Paris Climate 2015: Make It Work

Getting ready to negotiations or a conference on a complex issues? Anticipating gridlocks and disagreements? See, how they dealt with it at Make It Work.

Client Introduction

Make It Work (MIW) was a four-day simulation of the UN Climate Conferences running from May 28 to May 31, 2015. It was organized by a leading political science and international affairs university Institute d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po – Paris) and gathered over 200 students from all over the world in Nanterre-Amandiers, France.


The MIW simulation organized by a world leading researchers in sustainability and international affairs aimed at renovating the UN negotiations model. In order to boost the efficiency of their work, negotiators and organizers required tools for real-time feedback and mechanisms for resolving potential gridlocks.

D21 solution

During the MIW, D21 used a range of different techniques, which included simple polls to measure participants' satisfaction with the potential outcomes and the responsiveness of their colleagues. In the course of the negotiations, D21 team also constructed a number of advanced polls to help negotiators identify points of agreement and disagreement on controversial questions.


The results of the polls were used to facilitate a dialogue during the negotiating sessions. They were presented to the participants in real-time with an explanation from the D21 representative. A breakdown analysis of positive and negative votes immediately highlighted the opportunities for further negotiations and showed points of disagreement that required extra work and/or reframing.

Sciences Po proved that the climate agreement is reachable, D21 made sure it’s as consensual as possible!


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Evaluation of the different models of resolving conflicts over natural resources

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