By Timothy Carter

It’s always interesting to consider how the outcomes of the Summit matched our intended design. While we were thrilled that Paul Hawken was kicking off the event, I underestimated the impact that Drawdown would have on the conversations that followed throughout the next couple of days. It really set everyone’s thinking on the right creative edge so that the following discussions were rich and engaging. An additional lesson from Drawdown is that solutions to global warming are diverse and sometimes surprising, which is why we need to get outside of our sector and connect with our communities to accelerate action. This thread was carried through to the closing panel when five leaders launched UC3 as a new model for research institutions to drive cross-sector and place-based climate action. I’m excited to see how these types of starting points translate into progress that we can then share with each other when we come back together in 2019.