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our brief was to connect.

we created initiatives, connect people, and offer moral and financial support for imaginative, community-oriented creative work on climate futures at Columbia.


Columbia Climate Imaginations Network (CCIN) was one of Columbia Climate School's twelve Earth Networks - communities supporting interdisciplinary collaboration and promoting fresh approaches to research, education and impact on themes related to climate, sustainability and the future of planet Earth. 

imagining climate changed futures is hard.

It’s hard for the reasons we know: black swan events, our siloed knowledges, immense complexity...

But it’s also hard because

it asks so much of us as people.

When we try to imagine the future, so many of us feel isolation and despair. Climate change is overwhelming. It  can leave us feeling helpless and ashamed.

One antidote to these feelings is imagination.

Creativity, catharsis, imaginative prototyping... if we take difficult things and find ways to engage creatively with them, we become able to share and engage our hopes and fears in dialogue and ethical collaboration. 


Imagination doesn’t happen in a vacuum. When we’re  feeling low, it can be hard to find the energy to make that first connection. 

That's where CCIN came in.

We offered moral, financial and logistical support to the Columbia community to run events, activities and creative productions on these kinds of themes: 

  • How can we process our feelings about climate change in creative and regenerative ways?

  • How can we find the courage, when things feel so bad, to imagine a future where things are different – more just, more kind, more ecological?

  • How can we give ourselves and one another the permission to use our innate creativity - the stuff we had when we were kids - to explore our hopes and fears, look for ways to heal old wounds, find new ways of caring, and imagine different futures? 


We're now winding down our campus operations in anticipation of the launch of the new Climate Imaginarium, on NYC's Governors Island. Stay tuned!

Mission Statement 2021-24

we develop content that broadens understandings of what it means to imagine creative climate futures;

we run programs that equip and empower people to share their own visions of creative climate futures;

we match people with communities and opportunities that can support and inspire their creative and imaginative climate work.

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