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Tracey Durning
Tracey Durning is a social change strategist and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of 49 prince street, which builds and supports organizations, projects and campaigns aimed at large-scale social impact. Under the 49 umbrella, she also works alongside a variety of philanthropists in their areas of interest.

In marine conservation, she is a Co-founder and board member of Oceans 5, an international funders' collaborative committed to protecting the five oceans of the planet.

In climate change, she is a Co-founder of the Aligned Intermediary, a new investment intermediary that will identify, screen, and assess high-potential companies and projects for commercial investment that could also produce impactful and profitable solutions to climate change, a Co-founder and board member of Energy Options Network, a nonprofit organization created to increase the portfolio of zero-carbon energy options available to accelerate large-scale global energy system de-carbonization, and a Co-founder of the Electrification Coalition, a bipartisan alliance of business leaders committed electric vehicles at mass scale.

In animal welfare, Tracey Co-founded and is the CEO of Target Zero, a nonprofit organization that mentors proven best practices to local leaders in cities nationwide to help them get to zero kill of all adoptable shelter animals.

As a former filmmaker (ie, Freedom Writers), journalist/producer (ABC News, CBS, CNN, MTV) and pr/social media campaign builder, she often integrates storytelling and technology into raising awareness, deepening dialogue and prompting action around complex issues.

She sits on the board of directors of Oceans 5, Energy Options Network and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund.

Entries by Tracey Durning

Is Vaclav Smil a Pessimist or Voice of Uncomfortable Truths?

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 10:24 AM

Last week a mantra (by some) stood out to me: that Vaclav Smil is a "pessimist" because of his recent article titled "Revolution? More like a Crawl". Admittedly, the title doesn't reek of optimism, but the article itself fully acknowledges the advances being made in today's energy landscape,...

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The Real Climate Game-Changer? Humility and Hauling Ass on a Plan B

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Ernest Hemingway wrote, "Never confuse movement with action." So while I applaud the 300,000 people who passionately hit the streets of Manhattan during climate week and am encouraged by the long list of commitments made by global thought leaders and organizations, I'll remain cautious. Why? Because ever since...

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Maybe the Best Holiday Gift You Can Give This Year Is You

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:17 PM


One of my best and wisest friends, Jennifer McCrea, put up a Facebook post yesterday morning that got me thinking about a favorite quote of mine: "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity." It's so true. And,...

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I Want to Move Through the World With Open-Minded, Collaborative, Let's Get Real *%@* Done Together Disruptors -- How About You?

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 2:33 PM

What turns me on in life more than anything else is finding kindred spirits. Professionally, kindreds are wide open, walls down, let's-break-new-ground-together and have some fun along the way kind of folks. They're curious, communicative, deeply rigorous and radically collaborative, excited by the process, leverage and ultimate melding of ideas,...

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You Want to Change the World? Start With You

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:47 PM

I tweeted this not too long ago:

@traceydurning Sometimes I wish I'd gone into the private sector. I'm sure there's outta control ego, but at least it's not veiled in 'doing good' #therapy

I work in social change (not Hollywood, not Wall Street, social change) and effective collaboration is much...

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Collaborating to Zero: Not Always a Cakewalk, but Critical to Success

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 1:39 PM


Henry Ford probably said it best: "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." Or maybe Edwin Land, the co-founder of Polaroid, did "Politeness is the poison of collaboration." I'll go with both and explain why.


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