In this video, Beth Sawin introduces the concept of multisolving – systemic solutions that protect the climate while also improving health, equity, and well-being. Recorded in Paris during the COP21 climate negotiations, Beth discusses the potential of multisolving to address several problems at once, and the impact of multisolving on the Paris climate talks.
The Framework for Long-Term, Whole-system, Equity Based Reflection
FLOWER is a visual framework for multisolving, useful with groups of stakeholders weighing green policy or investment options. It provides a way to diagram six common types of co-benefits of actions to protect the climate: benefits to health, well-being, and safety; energy industry and mobility; food and water; jobs and assets; resilience to extreme events; and connection to the environment and human communities.
Beth Sawin presents “The Power of Multisolving for People and Climate” at TEDx Sun Valley, in Sun Valley, Idaho. After introducing multisolving, Beth takes the audience on a journey from 4.2°C to 2.0°C, the benefits of which balance out the costs. But how does one multisolve, exactly? Beth gives examples of people multisolving all around the world, and explains how we each can do the same.
Written by Beth Sawin and published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in July 2018, the article offers three principles and three practices to help leaders unlock the magic of multisolving. Simply search for the article title to find on the web.
In order for us to act significantly on climate change, we will need to shift our perspective. Beth, in collaboration with Nathaniel Smith, founder and chief equity officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity, penned a US News & World Report article about how cities can fight climate change while also boosting equity, health, and well-being.
Multisolving happens all around the world, and looks different in different places. However, there are three questions central to any multisolving endeavor. Read Beth Sawin‘s article in Apolitical to learn the questions and answers key to being a multisolver.
Around the world, people are innovating in ways that improve health and protect the climate, often while saving money. What can we learn from these projects, and how can we create more of them? We interviewed the leaders of ten such initiatives and presented our findings on what is possible and how it can be accomplished in Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate: Lessons From Success Stories, which was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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