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MIT Climate CoLab Invites Expert and Citizen Policy Collaboration on Green Economy and Climate

MIT Climate CoLabAre you confident that the world’s policy-makers and politicians have all the ideas they need to tackle climate change and sustainable development? Are effective international agreements just around the corner? If not, then you don’t have to stand by. Instead of waiting for policy advances, you can help by figuring out new ways forward at MIT’s Climate CoLab.

Inspired by systems like Wikipedia and Linux, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (Website: has developed an exciting open on-line forum, the Climate CoLab, for creating, discussing and advancing proposals on what to do about climate change and the green economy. By engaging a broad range of scientists, policy makers, business people, and concerned citizens, this forum will help develop – and gain support for – sustainable development proposals that are better than any that would have emerged otherwise. Individuals and Groups with an interest in climate, green economy and Rio+20 are invited to get involved.

The core of the project is an evolving collection of community-created proposals that are initiated by individuals and then developed collaboratively with other members of the Climate CoLab community. Proposals outline actions or policies to address climate change and the green economy (such as rapid renewables development or switching markets away from wasting resources). Computerized simulation models then project the environmental and economic outcomes of the proposed actions (such as sea level rise or mitigation costs). The system also invites members to participate in on-line debates that highlight key positions in the international conversation about sustainable development. Finally, users can select, through voting, the most promising proposals and most credible arguments. A group of world-renowned experts also participate by reviewing the system’s models and assessing citizen-created proposals.

In the fall of 2010, the site held a contest on the topic: What international climate agreements should the world community make? Winning proposals were selected based on review by expert judges and voting by the on-line community. In December 2010, the winning teams briefed the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team and the U.S. Congress.

The 2011 contest is inspired by the green economy, one of the key themes of next year’s Rio+20 Conference. It poses the question: How should the 21st century economy evolve bearing in mind the risks of climate change?

This year, MIT’s Climate CoLab invites everyone to help shape tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas for national and global progress with tackling both the climate and greening of the economy. Working alone – or in collaboration with people from all over the world – you can create exciting proposals for what to do about climate change and green economy. Your proposal can be entered in a contest and the most outstanding proposals will be publicized to the world and put under the noses of key policy-makers. Perhaps your work will lead to future global sustainable development agreements!

As of mid-2011, more than 15,000 people from all over the world have visited the Climate CoLab, and over 1800 have registered as members.

Deadline for Proposals is 30th September 2011.

For further details, visit the Climate CoLab at:

Check out the current global and national proposals at:

Contacts Details:

Please contact Project Manager Robert Laubacher OR Project Collaborator James Greyson

For Enquiries & Feedback:

Source: MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

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