Monday, January 08, 2007

The past as prologue for philanthropic planning

Looking Back:
Climate change is gonna get us. Again. Apparently it may have already done in the Tang Dynasty (China) and the Mayans (Central America) back in about 900 A.D.

Looking Ahead:
According to the the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, California will be flooded when my son is mid-career and bone-dry by the time he's ready to collect his non-existent social security check. (He is now six.)

So what for philanthropists? History matters. So does science. These are "in our lifetime" findings and predictions. Gee, maybe three year grant cycles don't make much sense after all.

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