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The IGC Challenge

Almost every university in the world studies the impacts of global change 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 proposals and projects to learn from each other. The IGC 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 analysis, design, and evaluation methods that can be used to propose change for the betterment of society and the environment in the face of likely global change. An efficient way is to educate today’s university staff and students in methods and practices that enable collaboration and mutual learning inside the university, and across institutions and nations. That is the mission of the International Geodesign Collaboration.

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Joining the International Geodesign Collaboration

Joining the IGC means that you will receive all general email notifications and invitations. 

Benefits to IGC participants
  • IGC participants join an international network of colleagues interested in similar questions

  • Share resources for teaching

  • Build multi-disciplinary university coalitions around geodesign

  • Educate future leaders capable of organizing and managing geodesign

  • Work in one’s own context and language but understand and learn from everyone’s work

  • Publish and exhibit your work internationally, but be able to share it locally in one's own language

  • Compare your work internationally so that we improve theories and methods of geodesign

  • Influence real change

Benefits to Society
  • Geodesign studies made locally, but at the space and time scales of larger, longer term societal and environmental issues, will be uniquely able to inform on-going policy development.

  • The IGC is less influenced by immediate political concerns, and so can be more effective at revealing fundamental aspects of future life.

  • The IGC provides public education regarding issues of design and planning that matter fundamentally to society and the future shape of the environment.

  • Participants in the IGC educate future leaders capable of organizing and managing geodesign at local, regional, national and global scales.

  • Looking ahead to an improved global future  


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 organizers of IGC continue 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, collaborators can join the IGC at any time

  • To participate in coordinated annual projects, schedules and deadlines will be published from time-to-time via the IGC email list and this website.

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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