“The higher the goals that an organization sets, and climate mitigation is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious we can now think about, the more energizing the process becomes. We have observed that backcasting from the future to today, imagining breakthrough solutions rather than incremental gains which build from the present, allows all sorts of organizations to free themselves from historical constraints and fears towards the existing ‘immunological systems’ that resist structural change. Focusing on future possibilities, people become more open, inclusive, collaborative and optimistic, thus increasing their capacity as agents of change,” says Javier Creus, Founder and CEO of Ideas for Change, and the creator of the Pentagrowth methodology.
“Our vision is a wholesome health system, a medicine in which employees work in healthy working conditions through meaningfulness, holism and personal responsibility. This is essential for being able to put patients in the centre of attention in a genuine way. This is what we are working on and we want to think outside the box together in order to learn from inspiring institutions and good practice from different areas of life,” says Helene von Bremen in our interview about their congress New Work Medizin.
“Handprint is a measure of what we can do individually, and together, to restore the balance between consumption and the planet’s carrying capacity,” says Nataša Božjak, Advisor at the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development, as we speak about Biodiversity, Education, Regenerative Agriculture and Renewable Energies.
“Developed countries must share their knowledge and technology with developing countries, helping them to set up green technologies,” says Dr. Martin Baitz, director of content at thinkstep, a Sphera company, as we speak about carbon offseting, disseminating clean technologies and evolving social equity.
“To keep the intellectual property with the developer is of great importance for Agorize,” say Lisa Leibold and Aurélie Wen from Agorize in Canada, as we speak about open innovation and hackathons as a service against the background of one of their latest projects, the “Discover AI challenge: Sustainable Life” for Microsoft Canada.
“To apply clean technologies at equal eye level, it is important to promote and establish guidelines for the transfer of knowledge and technology between developed and developing countries,” says Vanessa Bolivar, drawing perspectives from her participation at the recent UN global climate summit COP24 in Katowice, which will be followed by the conference in Chile this year.
“It begins with an ethos of responsibility for the whole — to mimic nature’s quest to give back more than it takes. We must accept our role as contributing members of a larger system and allow that ethos to inform our day-to-day decisions,” says Dakota Walker, associate project manager and research analyst at Terrapin Bright Green, where he helps to develop advanced resource use strategies that align the built environment with the natural environment.
“The Local Levelised Costs of Energy is a new metric to help communities determine if the local sustainable energy system is a financially viable alternative to the cost of current centralised energy generation, compare long-term costs between approaches as well as demonstrate the value of smart grids,” say Maarja Meitern and Rolf Bastiaanssen as they highlight the relevance of such a new comparative basis in support of the equitable development of sustainable energy systems.
“I am determined to help facilitate renewable energy projects and technology to connect and empower communities,” says Dr. Jemma Green, Cofounder & Chairman at Power Ledger, where she engages to put people at the centre of our energy future using blockchain systems.