Solnit and Nesta: Evaluating intervention

“Activism is not a journey to the corner store; it is a plunge into the dark” — Rebecca Solnit, writing in the spring of 2003, after massive global demonstrations had failed to stop the war in Iraq. Last week at the annual PNCA Edelman Lecture, Solnit looked back from a ten-year vantage point on those [...]

Financing clean energy

How might a clean energy transition be financed? A couple of recent writings describe innovative approaches. The Capital Institute’s John Fullerton makes a “qualified” case for spending down charitable foundations. After all, he argues, if the risks of a changing climate are as immediate as many scientists fear, these impacts “will overwhelm the good efforts [...]

Curtis White: Philanthropy as risk management

The revolution will not be funded, goes the refrain. In “The Philanthropic Complex,” published in the spring 2012 issue of Jacobin, Curtis White takes a tour through the world of American environmental funding. For anyone who has read, say, Mark Dowie’s Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century and American Foundations: [...]