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Thank you for submitting a final proposal. It would be good to further clarify how you plan to engage key players and make CRITC / CRIS a reality. Your proposal outlines many activities and has a large budget – more detail could be provided on how the funding would be raised and leveraged to make an impact. As you move forward with your proposed actions, you are strongly encouraged to continue using the judges’ feedback to help guide your work. There is always room for improvement, and the judges would like to see you respond more to the questions and comments that were raised during semi-finalist selection. For ease of reference, the judges’ initial suggestions have been summarized by a contest fellow below:
Suggested improvements summary:
- Clarify plan of action
- Re-write ‘proposed action’ and ‘who will take these actions’ sections to outline how to make CRITC and CRIS a reality
o How does the team plan to engage key players?
o Key collaborators and opportunities?
- Identify potential hurdles and how to address them
- Other ways of creating incentives beyond subsidies and tax credits?
- Clarify strategy for getting subsidies and tax credits approvals at public and legislative levels
- Articulate good financial mechanisms for this type of thing and international examples of it working
Congratulations on a strong proposal, and the adaptation contest team wishes you the best of luck!
Thank you for your submission to the Climate CoLab adaptation contest. Looking at the TransitionKW website, it's clear that you have already done a lot of good work collecting information and translating it into workable actions that local residents could take. That said, the specific proposal for this Climate CoLab contest is missing a concrete focus. To be really compelling, you could present something beyond the basic improvements to the website and plans to distribute hard copies of the guide. The judges suggest laying out a vision for how you can totally transform your approach to raising awareness and mobilizing action. More important than focusing on the website is developing a well-thought-out strategy for engaging people. There is a considerable body of research that shows that just giving people better information isn't enough to change their actions. Social pressure and values are much stronger motivators. So, for example, are there ways to game-ify the website/toolkit, or add a social marketing strategy to the proposed outreach (both on-line and physical)? More creative thinking around these issues could yield some interesting results. Additionally, the judges were wondering where the prescriptive ideas in the toolkit came from, as it is a bit surprising that your focus is on actions that people can take individually. Adaptation is often considered a collective challenge, where whole communities need to agree on how to assess risk, how to evaluate possible risk management options and how to make decisions about the trade-offs involved. Can the toolkit also promote collective adaptation efforts, and if so, how? Where are people in the community involved in assessing climate risks, and considering which possible actions (individual and collective) would be the most effective ways to enhance resilience and overcome vulnerabilities to climate risk? There are many toolkits out there, including ones by ICLEI, so please consider why a community should take what is in this particular toolkit seriously and remember that toolkits need to be contextualized locally. Rather than just building more tools and disseminating them, your team can think more about how communities choose which tool to use and how to mobilize people around them. Congratulations on advancing to as a semi-finalist, and the adapation contest team looks forward to seeing your revised proposal for the final submission.
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