Learning to adapt

The late global health pioneer Carl E. Taylor was the founding chair of the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, working on improving health care for people in more than 70 countries. His son, Daniel C. Taylor, A&S '67, was knighted for his conservation work in Nepal. His son, Jesse O. Taylor, has examined the language and literary traditions of ecological activism. And all their various expertise informs Empowerment on an Unstable Planet: From Seeds of Human Energy to a Scale of Global Change (Oxford University Press, 2012), a disarmingly potent alternative paradigm for community-based cultural development, one rooted in human social adaptability more than economic investment, and inspired by generations of fieldwork in India, Nepal, and Afghanistan.