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The Climate Collaboratorium: A New Forum Brings Experts Together to Combat Global Warming

imageTom Malone, Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management, is the founding director of MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI).

“Imagine all the people sharing all the world”
—John Lennon

When John Lennon released the song “Imagine,” some folks dismissed him as a wooly headed idealist.

But researchers affiliated with MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) think that the ex-Beatle had the right idea. Sharing, they say, can help to solve one of the world’s most intractable problems — global warming. Thus, the CCI is working to encourage scientists and others around the world to pool their expertise via an online forum called the Climate Collaboratorium.

“If we don’t solve global warming, many people would say nothing else will matter much,” says Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management Thomas W. Malone, the center’s founding director and an MIT management professor. “If ever there were a problem on which we should try to bring together the best human and computational intelligence that our species could muster, this would be it.”

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