“One of the best things about facilitating En-ROADS events is how they lead to more events, through word of mouth referrals and recommendations! When you’ve been through one as a participant, you want to share that spark with others –to give your friends, colleagues, community the gift of generating their own personal insights, grounded in facts, about what successful climate action could look like. Teachers want to bring it to their colleagues and energize their students. People who’ve experienced En-ROADS in one setting, like a climate activist group, are excited to bring it to their faith community or workplace, to spur a long-awaited deep conversation. This ever-expanding reach is testament to the transformative power and effectiveness of the En-ROADS simulation games and workshops.”
Professionally, Curt Newton is Director of MIT OpenCourseWare, which freely shares materials from thousands of MIT courses used by millions of learners and educators around the world. Prior to joining OCW in 2004, he worked at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs as a communications network systems engineer, and co-founded a data network equipment startup.
As a citizen climate activist, Curt is on the statewide volunteer steering team of 350 Massachusetts, using people power to create state and local political will for climate action, and is a trained Climate Reality Project Leader. In MIT’s climate community, Curt co-produced and co-hosted 3 seasons of the Climate Conversations podcast; helped launch and build the ClimateX online climate change community that became MIT’s climate portal; and was staff representative on the MIT Climate Action Advisory Committee.
Curt’s participation in a 2016 World Climate Simulation game introduced him to Climate Interactive’s work. Enamored of that experience, he learned to facilitate World Climate, with a personal interest in reaching high school communities (being a parent of two young people). He’s facilitated En-ROADS games and workshops for high school classes and enrichment programs, graduate-level education students, a global network of education innovators, workplaces, citizens, and the MIT community.