A little over two years ago we did our first blog about the Climate Risk Brain, a unique knowledge management tool for getting our respective heads around the complicated subjects of climate risks and opportunities, and better yet exploring the possible ways forward. Last year, the folks at TheBrain™ invited us to present the Climate Risk Brain as part of their Big Thinker Webinar series; it’s the first time anyone is doing with the software what we’re doing with it.
We’ve recently renamed the project The Climate Web™, with the tag line “Delivering on the Internet’s Promise.” The new name and the description are intended to better reflect what we’re working to develop. Our Brain is still entirely focused on climate risk, and it still is designed to help get the “right information to the right person at the right time” for corporate and organizational decision-making around climate change. But it is also much more than the words “Climate Risk Brain” suggest. Incorporating more than 10,000 documents, almost 10,000 URLs, with 50,000 “thoughts” and 75,000 “links,” all individually created and curated to deliver climate risk knowledge value — it really is the core of a “Climate Web.”
There are many rational explanations for why we are not acting fast enough to address climate change. The bottom line is that we as communicators haven’t figured out how to make climate risks (and the associated opportunities) sufficiently relevant to individual and societal decision-making to cause a substantial and rapid deviation from our status quo energy and economic path. Can we get to the low-carbon global economy that scientists are calling for? No question. But there’s a catch. Technology transformations take time – historically, decades. Today, it looks most likely that major progress toward a low-carbon economy will come only after we’ve committed to substantial, perhaps even catastrophic, climate change. A Pyrrhic victory at best!
The Climate Web™ starts with the hypothesis that there is infinite information with which to help influence climate change decision-making and accelerate progress toward a low-carbon economy through many paths and means, but that few decision-makers have “the right information at the right time.” If knowledge management can help bridge the gap, doesn’t it make sense after 25 years to add tools like the Climate Web™ to our climate change toolbox?
To help us figure out where to go next with the Climate Web™ we’ve opened it up for Beta users. We’re asking Beta users to explore the system, think about how it does or doesn’t help advance their goals and needs, and help us figure out next steps in charting a long-term plan for the Climate Web™. We have a Guide for Beta Users available for distribution and we’ll be communicating regularly with Beta users through our Beta Notes.
If you’re interested or know someone who would be great for this role, please let us know! Our inbox is always open, and our phones are (almost) always on!