Cocreation for impact

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Cocreation for impact

Tackle wicked multistakeholder problems

Complex, multistakeholder challenges don’t often present a single obvious solution. Cocreation—where the stakeholders share responsibility for the problem—can be an effective way to unlock solutions.

The dire consequences of accelerating climate change and global warming are well known. According to a report by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, dwindling resources, including food shortages, could trigger violent conflicts or even revolutions, and critical species could become extinct—leading to a collapse of the entire ecosystem. 1

Global warming poses a more complex challenge than an epidemic or a space race—in part due to multiple stakeholders’ competing interests. Developing nations want to lift families from poverty through jobs in coal, oil, and gas; oil corporations are answerable to shareholders; and suburban infrastructure is designed around cheap fuel, and politicians’ popularity could be threatened by energy price shocks.

1 Coral Davenport, “Major climate report describes a strong risk of crisis as early as 2040,” New York Times, October 7, 2018; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “Summary for policymakers of IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C approved by governments,” October 2018. View in article

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Stine Degnegaard

William D. Eggers
United States

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