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David Johns

City: Portland

Country: United States

Impact Narrative

David is and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Portland State University and also serves on the board of the Society for Conservation Biology. He has identified 9 high-value targets he feels should receive a copy of OVER. David will start a conversation with each of the recipients, explaining the book, why it’s being sent to them, and asking them to go on record as saying something either about population or that the book is useful in raising awareness. He will use the Share Postcard feature on to send reminders for feedback to the recipients.  A description of each of his recipients are listed below:

  • A PhD biologist at the Pacific NW College of Art who works in the design program of this college, which emphasizes the interface of conservation and design. He trains dozens of students. This book will be made available to students during the course of their studies in design and conservation.
  • The director of conservation and education for the American Museum of Natural History.
  • The director of science and education for the Field Museum of Natural History.
  • The Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) at Portland State University.
  • A former mayor of Portland, Oregon. David hopes that by sending the target a copy of OVER, his attention will be roused and it might be enough to encourage him to broach this issue in his current endeavors.
  • A former member of the Australian national parliament and Minister of Environment and former member of the New South Wales state parliament and also holder of several ministerial portfolios.
  • George Monbiot: a very influential reporter on conservation issues with a global audience. David thinks this book could encourage George to discuss population and consumption more directly in his work and also inform how he approaches the issue — hopefully less based on “humanism”, but instead more biocentric.
  • A professional communications entrepreneur with direct relationships with dozens of important NGOs and other clients engaged in conservation and with other issues, creating strategic plans, communications plans and providing other program assistance and influence.
  • A small communications firm which works with non-profits with an emphasis on conservation and environment. David thinks they are in a position to exert influence on their clients to take greater account of the context in which they work and to address population growth, rather than simply accept it as a foregone conclusion.

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