Our mission is to bring multisolving to its full potential​

The Possibility

Multisolving is when one investment of time or money solves many problems at once. Multisolving…

The Obstacles

Despite its power, multisolving is still the exception, not the rule. Many decision makers lack:

Our Team

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Stephanie McCauley Chief Operations Officer, Research Director
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Cassandra Breeze Ceballos Engagement Coordinator

Our Story

The idea of multisolving was developed by Dr. Elizabeth Sawin while she was the Co-Director of Climate Interactive; our research and training about multisolving was carried out as the Multisolving Program at Climate Interactive until the founding of the Multisolving Institute in 2022. As Dr. Sawin explains in her 2019 TEDx talk, multisolving emerged out of Climate Interactive’s engagement with the UN climate talks. As a leader of Climate Interactive’s analysis of pledges made by countries to reduce their climate pollution, Dr. Sawin felt frustrated by the limitations of the narrow focus of the climate talks on greenhouse gas pollutants.

That opened a new front of research at Climate Interactive: what else would improve around the world if countries truly transitioned away from fossil fuels? From improvements in air quality to energy security we documented many co-benefits of climate action, and incorporated some of them into Climate Interactive’s well known computer simulation, En-ROADS.
But, the multiple benefits of actions to protect the climate remain mostly theoretical without ways of overcoming the obstacles to multisolving. That’s why, from the beginning of our work we have collaborated with others to understand the bright spots of multisolving around the world and to pilot multisolving approaches. First in Milwaukee in partnership with the Milwuakee Metropolitan Sewerage District and then in Atlanta, with Partnership for Southern Equity, we began to see what was possible by bringing the different parts of a system together in pursuit of actions and investments that lifted up many goals at once.
From this action research, along with a series of case studies of multisolving projects, we began to see attitudes and approaches that are in common across a wide diversity of multisolving projects, a topic we wrote about in Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Then came 2020. Pandemic. Escalating climate change impacts. Dire warnings about biodiversity loss. And more and more folks connecting the dots between each of these issues and structural inequity. Invitations to write, speak, and teach about multisolving came fast and furious and with it the possibility that what we’ve learned from multisolving bright spots could help support leaders around the world to respond to crises with multisolving. That spark led to the launch of the Multisolving Institute and our mission of supporting leaders as they pursue multisolving approaches.

Our Values

Systems Thinking

We work with interconnection instead of against it, design for feedback loops and tipping points, and help small seeds grow to big changes.

Learning

We know we can’t control complexity, but we can learn from and within it, and we commit to share what we learn – from success and mistakes.

Flexibility & Preparedness

The Multisolving Institute will emerge and grow during a volatile period marked by climate change, the pandemic, and the economic and political impacts of both. We are designing our operations and strategy to be as effective as possible even in the face of destabilizations.

Equity and Justice

We commit to address structural inequity wherever we can, within our organization, in our partnerships, in our analysis, and in the wider word.

Our Partners

We are deeply grateful to many partners, including those who helped support the initial seeds of our work, thought partners, funders, and collaborators. Like multisolving projects, multisolving research, training, and communications can only happen in collaboration.

Dr. Elizabeth Sawin

The idea of multisolving was developed by Dr. Elizabeth Sawin while she was the Co-Director of Climate Interactive; our research and training about multisolving was carried out as the Multisolving Program at Climate Interactive until the founding of the Multisolving Institute in 2022. As Dr. Sawin explains in her 2019 TEDx talk, multisolving emerged out of Climate Interactive’s engagement with the UN climate talks.

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Stephanie McCauley

Stephanie McCauley is our Chief Operating Officer and Research Director. Stephanie has coordinated research in areas including UNFCCC pledges, a global scan on multisolving for climate and health, and a US scan for multisolving on climate mitigation and adaptation while part of the multisolving project at Climate Interactive. Stephanie holds a MS in Health Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently serves on the Green Ribbon Advisory Committee, which provides sustainability guidance for Greenville, SC. scmccauley@multisolving.org

Cassandra Breeze Ceballos

Cassandra Breeze Ceballos serves as the Multisolving Institute’s Engagement Coordinator. Prior to joining the Institute, Cassandra worked as the multisolving program coordinator at Climate Interactive for several years. Cassandra has also held positions at The Corps Network and the Montgomery County Conservation Corps. Born and raised on St. Croix in the USVI, Cassandra is passionate about environmental justice and equity. A first-generation college student, Cassandra studied Economics and Sociology at the University of Richmond on a merit scholarship. Cassandra lives with a cat, Nutmeg, in Baltimore, MD, and enjoys local music, art, and volunteering. cbceballos@multisolving.org

That opened a new front of research at Climate Interactive: what else would improve around the world if countries truly transitioned away from fossil fuels? From improvements in air quality to energy security we documented many co-benefits of climate action, and incorporated some of them into Climate Interactive’s well known computer simulation, En-ROADS.

But, the multiple benefits of actions to protect the climate remain mostly theoretical without ways of overcoming the obstacles to multisolving. That’s why, from the beginning of our work we have collaborated with others to understand the bright spots of multisolving around the world and to pilot multisolving approaches. First in Milwaukee in partnership with the Milwuakee Metropolitan Sewerage District and then in Atlanta, with Partnership for Southern Equity, we began to see what was possible by bringing the different parts of a system together in pursuit of actions and investments that lifted up many goals at once.

From this action research, along with a series of case studies of multisolving projects, we began to see attitudes and approaches that are in common across a wide diversity of multisolving projects, a topic we wrote about in Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Then came 2020. Pandemic. Escalating climate change impacts. Dire warnings about biodiversity loss. And more and more folks connecting the dots between each of these issues and structural inequity. Invitations to write, speak, and teach about multisolving came fast and furious and with it the possibility that what we’ve learned from multisolving bright spots could help support leaders around the world to respond to crises with multisolving. That spark led to the launch of the Multisolving Institute and our mission of supporting leaders as they pursue multisolving approaches