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MIT Climate CoLab

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Presented By MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Goal Harness the power of collective intelligence to address climate
Task Author proposals, provide feedback, support, vote, join
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

In the Climate CoLab, you can work with people from all over the world to create proposals for what to do about climate change.

Inspired by systems like open source software and Wikipedia, MIT’s Climate CoLab relies on crowdsourcing to generate, and gain support for, creative new ideas to address global climate change.

Inspired by systems like Wikipedia and Linux, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence has developed this crowdsourcing platform where people work with experts and each other to create, analyze, and select detailed proposals for what to do about climate change. Activity in the CoLab is organized through a series of on-line contests, on a broad set of subproblems at the heart of the climate change challenge. Topics include increasing the efficiency of energy use, decarbonizing energy supplies, changing social attitudes and behavior, adapting to climate change, and geoengineering, land use change, transportation, and many more.

The public is invited to participate by submitting, commenting, collaborating, supporting, and/or voting for proposals. Experts review the proposals and after a judging and public voting process, awardees are announced.

How to Join

Anyone in the world can contribute to the Climate CoLab — all you have to do is register at

If you see a proposal you like, you can support it. This will help guide other community members to the most interesting and promising proposals

After the judges select finalists, you can vote for the proposal you like best.

You can comment on any proposal. You can also contribute to the text — for some, you have to join the team first; others are open to anyone.

If you have a good idea, start your own proposal.

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Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
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Tags bottom up, citizen science, climate change, climate colab, climate & weather, collective intelligence, crowdsourcing, decision making, mit, opensourcing, policy making, weather
Project Updated 05/23/2018