Low Carbon City Initiative: From Citizens To the World by Low Carbon City Team
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The judges liked this wonderful city initiative from Medellin. They felt that it is a strong proposal from an already established network, with a clearly planned forum. This is exactly what is needed: more community network action for climate at the city level. Tying this to a planned event in Medellin with an already convened strong volunteer team, as well as the network of ambassador cities, gives it an advantage. Glad to see they are aware of - and plan to partner with - C40 etc. Should also consider partnering with http://www.street-plans.com att Mike Lydon etc.
Creative and viral strategies have been successfully explored. LOVE the Botero sculpture intervention! Could this be replicated in other cities? Nice thinking on the related proposals segment, especially like the partnership with ENGAJAMUNDO.
Areas for improvement:
-- The project is missing a global cities partner or sponsor such as the Rockefeller Foundation or C40. Judges believed you could retain your strong citizen activist grassroots (low-carbon neighborhood) identity, but it would also be wise to align with a professional or non-profit group. This way, you can represent your constituency and make the clear voice heard as part of the conversation on low-carbon cities.
-- The judges would prefer an even stronger expression of the base in Colombia. They worry that the partnerships and ambassadors in so many other countries are too much to organize effectively.
-- Costs: they are high. If you were to focus on speakers who 1) do not need much air travel and who 2) speak the local language, could you present a less expensive plan B for your first-year budget? The Valle de Aburra Metropolitan Area, the French Development Agency, the French Embassy in Colombia, and the Development Bank of Latin America have expressed their interest to support the initiative in the long term. Its nice to have this interest. Can you sign one of them now? That would be good!
The proposals focus on political participation and emphasis on solutions are strong. Connecting with individuals through art has the potential to motivate engagement.
Thank you for your submission to the Climate CoLab. We are excited by your interest in grassroots citizen engagement.
Networks like C40 and 100 Resilient Cities have been very effective at fostering innovation at the city level, this city-based network seems promising as well.
The proposal would benefit from additional expansion on how the authors would advance the idea through social media channels, strategic partnerships, high-level advocates, media exposure, and so on.
Please also flesh out your references and resources and potential partners, and provide a timeline and explanation for your budget. Is there more information about the team and leadership?
The “Guide” component also needs to be fleshed out: is this is an online hub? With what partnerships?
Additionally, please expand on Why Colombia? Why Medellin?
Have you identified local investors who might be interested in advising?
We look forward to reading your revised work in light of this feedback.
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