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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 form on the Joining page of this IGC website.

    • --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, before February 1, 2020.

    • --participate in the 2020 IGC conference and post-conference comparative research

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