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Proposal: Reclaim the power of engaged citizenry Contest: Fostering Climate Collaboration in Boulder, CO 2016 Thank you for your contest entry. Thank you for your contest entry. We appreciate your willingness to share your ideas and also the time and effort you put into developing a proposal and submitting it to the contest. We have reviewed your proposal and found that it contained intriguing elements; however, have chosen not to advance it to the next round of competition. We encourage you to keep developing your idea. Transfer your proposal to a Workspace to re-open it, make edits, add collaborators, and even submit it into a future contest. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Move proposal.” We welcome you to stay involved in the Climate CoLab community: support and comment on proposals that have been named Finalists, and vote during the public voting period to help select the contest’s Popular Choice Winner. Climate CoLab will be opening more contests throughout the year and you are welcome to submit your proposal to those contests as well. Keep up the great work. We hope that by working together, we all can create solutions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Sincerely, Contest Fellows If there are additional comments from the Judges & Fellows, they will be included below.
Thank you so much for your submission! Unfortunately, this project still feels like a massive undertaking that doesn't quite reveal how people can easily engage.
This is an intriguing proposal, and the idea of building a political block around climate efforts is a valuable one.
However, the proposal is inadequately specific regarding the structure of the organization, its funding, its timeline, and its governance. For a project like this, success or failure lies in these kinds of details, so we need more of them at this stage of the process.
Currently this proposal sounds like a very nice idea, but it doesn't leave readers with a lot of reason to trust its feasibility and likelihood for effectiveness.
You don't have to start from scratch. You've already included a helpful chronology of activism in Boulder. Perhaps more valuable, too, would be a roadmap for how existing organizations in town can work together and use their existing momentum to get this started. Building on such existing momentum would make the proposal as a whole seem much more plausible.
Other concerns that need to be addressed during the revision period:
1) One of the Judges did not agree with the thesis, as characterized by this description: "The city needs revenues but these revenues may contribute to climate degradation. A classic example is Boulder's cap on housing growth to 1% while allowing uncapped job growth. For every job created that has no associated housing, we have a potential in-commuter. With 60,000 daily sole occupancy in-commuting vehicles and their associated carbon footprint, we have our work cut out for us." It may be that the most environmentally sustainable solution is to concentrate commercial development in a community like Boulder (v. sprawling-out across the front range).
2) The political landscape, as challenging as it is, may in fact the best way to advance climate change goals. To the extent that this proposal calls for an advocacy group that will advance GHG reduction goals, there are many effective groups that already exist.
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