The IGC Challenge

Almost every university in the world studies these issues and is in a position to propose improvements to our normal everyday social and environmental practices. Yet every university and every unit of government acts in its own set of geographies and societies, and with its own content, definitions, methods, languages, color codes, and representation techniques. It is extremely difficult to compare across institutions to learn from each other. This collaboration proposes a radical increase in sharing and in the standardization of communication so that sharing, comparison and mutual learning can take place much more easily. We believe that a central aspect of effective collaboration and eventual action is and will be public understanding of complex issues, and that this can be done without professional jargon, artistic obscurity and scientific myopia.


Our goal for this endeavor is bold.  We believe that there is a need for a large number of people – – perhaps 10,000 – – in the next decade who are educated broadly about the state of the world and specifically about the analytic and synthetic methods in order to propose change for the betterment of society and the environment in the face of likely global change. The most efficient way is to educate today’s university students in these matters and to do it in a manner that enables collaboration and mutual learning inside the university, and across institutions and nations.

The IGC Agreement, required of all IGC participant schools:

  • --join this collaboration via the yellow button below.

    • --join at least one of the research groups and contribute

  • --once a project is determined, complete the IGC Participants form on Joining IGC page of this website

    • --organize your workflow and technological support

    • --adapting the systems research on assumptions and innovations to your local conditions

    • --adapting and organizing systems data and models to your local conditions

    • --applying ALL THREE scenarios to designs at ALL THREE time stages, and with detailed examples as wanted

    • --maintain and present a diary of the geodesign workflow you adopt

    • --present all the results in final status in the collaboration’s format and in English to the coordinating team as ready for exhibition, annually before February 1.

    • --participate in the IGC conferences and post-conference comparative research

Joining the International Geodesign Collaboration

Joining the IGC means that you will receive all general email notifications and invitations.  You are asked to do the following:

Accept the IGC Agreement, required of all IGC participant schools:

By joining this collaboration via the link above:

  • You will join at least one of the research groups and contribute

  • You will consider full participation by registering a project for IGC-2020

If you are unable to access the Google Form for Joining, please download the excel form here and return, completed, to


What Institutional resources are required?

  • Your time and interest, as almost all IGC participants will have a regular course or academic setting in which students will be taught and this would be the core “problem”, a geographic location in which these are real issues, and some technical support to implement a digital workflow (and supported by free video or web-based  tutorials from several technology companies). Any costs for locally specific technology support will be determined and borne by individual institutions based on their needs.

Will there be a budget for participants?

  • There is no IGC budget. There are no people who are salaried by the project.

  • We assume that all participating schools are already interested and capable, and that they have access to local/regional data etc.   The software and tutorials arranged via IGC are free to all member teams.

  • The core group continues to seek a budget to support the IGC website platform for collaboration-communication and for future exhibitions and publications.

Can schools combine assets and tasks?

  • Yes. One aim of this collaboration is to increase capabilities in ALL participating schools.

Is there a deadline for deciding to join the collaboration?  

  • No, as long as the school accepts and can fulfill the IGC Agreement as required for membership.

How do we join?

  • Contact IGC using the forms linked above.

  • By joining now you will receive all project communication and access to all IGC materials, participation in virtual meetings etc.

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