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COP21 vs. POC21

It’s likely you’ve heard of the upcoming COP21, but have you heard of the POC21? POC21 stands for Proof of Concept 21 and was set up as a temporary innovation camp run over several weeks earlier this year at a castle not far from Paris. Purposely contrasting COP21, hundreds of designers, engineers, and scientists gathered to demonstrate their prototype solutions for a fossil-free society. Adrian Smith, a professor of technology and society from the University of Sussex says that maybe focusing on policy isn’t the most important, and perhaps it’s more important to increase connections between various grassroots initiatives.

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