Round table on Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation

Roundtable on Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation

8-11 March 2020 – Dubrovnik

Co-convened by

  • Club of Rome Project on Emerging New Civilization Initiative (ENCI)
  • WAAS-UN Project on Global Leadership in the 21st C. (GL-21) and Future Capital Initiative (FCI)
 

Background and Rationale

Both Club of Rome and the World Academy of Art and Science are engaged in major projects that envision transformation of global society as an essential condition for addressing pressing global challenges and evolution toward a sustainable global society. COR is engaged in projects to address both short-term emergency measures to address climate change, financing of the SDGs, and long-term movement toward a new civilization. WAAS is collaborating with the United Nations Office in Geneva on strategies to promote Global Leadership in the 21st Century at a time when the world confronts a global leadership vacuum and retreat from multilateralism. WAAS is also collaborating with the UN Office of Partnerships and UNCTAD in New York on the Future Capital Initiative (FCI) on strategies to finance the SDGs.

There is considerable agreement on what has to change (e.g. collective behavior change that causes unsustainable production and consumption patterns, climate emergencies or biodiversity loss) and some agreements about the need for accelerating change in consciousness (from mindshifts to paradigm shifts to an inquiry into emerging new civilizations). But there are many institutional actors who have not yet recognized the importance of process and are preoccupied with where and what rather than how. Rarely do discourses and knowledge exchange focus on this how of approaching and (collectively) leading (small and) large systems change across the boundaries of institutions, nations, cultures and mindsets.

This workshop intends to fill this gap by focusing on how we can consciously accelerate social transformation. There is an urgent need to understand how best to design, steward and lead transformative change process that accelerates collective behavior changes and structures towards widespread adoption and implementation of a global sustainability paradigm.

The purpose of the suggested workshop is to

  • Bring together thought leadership and collective action approaches to designing and leading transformative change processes.
  • Create a knowledge exchange around transformative large systems change designs and put the topic of the how of sustainability transformation on the global agenda.

Workshop flow and purpose:

  • Setting the scene for “Leading transformative pathways towards a regenerative civilization”
  • The future vision: Patchwork elements of regenerative civilizations
  • Pathways of the past: Historical experiences of consciously accelerating systems transformations
  • Pathways of the present: Appreciation of existing ways of leading transformative change towards future pathways
  • Pathways to the future (I): Methodologies for supporting and accelerating (collective) leadership towards transformative pathways
  • Pathways to the future (II): leadership challenges--catalyzing transformations
  • Collective Practice: How can COR, WAAS and other collaborating organizations contribute to accelerating transformative pathways?

Roundtable on Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation

8-11 March 2020 – Dubrovnik

Co-convened by

  • Club of Rome Project on Emerging New Civilization Initiative (ENCI)
  • WAAS-UN Project on Global Leadership in the 21st C. (GL-21) and Future Capital Initiative (FCI)

Agenda

Sunday 8th

17:00 Welcome
17:45 Check-in, introductions, expectations and setting the scene for “Catalyzing Transformative Pathways”
19.00

Making Social Transformations Happen: The Need for Catalytic Leadership – Introduction to the WAAS-UNOG Project

  • Dialogue on Experiences and Insights
20.00

Joint dinner

Monday 9th

8.30

Check-in and reflections

  • Meditative exercise on the theme of transformations
  • Exchange and reflections

9.00

The future vision: What is happening already that’s moving in the right direction?

  • Where do we want to lead towards?
  • Dialogue and exhibition
  • Capturing emerging preliminary insights 

10.00

Coffee and tea break

10.30

Pathways of the past: Historical experiences of systems transformations – working group discussion

  • Tentative List of Discussion Groups Topics:
    End of Apartheid Environmental Movement, Future Capital, German Energy change
  • Discussion on successful systems transformations of the past (local, national and global level)
  • How did they happen? Which pathways, approaches, strategies, emerging processes or methodologies furthered these transformations?
  • What can we learn from them?
  • Capturing emerging insights

Reports to Plenary

 13.00

Networking Lunch

 14.00

Pathways of the present: Appreciation of existing transformative pathways – leverage topics, approaches and cross cutting themes

  • Emerging activities, movements, approaches to systems transformations (local, national and global level)
  • How do they happen? Which pathways, approaches, strategies, emerging processes or methodologies are applied (consciously or unconsciously)? How are they connected?
  • Role of government, media, arts, measurement, social movements, civil society organizations, universities, academies and other agencies and instruments of change.
  • Capturing emerging insights

Reports to Plenary

 15.45

Coffee and tea break

 16:15

Consolidation of insights from past and present transformative pathways – How to make things work?

  • How are past and present pathways connected?
  • How can we help make them successful?
  • Initiatives – Insights and applications?
  • Principles behind transformative pathways?
  • How could we build on them and make them more effective or scale them?

Tentative list of collective action: core themes to be discussed, eg:

  • Planetary/Climate emergency initiatives
  • Future Capital
  • Implementation of SDGs 

Reports to Plenary

17.45

Check-out and review of the day

18.30

Joint dinner

Tuesday 10th

8.30

Check-in and reflections about the previous two days
Exchange of insights emerging for GL 21 and ENCI

9.00

Pathways to the future (I): Methodologies for supporting and accelerating transformative pathways 

Key questions systems analysis and tranformation designs

  • Working Groups on Future Challenges--Examples

Examples of transformative methodology applied to challenges
Capturing emerging insights

10.45

Coffee and tea break

11.15

Pathways to the future (II) continued: Process and Catalytic Strategies for accelerating transformative pathways

  • Working Groups on Future Challenges-- Examples

Examples of transformative methodology applied to challenges
Capturing emerging insights 

13.00

Networking Lunch

14.00

Summary of Insights and Conclusions on the Theory and Process of Social Transformation

Visualization and consolidation of learnings so far

15.30

Coffee and tea break

16.00

Pathways to the future (III): Catalyzing transformations

Working groups' developing strategies for selected topics that require transformative pathways, using insights and conclusions that have emerged.

17.00

Next Steps

18.00

Check-out and review of the day

18.30

Joint dinner in town

Wednesday 11th

8.30

Check-in and reflections about the previous day

Discussion on emerging insights 

9.00

Collective Practice: How can we as COR and WAAS members contribute to accelerating transformative pathways?

e.g.: Using insights for leveraging CoR Hubs

Capturing of results 

10.30

Coffee and tea break

10.45

Process planning and next steps

12.30

Check-out and review of the workshop

13.00

Farewell Lunch

Roundtable on Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation

8-11 March 2020 – Dubrovnik

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