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Speakers & Facilitators

… of plenary keynote, breakout and summary sessions in alphabetical order.

* = Keynote Speaker

 

Trae Ashlie-Garen

Founder / Executive Mentor, Animis Philanthropic Ventures; Vision Keeper / Master Animateur, WINfinity Framework

Today, in an accelerating “age of change”, a new Leadership narrative is emerging. It’s asking us to “let go of control” to “be in service”, but what does that mean? Thrivabiity isn’t just a tool, process or even an environment… It’s an Aspiration. In this interactive session, we have the opportunity to hear from Jean Russel and Michelle Holiday – two dynamic women who have been in practice, around and through the concept of Thrivability for over a decade. Let’s dive in to explore and discover together – that HOW what we choose to look at, truly matters.

As Founder of Animis Philanthropic Ventures Inc, Trae Ashlie-Garen partners with, and mentors for, connections between Specialists in arenas of Finance, Tech and Science, and those who are active in Social Change Fieldwork. She works arm-in-arm with Mentorees and Mentors, Executives, High Net Worth Individuals, Family Run Businesses and Family Offices. The WINfinity Framework is a collective of facilitators who operate via Animis, and are dedicated to creating upstream infrastructures (via Convening) for the building up of Community as a Capacity for equitable Systems Change.

Bill Baue

Senior Director, r3.0

r3.0 Conferences started to ‘blow my mind’ a half-dozen years ago, when I served as a speaker. Since joining the r3.0 team in 2016, I’ve had the honor of curating out Conferences by synthesizing cutting-edge thinking & practice. I now learn more in a single r3.0 Conference than I did in entire years of previous work. And at this moment in history, when we face existential risks and systemic collapses, we all must focus on the most ambitious emerging transformational ideas & solutions, and let incrementalist and politically opportune actions take a back seat.

As an internationally recognized expert on ThriveAbility, Sustainability Context, and Online Stakeholder Engagement, Bill designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. A serial entrepreneur, he’s co-founder of a number of companies and initiatives: ThriveAbility Foundation, Sustainability Context Group, Convetit and Sea Change Radio. He works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Ceres, GE, Global Compact, Harvard, UNCTAD, UNEP, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute.

Michel Bauwens

Founder and Vision Coordinator, P2P Foundation

Historically, the commons has been the only human institution that has been able to create forms of value creation and distribution that stayed within the resource capacities of their territories and in reciprocity with other interdependent living beings. It is an urgent task to now achieve this at the scale of the planet. It is time to integrate commons institutions in the fabric of local, national and global governance.

Michel Bauwens is the founder and Vision Coordinator of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. Bauwens travels extensively giving workshops and lectures on P2P and the Commons as emergent paradigms and the opportunities they present to move towards a post-capitalist world. Michel is also the director of research of CommonsTransition.org. a platform for policy development aimed toward a society of the Commons and a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on the commons and economics. Three recent books, amongst which (with Vasilis Kostakis), Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy have been published in English, Dutch and French. Michel currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand and is currently finalizing a Commons Transition Plan for the city of Ghent in Belgium. (P2P Foundation. Thailand/Belgium)

Lynn Benander

President, Co-op Power

Our work on social and racial justice at Co-op Power centers on questions of governance and ownership, so I’m delighted to facilitate an interactive discussion on these issues with the global r3.0 community to identify innovative strategies for addressing these key preconditions for creating a Regenerative & Distributive Economy.

Lynn Benander builds community owner ship of sustainable energy resources to create a more just and sustainable future in New England and New York. She has worked for many years to support the development of consumer, producer, worker-owned and other locally-owned businesses that meet basic needs for energy, food, and shelter.

She has provided fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, executive search management, business planning and technical assistance consulting to hundreds of businesses in the Northeast including Northeast Biodiesel, Energia, Cabot Creamery, Collective Copies, Northeast Cooperatives, PV Squared, Hillside Organic Farm and Pizza Company, and River Valley Market. She has managed Co-op Power since 2006 and managed the Cooperative Development Institute prior to that. She enjoys figuring out how to help groups be successful in changing their world. She loves learning. She loves building networks where people can learn together about things they really care about.

Claire Bennett

Corporate Sustainability Officer, City of Kitchener

The r3.0 approach, as captured in the nature of the 2020 conference, directly aligns with my general approach to sustainability management and the movement the City of Kitchener is embracing in its strategic planning and governance work; I am invigorated to be involved in such a vital network as we work to create transformational change at the local government level.

Claire is a professional planner with extensive experience building and leading corporate and community-based sustainability programs in the public sector; she holds a master’s degree in planning from the University of Waterloo. Claire’s work has been widely recognized and she is recipient of a Canada Clean50 Emerging Leader award. As the Corporate Sustainability Officer at the City of Kitchener, Claire developed and leads the climate change program, which has been successful in leveraging both internal and external resources to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and resiliency to climate change. Claire presents and mentors regularly in the field, particularly on the topic of sustainable management systems and project financing, including academic publications on the topic.

Graham Boyd

PhD, Founder, Evolutesix

We must accelerate shifting our effort from activism to action, work ever more inclusively and regeneratively with everyone and all capitals, and focus on what really works; r3.0 is a powerful accelerator for all three.

I believe we can rise, phoenix-like, from today’s burning global challenges. All of us, and our children, can thrive in the coming decades, because we can build a regenerative global economy: an ecosystem of regenerative businesses.

To do this I apply the expertise gathered across three careers (particle physicist, manager with Procter and Gamble, serial startup founder). I incubate regenerative startups; am starting a seed stage investment fund for ecosystems of regenerative startups; consult to multi-nationals and start-ups on harnessing conflict to drive their own regeneration. The backbone is the FairShares Commons incorporation developed with Prof. Ridley-Duff (Sheffield-Hallam) integrated with sociocracy / Holacracy and developmental practices into the Evolutesix Adaptive Organisation methodology. Author of a DIY guide to ecosystems of regenerative companies (provisional title: Regenerate the economy leadership and you).

Joe Brewer

Culture Designer, Design Institute for Regenerating Earth; Co-Author, r3.0 Educational Transformation Blueprint

This is a vital moment in Earth’s history. Humanity has overshot our planetary capacity for regeneration and we must choose whether we do all we can to avoid extinction or let the destructive culture of extraction run its course without our best intentions realized. R3.0 gathers entire ecosystems of strategists and practitioners to learn together how this might be done. I’ll be there doing all I can to help!

Joe Brewer is an integrative scholar and practitioner in the field of culture design. He has worked with nonprofits and social enterprises on three continents over the last 15 years — bringing insights from complexity science, the cognitive and behavioral sciences, and study of the dynamic Earth system to strategy formulation, policy creation, and community development efforts. He is founder and executive director of the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution. Previous affiliations including being the research director for /TheRules, co-founder of Evonomics magazine, and coordinator for the creation of the Cultural Evolution Society.

Lauren Compere

Director of Shareowner Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management

Delivering Sustainable Finance will require the development of banking on a low-carbon future as well as robust shareowner engagement, areas that we at Boston Common Asset Management focus on, so I’m looking forward to stimulating provocative dialogue with the r3.0 community in this Conference.

Lauren heads Boston Common’s shareholder engagement program. She has worked in the responsible investment industry for almost 30 years and has 18 years of experience in global responsible investing. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia and a guest contributor to the Huffington Post. Ms. Compere sits on the Governing Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and previously served as Treasurer. She also serves on the Business Ethics and Systemic Risk Committee for the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).  Additionally, Lauren sits on the board of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and the Access to Nutrition Foundation where she serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee. Ms. Compere was Co-Chair of the Emerging Markets Disclosure Project (EMDP) and co-lead for the EMDP Korean team (2009-2012).

Dr. Stuart Cowan

Systems Convener, Regenerative Communities Network

As Systems Convener of the Capital Institute’s Regenerative Communities Network, I’m excited to share how we’re working with r3.0 and scores of other organizations to seed regenerative economies and cultures in bioregions around the world.

Stuart is the Systems Convener for the global Regenerative Communities Network, which is supporting 15 bioregional initiatives on 4 continents on their journeys towards implementing regenerative economies. In this role, he supports shared infrastructure around leadership, education, systems mapping, regenerative design and planning, regenerative evaluation and metrics, and access to financial capital. Stuart is Co-Founder of Autopoiesis LLC, which applies complex living systems models and frameworks to regenerate communities, ecosystems, and organizations. Stuart served as a Transaction Manager and founding team member with Portland Family of Funds, an innovative sustainable community investment fund. He was the Conservation Economy Research Director at Ecotrust, where he led the development of the Reliable Prosperity framework for a regenerative bioregion. He is the co-author with Sim Van der Ryn of Ecological Design (Island Press, 1996/2007), addressing the whole systems integration of ecology and architecture, land-use planning, and product design. He received his doctorate in Applied Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley with a focus on complex systems modeling and ecological economics. He has taught at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, U.C. Berkeley, Portland State University, and Naropa University. Stuart serves on the Global Advisory Council for the Well-Being Economy Alliance, is a Lead Steward for the SDG Transformations Forum, and is a Core Team member for Common Earth Alliance.

Stephen Davies

Managing Director, Transformation by Design

I am excited to bring this market making story to the r3.0 conference as continuing evidence of early market readiness for strongly sustainable design methods.

Mr. Davies is Managing Director of Transformation by Design, a business design consultancy, and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with 30+ years of experience. He has led business design and strategic transformation projects in organizational settings across a wide-variety of sectors including financial services, retailing, utilities, government, not-for-profit, and technology. Mr. Davies is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate school at OCAD University. He taught Strategy Development, and Business Design in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program (Master of Design) from 2014 – 2019. Mr. Davies is a Certified Master Designer and Lead Facilitator for the Team Syntegrity process invented by Professor Stafford Beer, the founder of Management Cybernetics.

Jed Davis

Director of Sustainability, Cabot Creamery Cooperative

We at Cabot have been working with Mark McElroy to operationalize the concept and practice of Context-Based Sustainability. We’re excited to share our pioneering work of embedding context across the Triple Bottom Line by using the MultiCapital Scorecard.

Jed has been involved in dairy agriculture and cooperatives his entire life. Raised on a seven-generation family dairy farm in New England, since 1991 he has held a variety of positions for Cabot Creamery Co-operative in Vermont. In 2008, Jed has appointed to direct Cabot’s sustainability practice, focused on advancing a framework for sustainability performance at the historic dairy co-op. Cabot draws inspiration from its Sustainability Credo of “Living within our means and ensuring the means to live” from cow-to-creamery-to-customer.  Cabot is proud to be certified as a B Corporation since 2012.

Morris D. Fedeli

Project Lead, THRIVE Project; University of Southern Queensland, Australia

We must heed mother nature. The impetus at this conference is for the gathering of the best minds to share and disseminate the knowledge and tools, and collaboratively foster the imperative to innovate towards thrivability.

Morris D Fedeli is a semi-retired practitioner and doctoral researcher at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, with three decades of industry experience in helping organizations achieve success through the application of new emerging innovative business models and technologies. Offering a unique Australasian perspective, with experience across three continents and degrees in science, business and project management, his research interest and passion lies in sustainable business innovation strategies for a prosperous society. He is an r3.0 Academic Alliance partner, sits on the Advisory Board of the Flourishing Enterprise Institute, and is the Project Lead for the international THRIVE Project, a not-for-profit research and educational initiative, developing tools to measure what matters most and guide humanity beyond sustainability and onto the trajectory towards thrivable transformations.

John Fullerton *

Founder & President, Capital Institute

In order to achieve a Regenerative Economy and Regenerative Culture, we need to shift to Regenerative Finance, from the global down to the bioregional level. This is a message I delivered to the r3.0 community a half-decade ago, and I’m pleased you have embraced it whole-heartedly, so I look forward to deepening this conversation, with all the developments in thinking and practice since then, at this year’s Conference.

John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer, and some have said philosopher. Building on and integrating the work of many, he is the architect of Regenerative Economics, first conceived in his 2015 booklet, Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Patterns and Principles Will Shape the New Economy.

After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John listened to a persistent inner voice and walked away in 2001 with no plan but many questions. A few months later he experienced 9-11 first hand. The questions crystalized into his life’s work with the creation of the Capital Institute in 2010 where his work reflects the rising evolutionary shift in consciousness from Modern Age thinking to Integral Age thinking. Capital Institute is dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in service to life. Guided by the universal patterns and principles that describe how all healthy living systems that sustain themselves in the real world actually work, the promise of Regenerative Economics and Finance is to unlock the profound and presently unseen potential that is the source of our future prosperity and the reason for hope in our troubled times.

During his Wall Street career, John managed numerous capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and was JPMorgan’s Oversight Committee Representative that managed the rescue of Long Term Capital Management in 2008, and finally was Chief Investment Officer for Lab Morgan before retiring from the firm. A committed impact investor, John is the Chairman of New Day Enterprises, PBC, the co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, and a board member of the Savory Institute, and Stone Acres Farm, and is an advisor to numerous sustainability initiatives. John speaks internationally to public audiences and universities, and writes a monthly blog, The Future of Finance.

Adam Garfunkel

Co-Owner, Junxion Strategy

The r3.0 community is a collection of the most insightful and far-sighted systems thinkers I have ever come across. I am a better consultant – even a better person – thanks to time spent in their company.

A passionate advocate for social change, Adam helps entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs increase their organisation’s positive impact. Adam ha spent more than a quarter of a century helping organisations plan and deliver effective strategies and communications to further social and environmental goals. Recent projects include working on Intersport’s first holistic sustainability strategy, successfully launching the UN’s Principles for Responsible Banking and helping The Body Shop become the first UK-based multinational to certify as a B Corp. Prior to becoming a consultant Adam was a pollution campaigner with Friends of the Earth and the principles of transparency and accountability underpin all his work as a ‘critical friend’ to business. Adam is a big supporter of the B Corp movement as a B Leader, B Corp Ambassador and member of the B Lab UK Regional Advisory Standards Group. He co-owns Junxion Strategy, a consultancy working at the intersection of sustainability thinking and marketing communications expertise. Junxion supports leaders to build the success stories of the next economy by helping their organisations to articulate their purpose, plan for impact, share their stories and embrace accountability.

Delphine Gibassier

Associate Professor of Accounting for Sustainable Development, Integrated Multi-Capital and Performance Research, Chair Director (Chaire de Recherche), MBA Chief Value Officer Academic Director, Audencia Business School

Social Accountability International’s Triple Bottom Line Organization Certification is an exciting development that aligns perfectly with the new Multi-Capital Integrated Performance Research Center I’m leading at Audencia University, so I’m very excited to facilitate this Interactive Breakout Session at the r3.0 Conference.

Delphine Gibassier is an associate professor at Audencia Business School with 18 years’ experience in non-financial accounting & reporting. She is an expert in accounting for sustainability. She is also the director of the Research Centre “Multi-capital Global Performance“, and the academic director of the MBA Chief Value Officer (the 1st MBA worldwide, on the topic). She researches in accounting for sustainable development and have an expertise in academia, practice and policy-making. She works and has worked with the UN Global Compact, the IIRC, WBCSD, R3.0 and CDSB, as well as the French government on carbon accounting and integrated reporting. In practice, she has developed carbon accounting, SDG accounting and integrated reporting for large companies and SMEs.
She is also associate editor of Sustainability, Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

Emilie Goodall

Financial Systems Transformation Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance

The r3.0 Sustainable Finance Blueprint offers a vital foundation for the World Benchmarking Alliance’s proposed Financial Systems Transformation benchmark, so I’m excited for the opportunity to facilitate an interactive dialogue amongst r3.0’s global community on how to turn this aspiration into reality.

Emilie joined WBA in 2020 to lead the Financial System Benchmark. She is a strong believer in finance as a force for positive impact, and has advocated for change within the financial system in various roles – by turns investor, policy maker, researcher and advisor. Prior to joining WBA she led the development impact and sustainability team at FMO, the Dutch development bank, and worked with multiple global investors on responsible and impact investing policy, strategy and implementation whilst Director of Impact+ at Bridges. There she also led impact strategy across Bridges’ funds, helping select, engage with and monitor companies’ performance. Previously, as Head of Implementation Support at the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), she led the cross-asset class team that supported PRI’s global network of investors to incorporate environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions. Earlier in her career she managed debt and equity-like investments in non-profits at the pioneering social investor CAF Venturesome, and has authored research into the impact investing market.

Emilie holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Oxford University, with post-graduate qualifications in sustainable investment, development management and financial management.

Heather Grady

Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

I welcome the opportunity to speak in this Interactive Session to share the work of the Global Commons Alliance as it fits into the larger network of initiatives addressing ecological and social sustainability thresholds, including the Global Thresholds & Allocations Council.

Heather is a Vice President in Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ San Francisco office and leads the organization’s strategy and program development in global philanthropy and systems approaches, including collaboratives, global programs, research, and publications. She drives thought leadership through efforts like the Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems initiative, which aims to fuel the placement of longer-term, responsive and adaptive resources to fund and accelerate scalable solutions that target systemic changes focused on pressing global issues. Heather also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Executive Management Program at the China Global Philanthropy Institute. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has authored numerous publications.

Heather’s philanthropic advising has been shaped in part by two decades living and working in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, managing development and humanitarian programs focused on a range of themes including climate livelihoods, education, health, agriculture and trade policy, and microfinance. Heather was previously a Vice President for Foundation Initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw an annual grantmaking budget averaging $65 million that included work on climate change, employment, and gender. Prior to that, she served as the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, a decade-long partnership between Columbia University, The Aspen Institute, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. During this period she also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Heather has a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a B.A. from Smith College. She is conversant in Chinese. She serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups including the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, the Wildlife Justice Commission, the Dropbox Foundation, Doc Society, and Forum for the Future. She has served as a member of the WEF Global Future Councils. Heather has lived in 8 very different countries on 4 continents, and appreciates the unique wisdom and expressions of generosity she has found in each of their cultures.

Jason Hickel *

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts & Senior Lecturer, University of London

Our economic system is predicated on endless expansion, and is incompatible with any vision for ecological stability.  I look forward to keynoting at the r3.0 Conference to lay out a vision for how we can achieve a just transition to a post-growth, post-capitalist economy.

Dr. Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist, author, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.  He serves on the Labour Party task force on international development, the Statistical Advisory Panel for the Human Development Report 2020, the advisory board of the Green New Deal for Europe, and on the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice.

Jason’s research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics.  His most recent book, The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Jason’s  ethnographic work focuses on migrant labour and politics in South Africa, which is the subject of his first book, Democracy as Death: The Moral Order of Anti-Liberal Politics in South Africa (University of California Press, 2015). He is co-editor of two additional ethnographic volumes: Ekhaya: The Politics of Home in KwaZulu-Natal (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2014) and Hierarchy and Value: Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order (Berghahn, 2018).

Michelle Holliday *

Author, The Age of Thrivability

I’m inspired by r3.0’s track record of pioneering work around metrics and the group’s important inclusion of context and thresholds within sustainability goals and reporting. And I’m excited to contribute perspectives on organizations and economies as living ecosystems and what that implies for new business models, new measures of success, and new means of assessing what matters.

Michelle Holliday is a consultant, facilitator, author and researcher. Her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic, self-organizing living systems. With this understanding, we recognize that we can create the fertile conditions for life to thrive at every level – for individuals, for organizations as living ecosystems, for customers, community and biosphere. To that end, Michelle brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully and effectively through their collective action. In other words, she invites people into the informed intention and practice of stewarding life.

Her research, perspectives and practical experience are brought together in the highly acclaimed book, The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World, as well as in a popular TEDx talk. She also publishes reflections regularly in her blog, Thoughts on Thrivability, and on social media.

With a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Studies, Michelle brings a diverse experience base to this work. She spent the first part of her career in brand strategy, working internationally for Coca-Cola and H.J. Heinz. The second part of her career focused on employee engagement, consulting for a range of organizations in Washington, DC. More recently, as part of the global Art of Hosting community of practice, she has designed and hosted hundreds of transformative conversations for clients and the public, from 5 to 500 people. Now, after living in 19 cities, including Moscow, London, Paris, New York and a small town in Scotland, she combines brand strategy, employee engagement, hosting and more in her home base of Montréal and around the world.

Jane Hwang *

President & CEO, Social Accountability International (SAI)

SAI’s Triple Bottom Line Certification brings the science of Context-Based Sustainability to the corporate realm, creating an opportunity to transform business models to align with ecological and social thresholds. I’m honoured to share this exciting development with the r3.0 community (and beyond).

Jane Hwang serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Social Accountability International, a global non-governmental organization advancing human rights at work. SAI’s vision is of decent work everywhere – sustained by an understanding that socially responsible workplaces benefit business while securing fundamental human rights. Since joining SAI in 2005, Hwang has led the organization to achieve significant growth and innovation, especially in corporate advisory services, training and capacity building, and public-private partnerships. Hwang co-created two of SAI’s signature programs—Social Fingerprint® and TenSquared—both highly effective ways to measure and improve management systems, worker engagement, and social performance. She has co-authored implementation guides and served on working groups for international agencies, such as the United Nations, The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). She is currently on the Strategic Roundtable of the Global Living Wage Coalition.

Having spent her early years in a rural, rice-farming village in South Korea, Jane has devoted her life and career to work that furthers global economic development and social justice. The multi-disciplinary work of SAI has given her the chance to integrate the diversity of her previous professional experiences in community affairs, behavioral sciences, medical and legal research, and corporate marketing. She earned her BA and MBA from Columbia University.

Eveline Jonkhoff *

Program Manager Amsterdam Circular, City of Amsterdam

    I’m honoured to represent Amsterdam as the first city in the world to apply the ecological ceilings and social foundations of the Doughnut framework to our strategic planning for transformation to a Circular Economy. So I will be following up what Kate Raworth presented conceptually at the 2019 r3.0 Conference with what we are actually implementing in practice.

    Eveline Jonkhoff studied Biology at the University of Amsterdam with specialisations on Environment & Society, toxicology and environmental legislation. She started her career at the City of Amsterdam in the field of waste-to-energy and sustainable development as project-leader, advisor and marketing manager. Since 2008 she worked as strategic advisor on sustainable development. And as a logical next step since 2013 with a main focus on circular economy.
    She is responsible for the Amsterdam Circular Economy program which started in 2015 with an in depth research into the potential of a circular economy. Amsterdam was awarded the World Smart City Award in 2017 based on the integrated strategy and program on circular economy.
    Recently the city launched the new integrated 5 year strategy Amsterdam Circular and the first city portrait based on Doughnut Economics.

    From 2017 to 2019 Eveline Jonkhoff was also chairing the Eurocities task force on circular economy.

    Marjorie Kelly *

    Executive Vice President & Senior Fellow, Democracy Collaborative

    When we peel back the layers of the onion, we discover ownership and governance at the core — with many problems we face caused by concentrated ownership combined with governance on autopilot. A democratic economy requires broad-based ownership and purpose-led governance. It’s a great opportunity to share my deep work on this fundamental issue at the r3.0 Conference.

    Marjorie Kelly is a leading theorist in “next-generation enterprise design,” specializing in the theory and practice of companies with embedded social mission and broad-based ownership. She cofounded Fifty by Fifty, a network initiative to catalyze 50 million employee owners by 2050. For her research on the role of capital in taking employee ownership to scale, she was named the Robert J. Beyster Research Fellow by Rutgers University. Her other work at TDC has included assisting local collaborative networks to scale employee ownership; working with community foundations on place-based impact investing; and leading The Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, a five-year project working with Native American organizations to build wealth in Indigenous communities. Kelly is coauthor of The Making of a Democratic Economy: Building Prosperity for the Many, Not Just the Few (2019, Berrett-Koehler Publishers), among other books.

    Previously Kelly was a fellow at the Tellus Institute, a 40-year-old nonprofit research organization based in Boston, where she cofounded Corporation 20/20, a multi-stakeholder initiative to envision and advocate enterprise and financial designs that integrate social, environmental, and financial aims. She has advised private businesses on ownership and capital design for social mission. She served as a member of the resource team of the Ford Foundation project WealthWorks, working for wealth creation in rural communities, and also served on the Rural Policy Development Council of Bernie Sanders.

    She was cofounder and for 20 years president of Business Ethics magazine, known for its annual ranking of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens and Social Investing Awards. Kelly has authored two other books, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution (2012) and The Divine Right of Capital, which was named one of Library Journal’s 10 Best Business Books of 2001. Her writings have appeared in many publications, including Fast CompanyStanford Social Innovation ReviewHarvard Business ReviewNew England Law ReviewChief ExecutiveBoston GlobeYes!, and San Francisco Chronicle.

    Kees Klomp

    Founding Parnter,  THRIVE Institute

    Thrive Institute is an Advocation Partner of r3.0, and as partners in purpose I already had the privilege to be part of last year’s r3.0 Conference. Without any doubt this was the conference-highlight of the year. I was inspired and engaged to the core :-). So I am looking forward to continuing to contribute in this year’s edition as well. An opportunity not to be missed to be amongst world leaders!

    Kees Klomp (1968) is an advocate of new economics in the Netherlands. After studying Political Science and Communications, Klomp worked as a commercial business consultant for the international networks BBDO, Y&R and TBWA. Since 2006 Klomp focusses solely on the development of ecologically regenerative, socially constructive business practices. Klomp wrote 5 books on this subject and is currently working on a new book THRIVE, wherein he presents a poly-centric scope of new economic thinkers and their theories. With THRIVE Institute, Klomp is working on the development of innovation in business, society and especially education.

    Tjeerd Krumpelman *

    Global Head of Advisory, Reporting & Engagement at ABN AMRO Bank

    We are supporting the r3.0 conference for the fourth time. This is the space where forward-looking thinkers meet and discuss within the frame of the Blueprints r3.0 has developed.

    Tjeerd Krumpelman is Global Head of Advisory, Reporting & Engagement at ABN AMRO. With more than 18 years of experience in the banking sector he started as a private banker, investment advisor and later on as Head of Investment teams. He is currently working within ABN AMRO Corporate Strategy & Sustainability department. He heads up a team that is responsible for ABN AMRO’s sustainability strategy, stakeholder management and integrated reporting. Their focus is on assessing materiality, integrated thinking and reporting, communication and engagement.

    Natasha Lamb *

    Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Arjuna Capital

    After presenting at the Transformation Journey Program at John Hancock in Boston, I’m energized to keynote this year’s global conference of r3.0 positive mavericks.  I will focus on Arjuna Capital’s shareholder activism work on climate change and gender and racial parity as key elements to trigger a regenerative and distributive economy.

    A leader in impact investing, Natasha works with high-net-worth individuals, families, and institutions to integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into their investments, while engaging major corporations to improve their performance through shareholder activism. Named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the “Bloomberg 50” most influential people who defined global business in 2017, Natasha was also featured on the cover of the magazine in June 2017. In 2018, she was named to InStyle magazine’s ‘The Badass 50: women who are changing the world” list and in 2019 she was honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus with the Abigail Adams Award. Natasha has been profiled in Forbes, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe, while her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as well as on NPR and CNN. In 2016, Natasha received the Upstart Business Journal Upstart 100 Award and the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum for pioneering a shareholder campaign on gender pay equity. Her 2014 landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk. Natasha is a trustee of The Food Project and Chairman of the Intentional Endowments Network. She holds an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, where she taught sustainable investing for 5 years. Natasha received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.

    Mark McElroy

    Founding Director, Center for Sutainable Organizations

    I am excited to speak at the forthcoming r3.0 conference once again because it is by far and away the most important congregation of voices in support of multicapitalism on Earth. And boy do we need it!

    Mark W. McElroy, PhD is the creator and world’s leading practitioner of Context-Based Sustainability, a pioneering implementation of the Sustainability Context principle for measuring, managing and reporting the performance of organizations. He is also co-creator of the MultiCapital Scorecard, the world’s first context- and capital-based triple bottom line (TBL) accounting method. Dr. McElroy’s innovations in the field have influenced the development of context-based tools, methods and metrics on multiple fronts, including the Science-Based Targets initiative and SAI’s Certified TBL program, a new credential for cutting-edge accounting functions.

    More recently, Dr. McElroy was appointed special advisor to the United Nations on a 4-year project to help develop a new set of context-based sustainability indicators for use by organizations around the world. He also recently unveiled an implementation of the MultiCapital Scorecard for the Doughnut Economics concept, the first context-based scorecard for use at the population or macro-economic level. He is a former KPMG partner, the Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations, and a co-founding principal of Thomas & McElroy LLC, home of the MultiCapital Scorecard.

    Laura Ortiz Montemayor

    Founder & Chief Purpose Officer, SVX Mexico

    I have been working for more than a decade to shift from our culture’s current practice of degenerative finance to regenerative finance, so I’m excited to speak with my Regenerative Communities Network colleagues and the r3.0 community about making this happen from the bioregional to the global level!

    Laura Ortiz Montemayor is a social entrepreneur, founder of SVX México, passionate about Regenerative Culture, Systems Thinking, decentralized systems, and an advocate for Impact Investing. Her life mission is to ensure that capital serves humanity. During the past years, Laura’s work has focused on driving social, economic, and environmental justice through Impact Investment capacity building, and consulting. She is also an active promoter of Sistema- B, founding member of Alianza de Inversión de Impacto México AII MX, Member of Amexcap, and founding member of ASEM: The Mexican Association of Entrepreneurs.

    Laura works to make impact investments the rule and not the exception in Mexico and aligning values with investment/ transaction decisions. She has taught impact investing and alternative structures and spoken at conferences for Amexcap, Columbia University, Universidad Anahuac, Wharton University, Mexico Impact Investment Training, EGADE, Ashoka and has mentored entrepreneurs in multiple accelerator programs.

    She worked for over 8 years in wealth and asset management in BBVA Bancomer and CitiBanamex. Laura has a degree in International Business from ITESM (Tec de Monterrey) and has additional certifications on Impact Investment from Oxford University, Venture Capital and Private Equity Seminar of RiskMathics, Investment Management training by ANDE and Behavioral Economics by NYU.

    Susan Paulson

    Co-Author, The Case for Degrowth, 2020; Professor, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida

    Attention to ways in which drives for growth reshaped life during the 20th Century, together with awareness of undesired socio-ecological consequences of growth around the world, fuel the case for degrowth in the 21st Century that I want to share with the r3.0 community.

    Susan Paulson’s research explores ways in which gender, class, and ethnoracial systems interact with biophysical environments, including bodies and landscapes. She lived for 15 years in South America, teaching graduate school and researching among Andean and Amazonian communities. At Miami University, Paulson directed Latin American Studies for 7 years, and at Lund University in Sweden helped to launch a new graduate program in Culture, Power and Sustainability. Her recent years have been dedicated to exploring degrowth and other post-development pathways.

    Janez Potocnik *

    Co-Chair of UNEP International Resource Panel and Partner Systemiq

    I look forward to speak at r3.0’s 7th international conference. I do agree with the need for a proper structure and governance for thresholds and allocations and the plans for a Global Thresholds & Allocations Council (GTAC) are worth of attention. I’m excited to speak about the UNEP IRP’s activities and views in the value & circularity section.

    Dr Janez Potočnik (1958) graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993). He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College and by Ghent University in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Finland Aalto University in 2016. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994). He was appointed Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as “shadow” Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment, his term ended on November the 1st 2014. In November 2014 he was appointed as a member and Co-Chair of International
    Resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and the RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council. In 2019 he is appointed as a Chair of Think Forest Forum.

    Martina Prox

    Sustainability Strategy, iPoint

        The collaborative spirit at r3.0’s International Conferences is always a highlight of my yearly event experience. iPoint is a proud sponsor of this year’s conference (again) and will showcase innovation in line with r3.0’s thinking in one of the market-making sessions. I’m also very exited to co-facilitate the Local Doughnut Session.

        Martina’s passion for LCA, Life Cycle Thinking and Sustainability started mid of the 1990s when she joined ifu Hamburg the Institute for Environmental IT (www.ifu.com). Today, ifu Hamburg is a member of the iPoint group and the ifu and the iPoint team work towards supporting a fully digital circular economy with their IT solutions. In 2015 Martina became a co-founder of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI) and she’s been serving as the president of the board of directors since then. In this role she’s enabling the exchange within the Life Cycle Community and beyond to encourage innovation. Beginning of 2017, the FSLCI started the advocation partnership with  Reporting 3.0 and Martina is a participant of the Amsterdam Transformation Journey Program with the target to strengthen the partnership of the two NGOs by exploring the role the Life Cycle Community could and should play on the way to a green, open and inclusive economy.

        James Quilligan *

        Managing Director, Economic Democracy Advocates

        The standard model of supply and demand was not designed to link the resources available in a region with the needs of the people who live there. That’s why I’m excited to show the r3.0 Community how computing the carrying capacity between resource thresholds and population allocations creates specific measures for monetary value that can be used directly in managing and restoring Earth’s capacity to meet the needs of people in every ecoregion.

        James Quilligan has been an analyst in the field of international economic development since 1975. From 1978-1984, he was a researcher and press secretary for the Independent Commission on International Development Issues, chaired by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. Since then, Quilligan has served as an advisor for leaders, governments and economic institutions in more than fifty countries. He has also taught economic development and managed several NGOs and United Nations agencies. Quilligan is presently Managing Director of Economic Democracy Advocates which generates research, education and training for equitable and sustainable resource management.

        Michael Quinn Patton *

        Author, Blue Marble Evaluation

        I developed the Blue Marble Evaluation approach in order to conduct in-depth evaluation of transformation, so I look forward to engaging with the r3.0 community in supporting this work on the necessary transformations for achieving a truly regenerative and distributive economy and society.

        Michael Quinn Patton is an independent evaluation consultant based in Minnesota, USA. He is former President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and author of eight major evaluation books including fourth editions of Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods used in over 500 universities worldwide. He has also authored books on Practical Evaluation, Creative Evaluation, and Developmental Evaluation: Applying Systems Thinking and Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use. He co-authored a book on the dynamics of social innovation and transformation with two Canadians entitled Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. He is recipient of the Myrdal Award for Outstanding Contributions to Useful and Practical Evaluation Practice, the Lazarsfeld Award for Lifelong Contributions to Evaluation Theory, and the 2017 Research on Evaluation Award, all from AEA. He regularly conducts training for The Evaluators’ Institute and the International Program for Development Evaluation Training. In 2018 he published books on Principles-Focused Evaluation (Guilford Press) and Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice (Sage Publications). In 2020 his new book on evaluating global systems transformations was published entitled Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles. He has also co-edited a book entitled THOUGHT WORK: Thinking, Action, and the Fate of the World (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2020).

        Manuel Riemer

        PhD, Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
        Director, Viessman Centre for Research and Engagement in Sustainability

        I look forward to being inspired by the creativity and energy of the innovators that come together at this conference with the goal of addressing some of the most urgent issues in our world today.

        Dr. Riemer is a professor of community psychology and sustainability science at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the Director of the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS) and the Community, Environment, and Justice Research Group (CEJRG). Using an inter- and transdisciplinary lens, Dr. Riemer applies community psychology principles, theories, and tools to address issues related to sustainability, including global climate change mitigation and resiliency, with a special interest in engagement and promoting a culture of sustainability in organizations and communities. This ranges from working with the owner and tenants of Canada’s first commercial net-positive energy multi-tenant office building to create a culture of sustainability, to the integration of sustainability justice into municipal climate action planning.

        Jean Russell *

        Author, Thrivability

        How do we define value, and how do we identify and nurture value flows, particularly with the goal of creating Thrivability? These are the questions I’ve been focusing on lately, so I’m excited to share my explorations and expand them with the r3.0 community.

        Jean M. Russell is a culture hacker, facilitator, and writer on a quest for a more thrivable world. As a founder of the Thrivability movement, Jean works with change agents, innovators, and new economy builders, globally. She dances between innovating theory and co-creative practice. In practice, Jean leads operations in technology startups. Most recently, she lead the the *Holo* ICO, which raised 30,000 ETH (valued at $22M at that time).

        Jean writes about lessons learned in practice and with other innovators. In 2016 with Herman Wagter, she published Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations, which explored, through leading edge practitioners, what patterns enable healthy emergence. In 2013, Jean published Thrivability: Breaking Through to a World That Works, also with Triarchy Press.
        In 2010, with 65 inspiring people, she curated, Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketchwhich has been seen by well over 30,000 viewers. She has published articles on organizational design strategies, and her work on thrivability, innovation, philanthropy, and cultural shifts has been highlighted in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

         

        She received an honorable mention on the Enrich List as one of the top 200 people enriching our path to a sustainable future. She is also listed as one of 100 women globally co-creating a P2P Society.

        Randy Sa’d

        Executive Director, REFOCUS & Flourishing Enterprise Institute

        While we lead innovation at the enterprise level, we are keen to engage in a systems-level conversation with the incredibly talented r3.0 community, through which we hope to explore new possibilities for collaboration, market testing and deepening our learning.

        Randy Sa’d is the Executive Director of REFOCUS, a ground-breaking, not-for-profit co-operative. With REFOCUS Randy collaboratively developed the Business Evolution approach and applied learning program which enables senior leaders to leverage the lens of sustainability to develop improved strategy and evolve management practices in response to accelerating global change. Randy also serves as the Acting Executive Director of the recently founded Flourishing Enterprise Institute (FEI). The FEI is an applied research institute dedicated to accelerating the development and mobilization of practical knowledge and innovative solutions that will enable all organizations and their stakeholders to flourish. As a management consultant, Randy has worked for multi-national and boutique firms and independently led a sustainability-focused practice for more than ten years.

        Magdalena Schäfer

        Future of HR for Regenerative Ecosystems, Evolutesix

        Now more than ever we have to face the truth that our known solutions are not helpful in solving the challenges we are facing today. We need transformational change to turn our ecosystems into regenerative ecosystems. The workplace is one ecosystem we can zoom into to find new ways to leverage and grow every individual’s potential.

        Magdalena Schaefer is an organisational psychologist and HR Professional. Having worked in different cultures, roles and companies – from early stage startups to growth startups and multinational corporates she has gained insights into different working cultures and settings. Together with Graham Boyd, she is currently setting up a strategy of Human Capital for the regenerative ecosystem of Evolutsix.

        Dr. Anneloes Smitsman *

        (PhD, LLM)

        Founder and CEO, EARTHwise Center

        Lead Author, r3.0 Educational Transformation Blueprint

        I am excited to speak in the education & governance section of r3.0’s conference for two reasons: EARTHwise Centre collaborates with r3.0 on the Tipping Point System Project that we initiated, and secondly we at EARTHwise Centre see r3.0 as a posterchild of a ’third way‘ solution, transforming the chasm of dualism that holds back effective transformational change. Our collaboration makes 1+1=3.

        Dr. Anneloes Smitsman (PhD, LLM) is an evolutionary systems scientist, futurist, published author, and catalyst for developing our future creative capabilities and collective leadership for a Thrivability Civilization. She is the Founder & CEO of EARTHwise Centre, holds a Masters degree in Law and Judicial Political Sciences from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and a degree of Doctor from the School of Business and Economics of the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her PhD dissertation Into the Heart of Systems Change, is gaining international traction for the innovative guidance it provides for transitioning to a Thrivability Civilisation, and for how to transform the human systemic barriers in resolving our sustainability crisis. Anneloes is the lead architect of the EARTHwise Tipping Point System (TPS), which is the practical application of her PhD research. TPS facilitates deep collaboration and transformational societal change through co-creative thrivability challenges that form part of Tipping Point Festivals and Music for Social Change Events. She has provided training, executive coaching, consultancy, and project development for the Mauritius Government, the Shift Network, UNESCO, the Mauritius Institute of Directors, LUX* Resorts & Hotels, St Regis Hotel, the Mauritius Commercial Bank, and the Indian Ocean Commission, among others. She developed the Education for Sustainability program for the Mauritius Catholic School’s Network through which she trained over 300 teachers, which served as national input for the curriculum innovation in Mauritius. Her multi-stakeholder dialogue process was adopted in 2012-2014 in 9 different countries for the UN Rio+20 civil society inputs, and she trained the SIDS (Small Island Developing States) youth leaders under UNESCO for the 2014 UN SIDS Youth inputs for the UN SDG formulations. She is a founding member of the Creative Board of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research, serves on the Board of the Global Education Futures Initiative, is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and serves as a R3.0 Advocation Partner. 

        Abby Snyder

        Sustainability Specialist, Cabot Creamery Cooperative

        Implementing the MultiCapital Scorecard at Cabot has provided a great opportunity for me to apply my background in carbon accounting in the more comprehensive and holistic setting of Context-Based Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Performance Accounting.

        Abby is currently a Sustainability Specialist at Cabot Creamery Co-operative in Waitsfield, Vermont. Prior to that, Abby was a Sustainability Consultant at Dairy Management Inc. Abby graduated with a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale in 2018. At Yale, she focused on global food security and sustainability. Abby served as a US Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia and as a Natural Resource Management US Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. While living in Washington, D.C., she worked for a social enterprise and an environmental non-profit. She spent the summer of 2017 as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow working on food security and sustainability initiatives with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. During summer 2018, she was a Corporate Partnerships Fellow at WWF in Singapore. 

        Beth Stratford

        Fellow, New Economics Foundation

        There is a growing awareness that we can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet, but so far too little understanding of what is required to actually end our dependence on growth. I’m looking forward to sharing thoughts on this topic with others in the r3.0 community.

        Beth Stratford is a fellow at the New Economics Foundation, a co-founder of the London Renters Union and an ESRC-funded PhD student at the University of Leeds.

        Her PhD thesis builds the case for diffusing rentier power as we move into a resource constrained and growth constrained future. Outside of academia Beth has focussed on proposals for tackling rent-seeking and rent extraction in the land and housing market. These are set out in Land For The Many, a report she co-authored for the Labour Party.

        Beth has enjoyed lecturing at MSc level on the case for overhauling our housing, land and monetary systems, and has a background working as a campaigner on climate change and financial reform. She is a member of the Post-Growth Economics Network, and Wellbeing Economy Alliance’s research fellows network.

        Prof. Harald Sverdrup *

        Professor of System Dynamics, Innland Norway University

        The World7 simulation model that builds on the Limits to Growth line of inquiry intersects with r3.0’s work on resource threshold and population allocations, so I’m excited to present this work that provides and projects data on how we’re crossing our carrying capacities.

        Harald is an expert in system analysis and system dynamic with 30 years of experience. He has built a number of internationally used environmental and sustainability assessment models including the WORLD7 model built upon the foundations of the original WORLD3 model used in the Limits to Growth decoration studies.  He has evaluated world natural resources availability and more recently their link to economics.

        Ralph Thurm

        Managing Director, r3.0

        As we are celebrating the 7th International r3.0 Conference I feel we are reaching a tipping point in various ways. The family of r3.0 Blueprints is starting to look rather complete, the conference structure has now been decided upon for a number of years, and the r3.0 World Progress Report will be a formidable next chance to consolidate and present r3.0’s concise framing, becoming a landmark yearly assessment of the state of the world from a systemic perspective. It means great fulfilment, and is met with humbleness on what I am able to contribute personally to achieving a regenerative & distributive economy.

        Ralph Thurm is one of the leading international experts for sustainable innovation and strategy as well as sustainability and integrated reporting. He is co-initiator, content curator and facilitator of the r3.0 Platform, worked as Director of Engagement for GISR and co-founder of the ThriveAbility Foundation. Earlier, Ralph Thurm held positions as Head of the Sustainability Strategy Council at Siemens, COO of the Global Reporting Initiative and Director of Sustainability & Innovation at Deloitte. Ralph was involved in the development of all four generations of the GRI Guidelines. Furthermore Ralph works in and supports many networks for sustainable innovation as a valued partner and is a member of various Boards and Jury’s. His blog A|HEAD|ahead is a respected source and input for many international discussions.

        Cécile van Oppen

        Co-Founder, Copper8

        We need to transform our economy to one that is circular and sustainable, using the resources that are actually available to us. I look forward to serving as a ‘Provocateur’ alongside Harald Sverdrup to explore the implications of sustainable resource availability.

        Cécile is co-founder of Copper8, a niche consultancy focused on accelerating the circular economy. Convinced that the Circular Economy requires more than technical innovation, Copper8 focuses on redesigning supply chain incentives in order to reward circular decision making. Cécile is author of two books on the Circular Eocnomy.

        Greg Watson *

        Director of Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

        My search for solutions for leveling the economic playing field while improving the overall quality of the environment led me to the work of Buckminster Fuller. I look forward to sharing plans to re-tool and deploy Bucky’s World Game™ Workshop – a global simulation that can help us discover the critical path leading to a world that works for all passengers aboard Spaceship Earth.

        Greg Watson is Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. His work currently focuses on community food systems and the dynamics between local and geo-economic systems. Watson has spent nearly 40 years learning to understand systems thinking as inspired by Buckminster Fuller and to apply that understanding to achieve a just and sustainable world.

        In 1978 Watson organized a network of urban farmers’ markets in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area. He served as the 19th Commissioner of Agriculture in Massachusetts under Governors Dukakis and Weld from 1990 to 1993 and under Governor Deval Patrick from 2012 to 2014. During the Patrick administration he launched a statewide urban agriculture grants program and chaired the Commonwealth’s Public Market Commission, which oversaw the planning and construction of the Boston Public Market.

        From 1984 to 1990 Watson served as Assistant Secretary in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs, where he established and chaired the Massachusetts Office of Science and Technology. In 1988 he presented a paper entitled “Preparing Policymakers To Address the Problem of Climate Change” at the Second North American Conference on Preparing for Climate Change in Washington, D.C.

        Watson gained hands-on experience in organic farming, aquaculture, wind-energy technology, and passive solar design at the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod, first as Education Director and later as Executive Director. He served as the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust and was Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a multicultural grassroots organizing and planning organization for which he initiated one of the nation’s first urban agriculture programs.

        In 2005 he coordinated the drafting of “A Framework for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the United States” and the following year founded the U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative. He served on President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Department of Energy transition team in 2008. In 2015 he founded the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network (CUSAN) following a trip to Cuba to learn about its agroecology system. CUSAN links small farmers and sustainable farm organizations in both countries to share information and provide mutual support.

        Dr. Allen White *

        Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute

        Almost two decades after the Global Reporting Initiative introduced the Sustainability Context Principle, corporations continue to transgress ecological, social, and economic thresholds and allocations.  Multiple planetary crises are exposing the inadequacies of extant global corporate governance institutions.  The urgency to launch the Global Thresholds and Allocations Council has never been greater.

        Allen White is Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute. In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative and served as its CEO until 2002. In 2004, he co-founded Corporation 20/20, an initiative focused on redesigning corporations to sustain social mission.  Dr. White has been engaged by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the UN Foundation and numerous Fortune 500 companies. He has held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University, and Battelle Laboratories, and he is a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru. He is a 2018 Medal Laureate of the Society for Progress, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

        Dr. White has served on boards, advisory groups, and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, Civic Capital, Instituto Ethos (Brazil), the New Economy Network, the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,  Business for Social Responsibility and r3.0.  He was the  principal architect of Ceres’ pioneering standardized environmental reporting framework in early 1990’s.  He has published and spoken widely on corporate redesign, governance and accountability.

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