Professor Thomas W. Malone, the center’s founding director and MIT Professor of Management, compares the Collaboratorium to the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb during World War II. “The difference between the Climate Collaboratorium and the Manhattan Project is that this is a problem everyone in the world needs to solve, but because of new technologies like the Internet, it’s possible to enlist far more people than during World War II.”

Malone’s climate project has been formalized to the “Climate CoLab.” As of late 2014, it has over 15,000 registered members from more than 150 countries. Their organizations include NASA, the World Bank, the Union of Concerned Scientists, leading universities, businesses, government agencies, and student organizations.