Cutting carbon use depends on changing social norms and behaviour as much as technology.
Although Black, Indigenous and people of colour have been shown to do more with less resources, government funding to bolster social and economic innovation doesn't tend to reach these communities.
Necessity and desperation are portrayed as the prime motivators of innovative behaviour, but in reality, stability and holistic incentives go a long way to freeing up creative energy.
To become a successful innovator, follow Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi and today's female social entrepreneurs -- focus on ideas and social value, not money.
Civic intelligence describes what happens when people work together to address problems efficiently and equitably. It could help address many societal challenges.