CLimate Economy Action Network – CLEAN

How to get started?

  1. Go to https://clean.ideagist.com and join.
  2. Visit the “getting started” article at https://CLEAN.ideagist.com/idea/getting-around-in-clean/support.

Or, continue reading for more information!

What is CLEAN?

The CLimate Economy Action Network (CLEAN or https://clean.ideagist.com) aims to educate people about creating ideas and taking target actions that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. When people take these actions they’ll get compensation and/or other rewards. We’re using the Ideagist platform to accomplish this, at: https://clean.ideagist.com

The goal is not to earn as many points as possible (the old way), but to keep points flowing through the system (The Climate Economy way) by completing and/or posting target actions. You have to earn points to give points. You can earn points right off the bat by adding your profile summary and picture. You can also get points by adding ideas, social media and getting followers for ideas. Once you have points, you can set up idea opportunities (target actions) and reward others with your points.

How It Works

This (image above) is the Climate Venture Map (CVM). The first thing one does is come up with a vision or idea of what they want the future to look like. Then they come up with one or more “target actions” related to a vision, and the CVM can help people determine the best actions to get people to take. In The Climate Economy, we’re aiming for target actions that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. There’s an entire lesson you can read about that here.

We’re using an existing entrepreneurship platform at http://clean.ideagist.com/ (CLEAN) to help get people posting ideas (visions) and related idea opportunities (target actions). Ideagist has created this platform to incubate businesses and it has a lot of useful information and lessons provided for aspiring entrepreneurs. CLEAN will focus on “climate ventures” instead of business formation; this just means business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. But a lot of the same processes that one would use to start a new business venture will go into creating new climate ventures. For our purposes on CLEAN, users need to understand the following:

“Vision” on Climate Venture Map above = “Idea” on https://clean.ideagist.com 

“Target Action” on Climate Venture Map above = “Idea Opportunity” on https://clean.ideagist.com 

Here are some ways we can put the CLEAN to work right away:

  1. People can post information about themselves and their interests/areas of expertise/specialties, and/or their companies or organizations. They can also find other people in their area and learn about events going on.
  2. People and organizations on CLEAN can come up with their own “visions” and post them as “ideas” on CLEAN.
    1. People can look at the other ideas people have posted and participate in those or come up with their own ideas.
    2. People can look at what other people are trying/doing in other communities and start the idea for their own communities.
    3. People who post ideas can build teams to work on their idea. They can keep their idea secret, only share it with certain people, or make it open to the public.
    4. People can get tutorials about developing their ideas.
  3. People and/or organizations on CLEAN can post “idea opportunities” (i.e. target actions) related to their ideas (visions). People can also post “help wanted” listings if they don’t have any particular idea but need some help. Ideas may have one or more idea opportunities:
    1. One idea opportunity – a simple idea
    2. Multiple idea opportunities – a number of unrelated actions that people can take as per their preference
    3. A sequence of idea opportunities – when people need to go through a certain process, e.g. one step requires the completion of a previous step
  4. Users on CLEAN can browse all opportunities and find ones that fit something they would like to do. 
  5. Rewards and compensation: Opportunities may lead to personal enrichment, earning of points that they can trade for other products/services on CLEAN, or result in actual paying jobs. For example, people can use their earned points to get feedback on their ideas or “pay” people for being on their team.

There should never be a shortage of ideas and idea opportunities! Here are a few basic examples.

Climate Venture Map CLEAN Example Rewards or Compensation
Vision Idea Community gardens
Target Action Idea Opportunity Offer a job at the gardens Job/salary

The target action will contribute to reduced emissions in many ways, such as reducing food miles for local produce buyers (+climate), and will lead to improved human health because people are eating their veggies (+humanity). It will also provide a paying, productive job (+economy).

Climate Venture Map CLEAN Example Rewards or Compensation
Vision Idea A Community Solar Installation
Target Action Idea Opportunity
  1. Watch an introductory video and/or 2) signup 
Points and participation in the community group

These target actions will result in people using cleaner energy, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions (+climate). Cleaner energy means cleaner air for people to breathe (+humanity). Community solar reduces energy costs over time (+economy).

Climate Venture Map Ideas and Idea Opportunities Example Rewards or Compensation
Vision Idea Provide local education for regenerative agriculture
Target Action Idea Opportunity
  1. RSVP and then 2) attend an educational event
Points and/or certificate of completion

Education is the goal of organizations like The Climate Economy Education Inc. We aim to teach people about business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. People can explore their passions and interests and apply their energy by participating in existing actions and/or starting their own ideas.

Some Current/Pending Climate Ventures on CLEAN

  • Getting people involved/informed about community solar in Carbondale
  • Getting people involved/informed about community gardens in Carbondale
  • Getting people involved/informed about the Coronavirus Response in Carbondale
  • Getting Southern Illinois cooperative members on solar
  • Establishing the St. Louis Metro East Climate Economy – Kickoff Event

How to get started?

  1. Go to https://clean.ideagist.com and join.
  2. Visit the “getting started” article at https://CLEAN.ideagist.com/idea/getting-around-in-clean/support.