Welcome to the
Cooling Economy

Earth's atmosphere viewed by astronauts on International Space Station on July 31, 2011.

Time. Temperature. Capital.

Our species is running out of time. As we grow our wealth every day, the climate temperature increases. Each of us must now begin by becoming innovators and engage in cooling our personal lifestyles contributing to growing wealth creation in a cooling economy. This is the most timely path forward for humanity.

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Cooling our home planet is orders of magnitude easier today than after the next climate tipping point.

Climate temperature should no longer increase if we are to mitigate the catastrophic future for generations to come.

A cooling economy ends the curse of the Midas Touch, wherein everything capital touches, it heats the climate.

“There is the potential of finding a new, cleaner, more efficient and more attractive form of growth, with better health and less pollution, in which case the apparent ‘costs of action’ may turn out to be negative. In this sense, for many parts of the story of transition we should think of action in terms of investment and innovation rather than cost. The successes in innovation in the past decade suggest this optimistic scenario may not only be a possibility, but perhaps a probability.”

Nicholas Stern and Joseph Stiglitz in "The Economics of Immense Risk, Urgent Action and Radical Change: Towards New Approaches to the Economics of Climate Change" (2022)


Making the

Evolving a Cooling Economy:

Accelerating Global Progress on a Paris-Aligned Pathway

Climate change offers humanity an 'once in an evolution' opportunity in the lifetimes of current and future generations to innovate our way into ensuring human survival by capitalizing on the unprecedented opportunity for flourishing latent human potential that can only evolve during climate changes.

Since the current onset of climate change follows the unprecedented growth of human potential from the advent of agriculture, industrial and information revolutions that humanity is more prepared than ever to realize its next level of evolutionary potential, as long as we are able to avoid the collapse of the civilization.

Humanity's transition to the cooling economy embodies ecological feedback at evolutionary scale creates novel opportunities for timely innovations to continue life on earth.


Imagine a day in our lives that adds zero increase to our home planet’s climate temperature. The Zero Degree Collaboratory is creating safe, innovative, entrepreneurial research and practice spaces. We are developing processes, methods and algorithms to create and track climate temperature reduction as the new economic asset. This new value creation will be the performance index of prosperity in the cooling economy.



Zero Degree Collaboratory community of scholar practitioners are engaged in prototyping of the cooling economy that regenerates the relationship between time, temperature, and capital. 


Together, we are developing algorithms for linking human bodily and socio-economic metabolic processes with climate temperature thermodynamically to generate  essential direct feedbacks for scholar practitioners at the Zero Degree Labs and field sites so that they can innovate and measurably transition their Zero Degree time and capital allocations in the cooling economy.


The Zero Degree Collaboratory nurtures climate change frontliners by inviting them to innovate, prototype and share their cooling economy project findings at Zero Degree Labs. We are currently inviting the next generation of climate frontliners who are currently high school students to form Zero Degree Laboratories at their high school to begin prototyping the cooling economy in collaboration with Zero Degree Platform.

ZDC Founding Inspiration and Invitation to the Frontline High School Student Scholar Practitioners and Frontline Philanthropic Climate Impact Investors 

> Read ZDC Synopsis


Zero Degree Collaboratory:

Home of Climate Frontliners of the Cooling Economy organized within Zero Degree Labs and Zero Degree Platform

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Ming Wei Koh, PhD

Shawon Rahman, PhD

Gregory Paul

Scott Laaback

Carly Wyman

Center for Getting Things Started

and University of Hawaii at Hilo

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Research-Creation and Speculative Intercessing

Erik Bordeleau, PhD

GCAS College

Global Center for Advanced Studies, Dublin





 Advance Studies 

 University of Hawaii 





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Zero Degree Collaboratory 

Syed Shariq, PhD

Neeraj Sonalker, PhD

Thomas George, PhD

Melissa Vo

Kozmetzy Global Collabortory and Center for Design Research, 

Stanford University



 of California 

 Santa Cruz 

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Ecosystem Organizing
Team and Fellows

Katie Roper

Hilary Asher

Everett Program Alumnae

University of California,

Santa Cruz

“To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone.”

- Buckminster Fuller


Climate Science

Pertinent climate change research and guiding scholarship.

Professor Alvin Roth

Nobel Laureate

Victor M. Yakovenko


Eric Posner and Glen Weyl


Elinor Ostron

Nobel Laureate

Jean-Pierre Dupuy

Social and Political Philosophy 

  • Mourning the Future > Read

  • Economy and the Future: A Crisis of Faith > Read

Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

United Nations


Daniel Hartley

English and American Literature and Culture 

Srinivas Aravamudan

English, Literature, and Romance Studies 

Werner Herzog

Film Director  

David Spratt and Ian Dunlop


Kate Marvel

Climate Scientist

  • We Should Never Have Called It Earth > Read

Hothouse Earth

It is either a Hothouse Earth or a "Cool house" Earth that sustains human life

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“Can we say that this is a community, or do we merely dwell together to make money from each other?”

- T.S. Eliot


Greetings climate frontliners: student scholar practitioners, educators and impact investors. We would welcome the opportunity to collaborate and learn more about you. Please introduce yourself.”

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