“How to Save the World”

Book Review

Who among you doesn’t want to Save the World? 

With so many of you working so hard doing your part, you’d think it would be saved by now! What’s stopping us? What are we missing? What are we doing wrong? What could we do better?

Katie Patrick shares her answers to these questions in her new book How to Save the World | How to make changing the world the greatest game we ever played.  

Right off the bat, she shares what she has learned is THE BIGGEST MISTAKE:  

“Most people who are trying to change the world think that educating people on issues leads to people making changes in their actions.”

She then breaks this down into 3 sub-mistakes: 
1) The Value-Action Gap,
2) Effort vs Results, and
3) Ideas First, data second.

Reading this section could make you feel like you’re walking the Save the World Hall of Shame (who hasn’t made these mistakes!), but she takes an empathetic approach. She walks with you, shows you why these are common mistakes, and then charts a new path for success. 

After grounding you in the basic ideas, she sets you off on your new adventure with a new framework to Save the World. She guides you through 10 steps, each of which contains a clear what, why, and — importantly — how, along with numerous valuable facts, references, a case study, and summary page.  

Patrick offers this book as a textbook; however, those not in school will benefit greatly by discovering the error of their ways — and how to chart a new path. 

If you’re curious, you can start by listening to her How to Save the World podcast. Not only is it an inspirational and enjoyable listen, her combination of technical expertise and positive outlook is compelling. 


If you want a deeper learning experience, set up a time to chat with me about our fully online MA in Sustainable Design program. Katie and I would love to empower and equip you to Save the World!

[image courtesy of Katie Patrick]

Denise DeLuca / Director

Denise DeLuca is director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program and co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry Creative for Innovation, a network of creative professional change agents driving ecological thinking for radical transformation. Denise is author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation, which was illustrated by MASD alum Stephanie Koehler.  She also teaches with the Amani Institute. Denise’s previous roles include Education Director for the International Living Future Institute, a consultant for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, and Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute.  Denise is a licensed civil engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on modeling landscape-scale surface and ground water interactions. Denise is based in Montana.

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