The Sustainability Efforts Mapping Platform by cBalance Solutions
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Proposal: The Sustainability Efforts Mapping Platform
Contest: Shifting Attitudes & Behavior
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The presentation is interesting, persuasive and appealing, and the product could have a positive impact in the way climate change and human behavior connected to it could be measured.
Its main point of weakness is that it relies purely on the fact that data will be collected "directly from individuals, organizations and communities (maybe via the cBalance website) or may be sourced from organizations who already have conducted surveys and compiled databases." The data collection is a key factor for its success, the quoted assumption is not enough to describe which strategy would be used to approach those organizations and collect their data.
Therefore I strongly recommend that more info are gathered re the data collection strategy and a bigger budget is allocated to this area.
Also, the presentation mentions "cBalance Solutions Pvt. Ltd. along with its partners" without specifying who they are. It would be interesting to know who they are since they are supposed to handle and carry out the specified actions.
I like this idea and have seen similar efforts have real impact at the institutional level (e.g., ACUPCC or AASHE-STARS for universities). The main challenge is uptake – i.e., incentivizing individuals and organizations (including governments) to join the program and to provide accurate data. Having a smaller initial target audience, a committed group of initial high-profile, engaged stakeholders, and incentives such as prizes for exemplary organizations could be helpful. Additional challenges may be finding metrics that are readily available across diverse institutions and cultures.
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