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7th International r3.0 Conference 2020

Redesign for a Regenerative & Distributive Economy: Closing Systemic Gaps

A Virtual Global Conference from 8th to 11th of September 2020

Presentations from all speakers can be found on the Agenda Page. Videos and Photos can be accessed on the Gallery Page.

About the Conference

r3.0 is pleased to announce its 7th international conference, on 8th to 11th of September 2020, strategically placed right after the summer break in Europe/North America, to help set a sufficiently ambitious tone for the fall/winter conference season ...

As 2020 is often called a ‘make-or-break’ year – a half-decade after the 2015 Paris Accord and the start of the SDGs – the r3.0 International Virtual Conference from 8th to 11th of September offers a framework for redesigning our economy around the principles of regeneration and distribution. This framework is based around the r3.0 work ecosystem: the family of 9 interlinked Blueprints, 5 already developed, and 2 to be released and 2 initiated at this conference; 6 prior r3.0 conferences; the networks of our Academic Alliance and Advocation Partners; our Research and Test Lab collaborations, and our Global Thresholds & Allocations Council initiation. We feel uniquely positioned to gather world-class “game-changing and mind-blowing” speakers in a highly interactive “sleeves-rolled-up” working conference setting.

Due to the event and travel restrictions of Covid-19 the conference is moved to be an online event with reduced price structures and a prolonged agenda from 2 to 4 days in total, ensuring maximum possible interaction. Also, an adapted timing of the sessions will allow participation in more time zones, globally.

Conference Structure

The conference tagline – Redesign for a Regenerative & Distributive Economy: Closing Systemic Gaps – responds to the increasingly dramatic failure of our current economy design, as evidenced by decades of scientific data. At r3.0, we call this the ‘Triple-E-Failure’ in economy, ecology and education – root causes that lead to social stress on all fronts, as symptoms of these failures ...

Over the years, r3.0 has delivered a work ecosystem that puts often overlooked puzzle pieces into place, and connects the dots between data, accounting, reporting, business model design, finance, value cycles, education, governance and funding, bringing this all into one Transformation Journey Program.

The conference structure is divided into four major focus-areas associated with the mindset shifts necessary for redesign to a regenerative and distributive economy. These interlinked elements correspond to the primary streams in the r3.0 work ecosystem, which we believe need to be addressed holistically and simultaneously in order to trigger a systemic transformation. These four areas requiring significant gap closures are:

    • Science & Behaviour: The intersection of thermodynamic science and social sciences, particularly on ecological and social thresholds and allocations, with the mindset shifts needed to shift from a growth obsessed monocapitalist economy to a regenerative and distributive multicapitalist economy.
    • Finance & Growth: Economic growth theory embraced by Nobel Laureate William Nordhaus advocates for “optimal” global warming of 3.5C – a recipe for triggering a tipping point into hothouse Earth! r3.0 will release the Sustainable Finance Blueprint in this segment and discusses a financial market complementarity serving a regenerative & distributive economy.
    • Value & Circularity: What is value – is it synonymous with money, or does it encompass a much broader expression that aligns with regenerative & distributive economy design? And how can we align a circular economy with a sustainable economy to ensure system value creation (beyond the current fad of impact valuation). r3.0 will release the Value Cycles Blueprint in this segment.
    • Governance & Education: What new global, regional and local governance is needed to allow a regenerative & distributive economy to come into fruition, and how can shifts in funding priorities support the emergence of a regenerative & distributive economy? How must education transform to support the emergence of regenerative cultures? This focus-area will initiate work on the last two Blueprints in the second generation of r3.0 Blueprint development – the Governments / Mulilaterals / Foundations Blueprint and the Educational Transformation Blueprint – setting the stage for r3.0 to enter a full adaptation cycle for its Blueprints in 2021.

Each of these areas will be addressed in an online plenary panel of 1.5 hours length on September 8 and will then be deepened in 3-hour interactive sessions on September 9, 10 and 11 (see the program for more detail).  These highly interactive sessions will be focused around the pace, scale and scope of the necessary change.

Here’s the full picture of the 4 sections the conference will cover:


Selected Speakers

r3.0 is known for its high-level keynote speakers. The 2020 edition will be no different. Please find a full list of this year’s speakers and facilitators that will lead the breakouts in the speaker overview.

* = Keynote Speaker

Michelle Holliday *

Author, The Age of Thrivability

Jane Hwang *

President & CEO, Social Accountability International (SAI)

Natasha Lamb *

Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Arjuna Capital

Janez Potocnik *

Co-Chair of UNEP International Resource Panel and Partner Systemiq

Dr. Allen White *

Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute