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#COPisHere Local Events– Supporting Climate Innovation Around the World

“On the issue of climate we must be united. This concerns the whole of humanity.”

–French President François Hollande

COP21—the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris—provides an opportunity for us all to take unified action toward a more sustainable future. To build on this global effort, we’re asking OpenIDEO community members, friends and creative individuals around the world to host events during COP21 (November 30 – December 11). These convenings will focus on learning from local climate innovators and brainstorming how we might support more innovation to address climate change.

Events can take any form— from a conversation with friends to a Meetup with your community. #COPisHere is one way we are continuing to grow OpenIDEO's Accelerate program, a global effort to support innovators, spark action, and use design thinking to tackle our biggest environmental challenges.

We invite you to organize your own #COPisHere event! Here's how:

  1. Complete this form to tell us about your event and we will include it on our list.
  2. Use Eventbrite (or a similar service) to set up an event page and allow guests to register. (We've included sample text below!)
  3. Invite climate innovators, friends and others in your community to talk about their work
  4. Schedule time during your event to hear stories from local innovators and brainstorm to support them
  5. Download the Ideas Template. Share photos and ideas by tweeting them to @OpenIDEO #COPisHere.

Upcoming #COPisHere events:

Sample text for event organizers:

As part of OpenIDEO's Accelerate program, join us for a unique event to support climate innovation. As world leaders convene for the COP21 climate talks in Paris, OpenIDEO Meetups around the world will be hosting #COPisHere events to bring climate action to local stages. We'll hear from local climate innovators, brainstorm ways we can support climate innovation and toast to a more sustainable future. Follow us on social media @openIDEO #COPisHere.

  • 6:00pm Networking, Drinks & Light Appetizers
  • 6:30pm Climate Innovator Presentations
  • 7:15pm Brainstorm: How might we support more climate innovation?
  • 8:00pm Discussion

Join us as we unite for climate change. #COPisHere.