Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation – Agenda

e-Roundtable on Catalyzing Rapid Social Transformation

9 March 2020 

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)


This agenda describes Part I of an online roundtable to discuss topics included in the Dubrovnik Roundtable originally scheduled on March 8 evening to March 11 afternoon and subsequently postponed due to the Corona Virus threat. A second online meeting, Part II, has also been proposed to cover other topics of the original agenda. A final scheduling will take place after assessment of the first online meeting.

Monday 9th — (all times are Central European Time, GMT +1)
11:00 CET Plenary Session 1:
Welcome by CoR and WAASSandrine Dixson-Declève, Garry Jacobs, Mamphela Ramphele
11:10 Setting the scene for “Leading transformative pathways towards a regenerative civilization” – presenter Petra Kuenkel
11:20 Making Social Transformations Happen: Catalytic Leadership – WAAS UNOG Project – presenters David Chikvaidze and Garry Jacobs
11:30 Transformation barometer: What is happening already that’s moving in the right direction? – moderator Petra Kuenkel
Large group dialogue and capturing emerging preliminary insights
12:00 Examples of pathways to transformations (5 min each)

  • Economy – presenter Sandrine Dixson-Declève
  • Ecology – presenter Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
  • Social – presenter Thomas Reuter
12:20 Breakout Session 1:
Economic, Ecological & Social Transformations (5 min each)

  • Economy – moderator Sandrine Dixson-Declève
  • Ecology – moderator Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
  • Social – moderator Donato Kiniger-Passigli

Discussion on the following questions:

  • At which level do they take place (local, national and global level)?
  • Who is involved? What is the role of government, media, arts, measurement, social movements, civil society organizations, universities, academies and other agencies and instruments of change?
  • How do they happen? Which, strategies, emerging processes or methodologies are applied (consciously or unconsciously)?

Capture emerging insights in one slide

13:00 Lunch – (Rapporteurs prepare presentations to report back)
14:00 Plenary Session 2:
Reports on the break-out session to plenary (5 min for each group)
14:20 Historical experiences of social transformations – moderator Garry Jacobs
Inspirational Input about past transformations: (5 min each)

  • Overcoming Apartheid – presenter Mamphela Ramphele
  • Democratization in Eastern Europe – presenter Mila Popovich
  • German Energy Transition – presenter Ernst von Weizsäcker

Plenary group discussion — other examples of systems transformations, how they emerged or were brought about.

15:00 Breakout Session 2:
Insights from social transformations of the past

  • Ecological transformations – moderator Carlos Alvarez-Periera
  • Political transformations – moderator Yi-Heng Cheng
  • Social transformations – moderator Alberto Zucconi

Choose one of the deep dives. Discuss responses to the following questions:

  • How did these systems transformations happen? Which pathways, approaches, strategies, emerging processes or methodologies furthered these transformations?
  • What was catalyzing the transformations? Which forms of leadership was catalytic?
  • What can we learn from them?

Capture emerging insights in one slide

16:00 Coffee Break — (Rapporteurs prepare presentations to report back)
17:00 Plenary Session 3
Breakout session reports back to plenary
(max 5 minutes for each group)
17:20 Large group dialogue: Consolidation of insights from past and present transformative pathways – How to make things work? Moderator Petra Kuenkel

  • How are past and present pathways connected?
  • How can we help make them successful?
  • What are the principles behind transformative pathways?
  • How could we build on them, scale and make them more effective?
17.45 Final reflections
Insights relevant to the main programs of COR and WAAS – moderators Carlos Alvarez-Periera and Donato Kiniger-Passigli
End of the Meeting — End of Part 1 Social Transformation Roundtable