Crowdsourcing climate change, one contest at a time

Read the full story in The Guardian.

For millions of people, Wikipedia is a quick and easy way to settle a factual disagreement or research a school paper. For Thomas Malone, professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia is an inspiration.

“It’s now possible to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people all over the world at a scale and with a degree of collaboration that was never possible before,” Malone said. “We decided to basically crowd-source the problem of what to do about global climate change.”

The result is MIT’s Climate CoLab, a collaborative online community centered on a series of annual contests that seek out promising ideas for fighting climate change. Right now, 15 contests are active on the site, with more to come, Malone said.

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