Crowdsource Climate Solutions: Last Week to Vote on MIT Climate CoLab!

All this year I've been working on MIT's Climate CoLab, which is crowdsourcing responses to some of climate change's toughest challenges. We received submissions from all over the world on everything from Geoengineering to urban adaptation strategies.  (The contest that I am overseeing has to do with how civil-society groups can help us adapt to the impacts of climate change. )

The shortlists of submissions were selected by expert judges earlier this summer.  Since then just over 2500 people have voted for their favourites so far.   

VOTING ENDS THIS WEEKEND!  Anyone can vote.  Just click here to get started.    You can also test your luck, and see if you can predict which project will win the Judges' Choice award and/or the Grand Prize. 
Being part of the CoLab team put together by MIT's Centre for Collective Intelligence  has been a really interesting experience.  More than anything else, it has been a chance to get into the nuts and bolts of attempting to apply web 2.0 technologies to truly significant problems.  (We all know that it works for t-shirts, or helping entrepreneurs raise funds for new gadgets.  But how far can crowdsourcing get us?)  

I don't have answers to those questions.  But I have been honestly surprised by the quality of the submissions that we have received, and both their technical and socio-political sophistication.  It is all useful experience as well for another cool project that I am directing on cities and digital environmental governance.  That  project -- √©coHackMTL -- will be running in Montr√©al this Fall.  

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1 Response to "Crowdsource Climate Solutions: Last Week to Vote on MIT Climate CoLab!"

Anonymous said... 27 August 2013 at 17:24

Really interesting Alex, thanks​!​

I think that you would be really interested in some recent research that I have come across about crowds and citizen science.​ ​

It’s called “The Theory of Crowd Capital” and you can download it here if you’re interested: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2193115

Really powerful stuff!

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