In 2015, Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, Climate Interactive’s co-founder and now advisory board member, developed multisolving to describe projects she and colleagues were studying and participating in around the world. These projects were different from each other in most ways, but they had one theme in common: they used one investment of time, money, or effort to address multiple problems at the same time. These projects—from walk-to-school programs to urban orchards to solar microgrids and home energy upgrades—showed people working together across sectors and silos to improve health, equity, well-being, and biodiversity while also protecting the climate.
That launched the Multisolving Program which was an important part of Climate Interactive’s work for six years. From that program emerged an influential TEDx talk, dozens of articles and interviews, and a rising demand for training, research, and communications about multisolving. To meet that demand, the team most involved in multisolving at Climate Interactive has launched a new, free-standing organization, the Multisolving Institute.
In February of 2022, the Multisolving Institute officially diverged from Climate Interactive and became its own unique organization. The Institute’s purpose is to spread and scale multisolving by helping people overcome some of the most limiting obstacles to it. Climate Interactive is proud to still be closely partnered with the Multisolving Institute, and support the great work they are doing to equitably address climate change and other social issues. To learn more about these changes, please read our blog post.
We encourage you to explore our colleagues’ website and the bountiful tools, insights, and other resources they provide:
Multisolving & En-ROADS Resources
Utilizing the multisolving framework is an important part of Climate Interactive’s ongoing work. Specifically, a multisolving lens is employed when understanding insights from the En-ROADS simulator, and also when running events like the En-ROADS Climate Workshop and Climate Action Simulation game. Below you can explore some resources which will teach you more about multisolving and how it can be used alongside En-ROADS:
Multisolving & En-ROADS Videos
Watch the chapter from the Mastering En-ROADS Training Series which explores how multisolving relates to En-ROADS.
Multisolving & En-ROADS Slides
En-ROADS slides which explore multisolving case studies, the GREAT database, and academic studies on co-benefits.
Multisolving Control Panel Guide
Use this one-page guide to explore co-benefits and an equity perspective on the main sliders in the En-ROADS Simulator.