The 1.5o C Global Brain


Climate change is a “wicked problem.” A low carbon transition is underway, but it’s not happening fast enough to avoid dangerous climate change, and the likelihood of triggering tipping points with potentially catastrophic consequences is increasing.

The challenges associated with tackling climate change may seem overwhelming — but so is the global brainpower focused on the problem. What’s missing, as suggested by Carla O’Dell’s quote: “if only we knew what we know,” is the ability to turn today’s collective climate knowledge into an “actionable knowledge” strategy for climate progress. The 1.5oC Global Brain Project fills that gap using the Climate Web as a starting point.

The Climate Web encompasses more than 1,000 books, 2,000 videos, 3,000 websites, 20,000 reports and journal papers, 40,000 news stories, and much more. Far more than a bibliographic database, the Climate Web has been characterized by one user as “like having 100 leading experts in climate science, climate risk, risk management, and corporate strategy collaborating with you at the decision-making table,” and by another as “if you were going to build a climate change AI, the Climate Web would be its training manual.”

But while the 20,000 hours spent building the Climate Web constitute a big step forward in being able to take advantage of the massive amount of existing knowledge towards a successful climate strategy, the climate change challenge requires the active collaboration of leading climate thinkers.

The 1.5oC Global Brain Project can utilize the same powerful, flexible, and easy to learn TeamBrain software used in the Climate Web to flesh out the collective intelligence that’s needed to tackle climate change. A dedicated version of the Climate Web can be used as a starting point, and can be rapidly restructured and added to to serve the needs of participants. The TeamBrain software is massively flexible, and there is no limit to the number of participants in the Project. The 1.5oC Global Brain can also be kept open access to maximize knowledge sharing.

If you're interested in helping us get the 1.5o C Global Brain Project going, contact the Climatographers at