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Climate Communications



March 26th 9:00am - 1:30pm

About the Hackathon

You are ready to push for big change but then you hear... (Pick your favorite excuse)

  1. It is not a good time.

  2. It is going to cost too much.

  3. I would do it, but the board/constituents/shareholders don't agree.

  4. I need some more data.

  5. We really need to work on (insert other priority) right now.

How do the doers, like you, get the "permission" needed to move faster and bigger on climate change? 

We are going to surgically dissect common "stuck points" and develop a communication strategy to empower, influence, and build advocacy with decision-makers, community members, and others.

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The agenda is now available for review. Also the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation "Climate Communications Opportunity Strategy: 2019-2022" is posted below as good background information.

There are limited spaces available and this is an invitation only event.
If you know someone whom you think should attend, please reach out to us at

What is a HACKATHON?

A hackathon is a design-sprint event, typically used by software companies - and now being co-opted by us - to collaborate on a problem and develop a solution in a short and intense work session. The participants work rapidly to achieve their task in a day.

What will we do?

  • Dig deep into the problems and potential solutions related to effective climate communications.

  • Work in small groups to develop a feasible and actionable plan for better communications about climate urgency and the need for immediate action. 

  • Explore ideas such as, 

    • "Is talking about CLIMATE doing anything?"

    • "How can we connect people's pain points with climate action?"

    • "What are the images and ideas that make people stop and change?"

    • "What can we learn from 2020 and the use of social media?"

    • "Why do people care?"

  • Develop an actionable strategy to inform new approaches to climate communications.

Attend or Host a RAPID Forum

Based on the success and clear demand for more immediate and clear action, we are working with partners in other regions to bring the RAPID Forum to you! Check out the list of upcoming forums below.

What is a RAPID Forum and why is it different?

A RAPID Forum is a daylong event for professionals in a range of industries to come together to identify real, implementable solutions that directly impact the climate crisis - within five years. The intent of the Forum is to catalyze interdisciplinary, broad thinking, shifting from the siloed and slow solutions we are currently using today, to fast, impactful action. We are not interested in duplicating all the work that is happening - instead, we want to amplify and accelerate what is already envisioned by local governments, non-profits, and others.

Forums focus on climate change strategies and are tailored to the participants' expertise and interests. For the first forum, we had a range of sectors considered, but we will also be doing forums that will concentrate on one area, such as regenerative landscapes or energy systems. We anticipate that many if not all of the actions will be applicable at a broader scale. 

Local partners work with us to create the invitation list, plan the day and desired outcomes, co-facilitate at key points, and help coordinate implementation.

Forum Format

The Forum does not have any speakers or powerpoints! It is interactive and engaging at each step.


The first half of the forum will focus on ideation and what it means to have a climate emergency and the questions we need to ask before we start creating solutions. 


The second half of the Forum will be designed to engage all participants in establishing multi-benefit, implementable strategies within a specific five-year framework. The day will wrap up with the identification of a handful of the most impactful and promising strategies to refine and implement within five years.

The Next Steps?

While we call it the Forum, it is much more impactful than a single day. The major benefit of our approach is the laser focus on what happens after the event. We will help to cement the teams to work on the actions developed at the Forum and help to develop a 90-day sprint action plan. 

Upcoming RAPID Forums

  • RAPID Forum - Boulder, CO
    RAPID Forum - Boulder, CO
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    We are planning a RAPID forum in Boulder, Colorado focused on regenerative landscapes.
  • RAPID Forum - Sacramento
    RAPID Forum - Sacramento
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    We are planning a RAPID forum focused on regenerative landscapes and carbon sequestration for the Sacramento Region.
  • Climate Communications Hackathon
    Climate Communications Hackathon
    Mar 26, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT
    This interactive event will identify how to get your organization to take bigger steps on climate change by communicating courageously, effectively, and strategically.
  • RAPID Forum - Contra Costa County
    RAPID Forum - Contra Costa County
    CSU East Bay
    May 19, 2020, 8:30 AM
    CSU East Bay
    We are planning a RAPID forum for Contra Costa County organizations.

Due to COVID-19 all in person events have been post-poned until a later date. Virtual meetings may occur.