Climate CoLab Research


Climate CoLab began as a research project at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI). A central part of CCI’s work on the project was undertaking research on how an online crowd, collaborating with experts, could be harnessed to address a large, complex problem like climate change.

Publications by CCI researchers based on Climate CoLab are listed below.

Thomas W. Malone, Jeffrey V. Nickerson, Robert J. Laubacher, Laur Hesse Fisher, Patrick de Boer, Yue Han, and W. Ben Towne. 2017. Putting the Pieces Back Together Again: Contest Webs for Large-Scale Problem Solving. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1661-1674.

Erik P. Duhaime, Gary M. Olson, and Thomas W. Malone. Broad Participation in Online Problem Solving Can Influence Participants 
and Lead to Better Solutions: Evidence from the MIT Climate CoLab. MIT CCI Working Paper No. 2015-001, June 2015.

Thomas W. Malone, Robert J. Laubacher, and Laur Hesse Fisher. How millions of people can help solve climate change. Nova Next website (, January 2014.

Joshua Introne, Robert J. Laubacher, Thomas W. Malone.  Enabling Open Development Methodologies in Climate Change Assessment Modeling (Abstract Only). IEEE Software, Vol 28, No. 6 (Nov.-Dec. 2011), 56-61 (working paper version of this paper).

Joshua Introne, Robert Laubacher, Gary Olson, and Thomas Malone. Solving Wicked Problems Using Socio-Computational SystemsKuntstliche Intelligenz. Vol 27, No. 1 (February 2013), 45-54 (working paper version of this paper). 

Joshua Introne, Robert Laubacher, Gary Olson, and Thomas Malone, The Climate CoLab: Large scale model-based collaborative planning. CCI Working Paper 2011-001, January 2011. Revised version named best paper at 2011 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2011).

Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher, Josh Introne, Mark Klein, Hal Abelson, John Sterman, and Gary Olson, The Climate Collaboratorium: Project Overview, CCI Working Paper No. 2009-003, September 2009.

Thomas W. Malone and Mark Klein, Harnessing Collective Intelligence to Address Global Climate ChangeInnovations (Summer 2007), Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 15-26.