To effectively tackle climate-related issues, we know different actors need to work together to create change. This "Unity in Diversity'' happens to be the motto of Indonesia (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika) and that's exactly what's happening with the Think Climate Indonesia (TCI) Initiative. The goal of this three-year program, a partnership between Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Oak Foundation is to empower Indonesian policy-research organizations in their efforts to shape public policies on climate change....

Some people think that creativity is a bit of magic or genius – it can be – but we’d argue that it’s possible to be very deliberately creative by using a process. II's methodology is based on the Creative Problem Solving Process (CPS), a multi-step model developed by a businessman and an academic in the 1950s. The premise is that creativity is not uniquely a Eureka experience, but that we can apply a deliberate method to produce new ideas and novel results. Creativity doesn’t have to be an accident or a bit of luck; you can do it on purpose....

For the Northern hemisphere, this summer has been one of extremes with record-breaking heatwaves and droughts in Western Europe, the United States and China, as well as flooding in Japan, South Korea and Pakistan. Looking at the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, extreme weather events should further worsen in the coming years and decades, making the need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions all the more urgent. Yet, while we must not stop our attempts to mitigate climate change, it is clear that societies must also adapt to a changing climate, which includes finding ways to cope with more and more intense droughts and floods....

Outside, you could hear children laughing and screaming as they ran back and forth across the pavement in the afternoon sun.  Nearby, in the shade, a circle of chairs was set out for a group guitar lesson.  The first students were tuning up their instruments. ......

In general, the language of creativity tends to be more positive and supportive. That shouldn't be misinterpreted being too nice or going easy on ideas that require rigorous improvement. It just means the approach is productive rather than destructive; the vocabulary is generous before it's skeptical. ...