Brett Scott – Opening Keynote Speaker
Atoms, Molecules and the Two Meanings of Decentralisation
Many original alternative economy movements – from local currencies to community banks – rest upon a vision of decentralisation in which large-scale centrally-controlled infrastructures are replaced by small-scale locally-controlled infrastructures. Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology communities, on the other hand, present decentralisation as the act of building large-scale infrastructures that are controlled by nobody. How do these two visions of decentralisation relate to each other, and is it possible to hybridise them?
This keynote is made possible with a grant from the International Visitors programme by Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Turning crises into transitions
Transitional times are characterized by instabilities and disruptions: a shift away from a dynamic balance through a period of unbalance towards a new equilibrium. We are in the midst of moving away from modern, fossil based and institutionalized society as we know it, but have not found a clear collective direction and pathway to get there. Economic and ecological crises are not only an indicator for this instability, but can also act as tipping points. Professor Loorbach will explain in his keynote where these emerging transitions come from and how to understand and influence them. He will especially focus on the need to find new ways to work towards sustainable futures: this requires process of experimentation, envisioning, creation and, perhaps most importantly, destruction. His keynote will use examples from his projects in the domains of energy, mobility, local economy and circularity in the city of Rotterdam to call for more activist, pragmatic and entrepreneurial engagement with emerging sustainability transitions.
Fleur Monasso (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)
How externalities are the key to make our our societies truly sustainable
In this keynote, Babette discusses the impact of consumerism on the planet, including production of the things we buy and use in our daily lives. We as consumers pay for those products and we unknowingly support industries to cause devastating effects on earth’s ecosystems. Babette shows how to turn our hidden impact into an eco-positive one.
Babette Porcelijn (NL) studied Industrial Design Engineering at Delft Technical University (2001), where she gained knowledge of production processes and life cycle analysis. Babette’s design studio is fully devoted to the environment. Babette is the author of the critically acclaimed book ‘The Hidden Impact, everything for an eco-positive life’.