Journalist, Climate Expert, Author

Bina writes about: Environment, Society

Bina Venkataraman is the Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe and a fellow at New America. She also teaches in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s department of science, technology, and society. Her first book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, is a roadmap for how we can plan better for the future in our lives, businesses, and society.

Previously, Venkataraman served as Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT and as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House, where she forged partnerships among communities, companies, and government to prepare for climate disasters. She is a former science writer for The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

What we need is a kind of engaged optimism where we see the possibility of social and political change, even amid despair, and then act to make it happen.


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