In the autumn of 2012, the Climate CoLab opened up 18 contests, each focused on a challenge the world is facing as we confront climate change. By June 15, nearly 400 proposals had been submitted from around the world, by non-profits, entrepreneurs, scholars and climate experts, students, business people, and concerned citizens. Proposals championed new technologies, community projects, online apps and websites, marketing strategies, business ideas, and government initiatives. After a series of revisions, 59 promising proposals were chosen as finalists. Over the month of August, the global community engaged a record number of people in considering and selecting climate change solutions: over 4500 votes were cast (more than double the number case in the prior CoLab contest), membership on the CoLab site soared to above 10,000, and CoLab had visitors reading and selecting proposals from almost every country in the world.
We are pleased to announce the winning of Judges' Choice Award to Danya Rumore, Lawrence Susskind, Patrick Field, and Carri Hulet's proposal, Building Consensus, Enabling Adaptation: Facilitating Collective Risk Management for the 2013 Enabling Adaptation Contest.