362: Bina Venkataraman on Effectively Thinking Ahead


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Bina Venkataraman is an American journalist, author, and science policy expert. She is currently the Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe and a fellow at New America. Bina is a frequent public speaker whose appearances have included the TED mainstage, NPR, Aspen Ideas, MSNBC, CNN, and university campuses around the world. Bina formerly served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House and she also advised the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in responding to the Ebola epidemic, promoting patient access to cancer therapies, and reforming public school science education.

In this episode, Bina and Eric discuss her book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, and how we can live in the present in such a way that we also create the future that we’d like to inhabit.

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In This Interview, Bina Venkataraman and I Discuss Effectively Thinking Ahead and…

  • Her book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age
  • How to make decisions about the future
  • The untold story of the marshmallow test
  • How most people don’t look past 15 years in the future
  • Tools for more effectively imagining the future
  • Tools for more effectively planning for the future
  • Being present while also orienting for the future
  • When we’re more likely to make bad decisions
  • The role of implementing impulse buffers
  • When an “if/then” strategy can be most helpful to you
  • How our past informs our view of the future
  • Social movements that influence lasting change

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