Distributed voluntary networks have been successful in building impactful, global projects like Wikipedia and Linux. Similar organizations of citizen scientists have built one of the world’s largest biodiversity databases in eBird and have supported open-source genetic Crispr research. But how can distributed networks engage volunteers from widely different backgrounds to tackle the climate crisis collectively?
To discuss that opportunity, Openair co-founder Chris Neidl (@neidl_c) recently joined a panel hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions on Negative Emissions Technology. In his presentation, Chris focused on the challenges of scaling Direct Air Capture and how Openair is utilizing a distributed, volunteer network to develop the technology.
According to Chris, “enormous amounts of power and creativity can be harnessed by networks of intrinsically motivated individuals, who are not experts or professionals.” To learn more, watch the video or click here!