The Geoversiv Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Foundation exists to support, connect and empower innovative projects oriented toward achieving social good, through promotion of:
- climate solutions,
- clean energy innovation and deployment,
- responsible enterprise,
- peacebuilding, and
- expansion of the civic space.
Knowledge can and should do heroic work. Hope is a commitment to connect action to consequence. We are committed to making sure our programs align with these principles, while empowering people to make more good possible.
Embracing complexity: To do this, we aim to leverage the Cross-Pollination Effect—whereby new additional insights emerge from interaction, collaboration, nonlinear generative reframing of distinct areas of knowledge, accidental discovery and invention—so there is overlap between and among our programs. We take care to ensure that such overlap is always constructive, catalytic, and in line with our partners’ and stakeholders’ aims and interests.
Programs & Initiatives
ACCESS to GOOD
Actionable insight, through dialogue and network-building, toward the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.
- The Acceleration Dialogues
- Action Funds
- Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network
- The Peace Synapse: Climate Security Knowledge Graph
- Resilience Intel: Climate-Smart Finance Aggregator
Working to expand the flow of high-value, well-founded information, to empower critical thinking and a more engaged civics.
- Geoversiv Films
- Global Status Update (event)
- The Ocean Neutrality Brief
- The Signals Brief
Living Future Strategies
Critical path-mapping efforts, based on science, exploration, collaborative innovation, and future-visioning projects.
- Council of Scientific Advisors (2019)
- Networked Earth-systems Science Initiative
- Ocean Neutrality Initiative
- Planetary Exploration Fellows (2019)
- Viva Vieques
Geoversiv Programs and Initiatives are listed below in alphabetical order, not in order of prominence, importance, or chronological starting point. Some are still in design and development stage. Each is outlined in brief, with links to relevant websites and materials. They are presented here as an integrated landscape of action toward our 6 focus areas.
Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation is a series of Track II diplomatic dialogues co-convened by Citizens’ Climate Education and the International Centre for Dialogue and Peacebuilding, in collaboration with the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Geoversiv provides logistical and technical support to sustain and build on the Dialogues’ outcomes and partnerships, including Resilience Intel.
ACCESS to GOOD
The ACCESS to GOOD Project is a process of partnership for the sustained promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals, as envisioned under SDG17. It brings together two unique Geoversiv areas of inquiry:
- ACCESS to track global progress on action toward the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.
- GOOD to track progress on building sustainable generative economic value at the human scale.
It is both an analytical reporting effort and a convening space for stakeholders, and all other areas of Geoversiv work connect back to its multilevel multilateral engagement across many interconnected fields of interest.
Geoversiv Action Funds will integrate into the core of the Foundation’s work, by providing small and medium-sized grants primarily to individuals and small groups whose work or whose participation can be of significant value in serving the engagement and innovation priorities linked to our six areas of action focus: climate, energy, enterprise, education, peacebuilding, and civics. Please note: the first grants from Geoversiv Action Funds will not be available until the middle of 2019.
Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network
The Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network is the main work product of the Pathway to Paris project, of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. It is a global organizing methodology and multilateral coalition of support for engaging even non-expert citizen stakeholders in supranational climate policy negotiations. Geoversiv supports the CCEN and its initiatives, by maintaining platforms for focused communication and ongoing coordination.
As implementation speeds ahead on the many operational elements of the Paris Agreement, there is an increasing need to provide a clear, concise, straightforward map of the landscape of action and innovation. The publication ParisProgress.org aims to provide the clarifying insight of direct links to a number high-value, direct action platforms tracking or informing the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Council of Scientific Advisors
The Geoversiv Foundation was created to ensure best-quality science and technical innovation are made available to the widest possible number of people, with unwavering reliability. In support of that goal, we are working to establish a rotating Council of Scientific Advisors, who will serve as a global panel of experts advising Geoversiv, partners, and government on the latest challenge areas and new discoveries in advanced scientific inquiry.
The Council will provide regular input and guidance, and will produce an annual report regarding major issues, emerging themes, and critical evidence for future scenario planning.
Geoversiv Films will, over time, become its own documentary production studio, focusing on short, medium, and feature-length stories, and delivering planetary resilience news according to strict journalistic standards. The first Geoversiv Films productions will go online in early 2018, as we begin a weekly program of issue-illuminating short videos or micro-documentaries.
Global Status Update
The Geoversiv Global Status Update is an annual event, where the Foundation, its partners and collaborators, special rapporteurs for the six focus areas, and the Council of Scientific Advisors will provide new insight as to the state of the world in relation to achieving an ecologically integral, resilient economic standard that aligns with Earth’s natural life-support systems. The first Global Status Update was held on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Living Future Strategies
Living Future Strategies are critical pathway planning projects aimed at allowing us to act more efficiently in the world and to prosper while reducing the harm we cause to the complex ecological systems that support and sustain life. The three main Geoversiv variations on critical pathways planning are:
- Tracing Macrocritical Economic Trends,
- Mapping Generative Future Priorities, and
- Redesigning Future Operational Value.
NESSI / N-SIGHT
The Networked Earth Systems Science Initiative is a coalition effort, founded by Geoversiv, the Boldly Go Institute, and Madison River Group, after the Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium, which was held in June 2017 at Columbia University. This effort, still under a working title, will go live in 2018 with a first round of pilot projects aimed at providing local decision-support.
The Ocean Neutrality Initiative
The Ocean Neutrality Initiative (ONI) emerges from the Geoversiv voluntary Commitment to Ocean Stewardship, which was launched during the UN Ocean Conference, in June 2017. As a process of exploration and discovery, the ONI aims to establish a working definition of Ocean Neutrality and to map critical pathways to achieving ecological non-interference in 10 major areas of human-ocean interaction.
The Peace Synapse
The Peace Synapse is a climate security deep graphing initiative that traces knowledge relationships between individuals, institutions, crisis situations and response scenarios. It is being designed to evolve at all times, generate dynamic interactive networked infographics, and provide insight into how we can make climate security planning smarter, more efficient, and more collaborative.
Resilience Intel is the first comprehensive climate-smart finance aggregator, working through a coalition of political and practitioner partners to identify, track, grade and upgrade the climate intelligence of money across the whole economy. It emerges from the Acceleration Dialogues and aims to simplify the mainstreaming of climate priorities in financial decision-making by making visible the vast opportunity for rapid scaling up of micro-scale climate-smart investments, at all levels.
On Partnerships: The Geoversiv Foundation works with partners in order to ensure optimal technical support, convening, coordination, and communication of its programs’ aims and outcomes. We do not claim other organizations’ core programs as our own, and we do not endorse all statements, positions, policy preferences, or program elements of organizations with which we partner in pursuit of our in-house and shared programs.
Fiscal Administration: The International Centre for Dialogue and Peacebuilding (ICDP) provides administrative and fiscal services to the Geoversiv Foundation and receives and manages tax-deductible donations to Geoversiv, under ICDP’s 501(c)3 nonprofit status in the United States.
For more information: Please send any inquiries, partnership requests, or recommendations to Foundation management through this webform.
Founder and President
The founder and president of Geoversiv is Joseph Robertson.
Joseph is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens’ Climate Lobby. He coordinates the building of CCL’s citizen engagement groups on 5 continents, leads the Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network and represents CCL in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, UNFCCC negotiations, and other UN processes. He is a member of the Executive Board of the UN-linked NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and of the Policy and Strategy Group for the World We Want and the lead strategist supporting the high-level climate dialogue series Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation.
His blog is PoetEconomist.com
The Geoversiv Foundation’s Core Team of Senior Advisors are working in many ways to explore the dynamic systems that make Earth habitable, connect people and ideas, and foster the deployment of serious and scalable solutions. Learn more about the Core Team here.
The featured image at the top of this page is a study in perspectives and topography, and a reference to the article “Zero-sum thinking doesn’t work“, the title of which is a core mission element of all Geoversiv work.