Louise Lief

Philanthropy Can't Solve the Toughest Problems Unless It Breaks Out of Silos

Science & the Media

05/03/2019

This essay was originally published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

The nonprofit I See Change began as a public-media project, helping farmers in western Colorado observe and record yearly changes on their land due to weather and climate by creating a communal digital Farmers’ Almanac.

Then it started doing science. It joined forces with local media organizations, university-based scientists, and community groups in Harlem to investigate summer indoor-heat indexes for residents without air conditioning. Their findings raised important public-health issues, suggesting local governments should change the way they do heat advisories and organize cooling centers.

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