DEEPTI’S RESEARCH DISPATCH
My Sustainability Reading Project Refined My Research Process
From January to March 2022, I set myself a sustainability reading project, to read and blog about all the foundational climate change texts that I thought I’d need to fluently understand the latest news in the field, and to identify opportunities to get involved.
As of mid April, I can say that my reading project is finally done! Or at least, the ‘reading’ part of the reading project. The associated blog posts will continue to come out as I finish them.
Here is the list of materials I planned to read:
- 2021 UN Emissions Gap Report
- Taking Stock 2021 by Rhodium
- HBR article — What Supply Chain Transparency Really Means
- Initiatives that came out of COP26
- US 2021 Aviation Climate Action Plan.
- 2015 Paris Agreement (reread) - Skipped
- Green New Deal (reread) -Skipped
So how did I do? Well, I managed to read all the materials I’d set for myself, except the two I wanted to reread. When I was running short on time, I decided it was better to forge ahead than retread old ground.
Shockingly, I also finished up my project approximately on time. Unheard of.
I ended up cramming a lot of them toward the end, and that was fun in its own way.
I’ve got a bit of a process going:
- first I skim everything,
- then I load the reports onto my tablet.
- I read a report and mark it with a stylus while dictating a voice memo with my real-time reactions,
- transcribe the reactions using a transcription program,
- paste a bunch of quotes from the report into my notes,
- and then write the post about it.
Which sounds complicated, now that I’ve written it down. But it isn’t, really, it just lets me do a lot of different modes of learning — visual, auditory, etc., at once.