Welcome to the

cooler 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. Everyday we grow the capital and wealth while the climate temperature increases. Each of us must now begin by becoming innovators and engage in cooling our personal lifestyles contributing to growing the capital and wealth creation in a cooler economy. This is the quickest timely path forward for humanity.

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

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

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

      "The idea of climate change should be seen as an intellectual resource around which our collective and personal identities and projects can form and take shape. We need to ask not what we can do for climate change, but to ask what climate change can do for us... Because the idea of climate change is so plastic, it can be deployed across many of our human projects and can serve many of our psychological, ethical, and spiritual needs."

– Mike Hulme, Why We Disagree About Climate Change


Making the



Climate Conscious Planetary Economy:

A Zero Degree Cooler Economy and Global Cultural Shift

Climate change offers humanity a rare 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 the humanity is more prepared than ever to realize its next level of evolutionary potential by engaging in addressing the climate change, as long as we are able to avoid the collapse of the civilization.

Humanity's transition to the cooler economy that 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 in our planet’s temperature? We call it a Zero Degree Day. Zero Degree Day doesn’t exist yet. But we can get there starting with Reduced Degree Days. The Zero Degree Collaboratory is creating a safe space for citizens to innovate. We are developing processes, methods and algorithms to create and track Reduced Degree Days and Zero Degree Days as the new assets of the cooler economy. The initial challenge is to get to 7.6 billion Zero Degree Days, i.e. one Zero Degree Day per person, the quickest, so we can demonstrate a cooler economy is realizable.



This initiative is led by Principal Investigators Syed Shariq, PhD and Thomas George, PhD at the Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory at Stanford, along with Neeraj Sonalker, PhD at Center for Design Research at Stanford. 

Zero Degree Collaboratory nurtures innovators who are sensitive about themselves and the world, inviting them to innovate, develop, practice, share and evolve their Zero Degree Prototypes, through their participation in the prototyping collective. 

In the cooler economy, the Zero Degree Indices that we will co-create through value conscious economic prototyping activities will substitute for the current financial indicators such as GDP, S&P 500, DOW Jones etc.
These new indices will resonate with the value that society is yearning for and would readily support through their investment of capital and time.
This value creation will serve as the foundation of Universal Basic Assets.

Founders’ Inspiration & Invitation to the Frontline Philanthropic Climate Impact Investors 

> Read



Zero Degree Collaboratory community of value-conscious practitioners are engaged in prototyping of the cooler economy that regenerates the relationship between time, temperature, and capital.

Together, we will develop algorithms for linking human bodily and socio-economic metabolic processes with climate temperature thermodynamically, and using such algorithms to generate much needed essential direct feedbacks to practice innovators and participants at the field sites so that they can innovate and measurably transition their Zero Degree time and capital allocations towards accelerating the cooler economy.

Ecosystem Organizing

Team & Fellows

Katie Roper

Hilary Asher

Everett Program Alumnae

University of California,

Santa Cruz





Research-creation & speculative intercessing

Erik Bordeleau, PhD

Global Center for Advanced Studies










Collaboratory for Frontline Philanthropic Climate Impact Investors

Syed Shariq, PhD

Neeraj Sonalker, PhD

Thomas George, PhD

Melissa Vo

Kozmetzy Global Collabortory &

Center for Design Research

Stanford University

 University of Hawaii 







Ming Wei Koh, PhD

Shawon Rahman, PhD

Gregory Paul

Scott Laaback

Carly Wyman

Center for Getting

Things Started &

University of Hawaii at Hilo

“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 frontline climate impact investors, including Generation Z students. We would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you.  Please introduce yourself.

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