Launched in 2009 by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI), Climate Colab seeks creative proposals on what to do about global climate change. It has conducted 110 online challenges and attracted 120,000+ participants from 170 countries.

In 2022, Climate CoLab spun out and migrated to Wazoku's global crowdsourcing platform, Innocentive.

Listen to a conversation between CCI Director Thomas W. Malone and Wazoku CEO Simon Hill about how Climate CoLab and Wazoku/Innocentive are working together.

Collective intelligence to address climate change

Climate CoLab is an open problem-solving platform that invites people from all around the world — scientists and policy makers, executives and investors, officials from international organizations and NGOs, concerned citizens and students — to submit proposals on what to do about climate change. These submissions are then evaluated by some of the world’s leading experts. Just as Wikipedia lets anyone edit the world’s largest encyclopedia, Climate CoLab allows thousands to put forward ideas about how to address climate change.

Prior Climate CoLab challenges

Basic Challenges

Inspired by core approaches for combating climate change set out by IPCC

National/regional and global challenges

Invited integrated plans for major countries/ regions and the entire world

Sponsored challenges

Addressed issues of particular interest to collaborating organizations

Workspaces

Encouraged brain-storming on important topics without later evaluation by judges

Further information

People and partners

The Climate CoLab community includes more than 120,000 members, over 800 volunteer advisors and judges, and 50+ organizational partners.

History and philosophy

Climate Colab has been active since 2009, operating under a explicitly articulated values about how participants should engage with each other.

Research

Climate CoLab is a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, which studies how experts and crowds can solve complex societal problems.