Laur Hesse Fisher is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence, where she manages Climate CoLab, a project that explores how new digital technologies can help harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people to help address large societal problems, starting with climate change. The project involves a quickly growing community of more than 75,000 people around the world who use Climate CoLab’s online platform. The platform allows anyone with an Internet connection to work with world-renowned experts and knowledgeable others to develop detailed proposals for how to address climate change. Fisher has worked for various municipalities, startups, and nonprofit organizations in a wide range of fields related to climate change, including carbon management and reporting, municipal recycling, renewable energy, community engagement, green buildings and education. She is an American citizen, and also has worked in Canada, Sweden and New Zealand. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a self-designed degree, titled "Engaging Sustainability as an Innovative Process.”