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Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems

The Climate CoLab, an online project by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Collective Intelligence (MIT CCI), offers the unique chance for people anywhere on the planet, of any background, education and profession, at all hours of every day of the year, to work together in addressing climate change.

How does the CoLab work?

The CoLab is structured around a series of activities that invite the public to develop proposals on what should be done about climate change. This year, the CoLab is seeking proposals that answer the following question,

How should the 21st century economy evolve bearing in mind the risks of climate change?

Following assessment by a team of expert judges and rounds of public voting, at least two proposals will be selected as winners. Last year, the winning proposals were presented in briefings to the United Nations in New York and U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.

Why should I join?

Running from May 16, 2011 to September 30, 2011, this year’s contest reflects the theme of the upcoming Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
While world leaders and experts will attend this conference, anyone can become a member of the CoLab and submit a proposal, form a team to develop a proposal, or join a debate about the current proposals and related topics.

The CoLab is your sandbox and our members are equipped with the tools to model, debate, consult experts on and interact with policymakers about their proposals for a sustainable environment.
We need you for your insight, whether on tax incentives in a green economy, the value of green technology in developing countries or how your small town can make a big difference.

We invite you to explore and to join the Climate CoLab. Learn more about this year's contest at Please tell your friends!

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