The Global Charrette Process

Thank you for your interest in the ECOS Organizational Design Charrette process.  And an additional thank you for everyone who participated in the Inclusive Dialogues in January and/or the Regional Charrettes in February.

The ECOS Charrette Committee has reviewed the eight design proposals, and the notes, comments, and contributions from the Dialogues and Regional Charrettes.  In light of this material and the review, the Committee has modified its design of Global Charrette and has prepared this “Options” document in GoogleDocs.

This blended approach begins with your comments on any and all parts of the Options document.  The Charrette Committee welcomes your feedback – your ideas, your comments, your questions, your concerns, your recommendations, your endorsements – about these options.


Please provide your feedback in this document.  This is a “live” document in Google Docs; use the comment feature to share what you think about the options presented in the eight organizational design areas.  You can also respond to the feedback/comments of others, as they will be listed on the right hand side.

The Charrette Committee will review all comments and determine if and where consensus has emerged, and if and where some areas need to be addressed further in a virtual gathering (yes, another Zoom discussion).

Please provide your comments in this Options document no later than 2359 (1159 PM) Eastern Daylight time (GMT-6) on Sunday 11 April 2021.  After that time, the Charrette Committee will close the document and modify it where appropriate to determine if virtual discussions are warranted.

Thank you again for your interest in and support for ECOS, and of course, for your comments!

Please note, too, that there is no prerequisite for participating in this blended Global Charrette.  You do not need to have participated in the Inclusive Dialogues or Regional Charrettes to comment about these Options.  We welcome your feedback!

ECOS Statement on Social Justice and Climate Justice

ECOS Community Calls provide updates on climate education, communication and outreach projects and initiatives around the world.

Vision Statement

A world of empowered communities, governments, and actors networked to rapidly implement equitable and urgently-needed climate solutions from grassroots to global action.

Mission Statement

ECOS is a coalition of community builders enhancing climate change education, communication, and outreach endeavors of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, its member states, and sub-national entities around the world. It fosters collaboration and exchange of transformative knowledge and practices; broadens civic engagement; builds capacity; and shapes policy through a cohesive infrastructure for climate action.  

ECOS in Brief

Recognized by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat as a supporting community in 2016, ECOS is a “network of networks” that focuses on civic engagement, capacity building, policy development and climate literacy. We believe that effective, disruptive innovation is imperative to achieve the deep level of transformation required in order to address climate change. Education and engagement, supported by appropriate communication and outreach, are the vehicles. ECOS is a collective and coalition whose purpose is to bridge, empower, and optimize education and public engagement for climate action within and across the international, national, community and personal spheres. Our community of experts and agents of change actively work towards inclusive and equitable education, access to information, training, public awareness, civic involvement, and international cooperation. 

The ECOS Ecosystem

Project Goals and Objectives

ECOS aims to optimize safe, just, regenerative climate action through an integrated, methodical approach to fostering climate literacy, communicating relevant, time sensitive information, and inspiring action through effective outreach and messaging.

As part of the global effort to reduce the anthropogenic causes of climate change and to support multi-scale actions to minimize the harmful impacts of climate change through resilience and adaptation, the ECOS Community advocates for:

  1. climate education (lifelong learning and climate literacy),
  2. climate communication (information sharing and stakeholder interaction for sound decision-making),
  3. climate outreach (inspiring innovative ideas and actions through meaningful messages,
  4. climate participation (stakeholder voice as part of collaborative, pluralistic climate governance),
  5. climate training (improve capacity in any and all relevant areas of climate science and policy, especially in education), and
  6. climate engagement and empowerment (promoting activities to increase awareness and mobilize action).

ECOS Organizational Guide (pdf)

In its current phase of development, ECOS is evolving its purpose through community engagement. Learning from the people we aim to serve through dialogue with stakeholders and the public helps us shape the products and services we develop, allowing us to evaluate and improve our performance.

Our purpose is to serve people and the planet by supporting innovative, informed climate action.