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The Climate CoLab
 
Type: Forum
Geographical coverage: International
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Implementing Entity: MIT
Language: English
Cost: unspecified
Link: http://climatecolab.org
 
The Climate CoLab seeks to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people around the world to address global climate change.
Inspired by systems like Wikipedia and Linux, the Climate CoLab is a global, on-line forum in which people can:

- create,
- analyze, and
- select


detailed proposals for what to do about climate change.

How it works
At the core of the CoLab is an evolving collection of user-created Proposals comprised of:
- proposed actions we can take (such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions),
- Models that project the impacts of the proposed actions,
- anticipated impacts of the actions (such as future changes in the earth\\\\\\\'s temperature).

These proposals are generated in Contests, where teams work together to create proposals.

In addition, members of the CoLab community can participate in Debates about issues relevant to climate change.


The underlying technology

The CoLab combines three key technologies.

- Open modeling
Simulation models can project the likely impacts of actions that are proposed to address climate change. The system will make use of some of the many existing models of the physical and human systems that affect climate. The CoLab will also pioneer a new approach for extending and developing these models, radically open modeling.


- Large scale argumentation
Large scale argumentation allows groups to summarize the structure and key positions held on contested topics. It works by structuring arguments into four types of entities: issues (or questions), positions, argument for (or pros), and arguments against (or cons).


- Group decision making
The CoLab will use voting and rating to allow the community select the most convincing positions in the debate and the best sets of actions to pursue.