept behind the LEED for Cities platform.

Making My Problems Your Problems, Too

by |August 7th, 2018

Gender inequalities are easy to dismiss because they are often highly complex, easily misunderstood or overlooked, and/or simply viewed solely as a “women’s problem.” Yet those women experts in gender issues have made great strides in identifying methods that can acknowledge gender differences while also enhancing project effectiveness.

Watering Down the Global Agenda

by |August 3rd, 2018

The world is made up of 195 countries, 7.6 billion people, and an endless number of problems. How does the United Nations address them in one agenda? Which problems deserve inclusion?