Winners of the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize typically have several things in common. They look at the big challenges confronting society as opportunities for innovation. They don’t celebrate process: instead, they measure success or failure by outcomes. And they don’t reject conventional wisdom; they ignore it.

Above all, they share the need to try to make the world what it could and should be, rather than accept it as it is.

Dr. Margaret Lowman, a winner of the 2023 Prize, fits that bill. Her passion is the health of the global forests that are essential components of the natural systems that keep us all alive. That drives her science, her advocacy and her educational initiatives which circle the globe. For a world that has destroyed 50% of the forests that existed seventy years ago, her work is—literally—critical to any hope of coping with climate change.

Listen (and watch) this special episode of New Thinking for a New World. And then go out and climb a tree!

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Meg Lowman, US, is one of the world’s first arbornauts. CanopyMeg devoted over 4 decades to exploring forest canopies. Her research and exploration have taken her to 40+ countries, where she not only tirelessly saves forests but also mentors girls. She has published over 200 research publications. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Wired, Popular Science, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, (and many others); and her first book (of ten) received a cover feature in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Meg has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Explorers Medal from The Explorers Club, Garden Club of America’s Margaret Douglas Medal for conservation education, and Ecological Society’s Odum Award for Education. Her recent successes include partnering to build a canopy walkway in Malaysia which led to designation as UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve site, working with Coptic priests in Ethiopia to save their last remaining forests, and speaking to > 3 million kids each year about trees. The Arbornaut (2021, Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a memoir of her adventures, is a best-seller.

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