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From the creation of the Boston Common in 1634 to the emergence of cross-boundary, large-landscape conservation initiatives in the 21st century, innovators have risen to address seemingly intractable land, water and biodiversity conservation challenges. It will require our best talent, technology, financial tools and social innovation techniques to tackle today’s global conservation challenges. This talk from TEDxBeaconStreet connects examples from successful conservation initiatives to emerging paradigms for public, private and global cooperation that point the way for enduring conservation.

Jim Levitt is the director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University and a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.


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Jim Levitt

Jim Levitt

Jim Levitt is Manager of Land Conservation Programs in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and is Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at The Harvard Forest, Harvard University. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Highstead Foundation, and as a Research Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Levitt is a co-founder of the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN), a group focused on advancing civic private and civic (non-profit/NGO) land conservation around the world.He is the editor of four books on conservation policy and practice: Conservation in the Internet Age: Threats and Opportunities (Island Press, 2002), From Walden to Wall Street: Frontiers of Conservation Finance (Island Press and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2005), Conservation Capital in the Americas: Exemplary Conservation Finance Initiatives (Lincoln Institute, in collaboration with the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and Island Press, 2010), and Conservation Catalysts: The Academy as Nature’s Agent (Lincoln Institute, 2014).

A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Management, Levitt has more than three decades of experience as a consultant and advisor to large public, private and non-profit organizations. In 2008 he was named by the Yale School of Management as a Donaldson Fellow, an honor given to alumni for career achievements that “exemplify the mission of the School.”​ He was also awarded the medallion of Chile’s Chamber of Deputies in recognition of his work to advance land conservation in that nation. Jim Levitt, his wife Jane, and their three children love to spend time on the shores of Little Tunk Pond in Sullivan, Maine, and in the surrounding conserved forest land.