Journalist, Climate Expert, Author

Bina writes about: Environment, Society

Bina Venkataraman is The Washington Post’s inaugural columnist of the future—a role in which she documents what’s possible in politics, culture, and society—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 Editor-at-Large for The Boston Globe, Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT, and 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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