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Number one best-selling author and acclaimed venture capitalist John Doerr reveals a sweeping action plan to conquer humanity’s greatest challenge: climate change.

In 2006, John Doerr was moved by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and a challenge from his teenage daughter: “Dad, your generation created this problem. You better fix it.” Since then, Doerr has searched for solutions to this existential problem - as an investor, an advocate, and a philanthropist. 

Fifteen years later, despite breakthroughs in batteries, electric vehicles, plant-based proteins, and solar and wind power, global warming continues to get worse. Its impact is all around us: droughts, floods, wildfires, the melting of the polar ice caps. Our world is squarely in a climate crisis and on the brink of a climate disaster. 

Yet despite our state of emergency, climate change has yet to be tackled with the urgency and ambition it demands. More than ever, we need a clear course of action. 

What if the goal-setting techniques that powered the rise of today's most innovative organizations were brought to bear on humanity's greatest challenge? Fueled by a powerful tool called Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), Speed & Scale offers an unprecedented global plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions before it’s too late. Used by Google, Bono’s ONE foundation, and thousands of start-ups the world over, OKRs have scaled ideas into achievements that changed the world. With clear-eyed realism and an engineer’s precision, Doerr identifies the measurable OKRs we need to reduce emissions across the board and to arrive by 2050 at net zero - the point where we are no longer adding to the heat-trapping carbon in the atmosphere. 

By turns pragmatic and inspiring, Speed & Scale intersperses Doerr’s wide-ranging analysis with firsthand accounts from Jeff Bezos, Christiana Figueres, Al Gore, Mary Barra, Bill Gates, and other intrepid policy leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and activists. A launchpad for those who are ready to act now, this book is geared to leaders in every walk of life. With a definitive action plan, the latest science, and a rising climate movement on our side, we can still reach net zero before it is too late. But as Doerr reminds us, there is no more time to waste.

This audiobook includes a downloadble PDF of images and charts from the book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 John Doerr (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Great life changing book

We must do more than what we are doing for our children and theirs.

Thank for this wonderful book.

Changed my life

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What a pivotal book for our times!

Speed & Scale has given me renewed hope that we may be able to overcome our climate crisis. It’s honest in regards to the problem and offers clear ways to overcome it without giving false hope. I loved the book. I never write reviews either.

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Rigorously motivated, systematically actionable

This book surpasses Bill Gates' recent book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, in terms of systematically exploring current and future technologies and projects that have either already earned our attention and support - mainly in competitive markets - or are likely to prove worthy of it in the near future. And it does this while keeping a running tally of how many tons of greenhouse gases would be or are being removed by each project or industrial category as they de-carbonize.

It puts the challenge of de-carbonizing, adequately and rapidly enough to avoid the critical 1.5° C temperature rise, into very clear context, and pretty much argues that it will be a miracle to achieve - but necessary and doable.

Some of the narrators are boring as hell to listen to, and also somewhat uninspiring in terms of their contributions to the book, but that's to be expected of a book that brings together the personal stories of so many people.

Overall a great one-stop shop for anyone seeking to learn of the quickest route to competitive green investment opportunities, as well as actions in daily life as a consumer that will make a difference.

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ME AND OUR FUTURE

I am one. I'm not wealthy, but I am inspired to research what I can do as average senior citizen to decrease the climate problem!

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Exceptional!!

An exceptional blueprint for sustained progress! Concrete, measurable, and small acts for big impacts!! Thank you Mr. Doerr for another exceptional book.

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A catapult for ending the climate emergency

This is a good audiobook and a very good listen. More than that, it offers a much needed framework and set of mechanisms for resisting the momentum of our growing environmental problems and gaining fast global traction for resolving them. I’ll be returning to this work many times in the coming years.

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Listening to this audio book without access to the PDF that should come with it is unacceptable. Tried it through the Android and Windows app, both not able to download!!!