How best to read “Drawdown”?

I’m loving the recently released book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming” – but friends have found it a bit overwhelming.

So now when I give it to them to look at, I guide them through it this way:

  1. I open it at the back, starting them with the section “What do the numbers tell us?”  with it’s Top 15 Solutions.
  2. Then I turn over the page and show them the section”Summary of Solutions by Overall Ranking” – which gives the full Top 100.
  3. Next I show them the Table of Contents, where the solutions are arranged by subjects, such as “Land Use” and “Energy”.
  4. Then I turn to Paul Hawken’s introduction “Origins” and point to the last paragraph on awakening “creativity, compassion and genius”.
  5. Then I hand the book over for them to browse (never to borrow)
  6. When I retrieve it, I show them the Drawdown website so they can order their own copy:

So if your copy has just arrived and you’re wondering how to start exploring 200+ pages of career and business opportunity, this might stop it ending up on your “read one day” pile.

Drawdown - how to read it

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Leigh is the principal of the business innovation practice Balance3 and her clients have included corporations such as Amcor, National Foods, Dair, SPC Ardmona, Kobelco, Corporate Express and New Balance as well as a range of smaller businesses and individual clients.