Web Summit 2017

We are pleased to announce that Carlos Alvarez Pereira (President of Innaxis) will be participating as a speaker at the Web Summit taking place 6th-9th November 2017 in Lisbon.

The Web Summit is dedicated to connecting the technology community with a range of people from across the global technology industry, as well as with politicians, scientists and influencers. The Web Summit has grown to become the “largest technology conference in the world” with more than 6000 attendees participating this year.

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Carlos will participate at the panel discussion ”Reducing carbon-intensive activity: Will we always have Paris?” on 8th November.

Other panelists will include Javier Garcia-Martinez (University of Alicante), Mohan Munasinghe (Planetiers), Femke Groothuis, (The Ex’tax Project) and Michael Kuhndt (Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production). The panel discussion will be moderated by Sam Geall (China Dialogue).

The panel will investigate the challenge of how to ensure the success of the Paris Climate Agreement, and how to effectively reduce carbon emissions when it conflicts with business interests. Incentives and strategies will be examined in order to re-align business interests with the urgent humanitarian need to address climate change and its disastrous consequences. For this, the role of behavioral change, technologies, political and economic incentives will be part of the discussion

Engaging with a new generation of change makers

Considering the intricate challenges humanity has to face such as climate change, social inequalities, migration, and technological disruption (just to name a few), we are in desperate need for a new generation of changemakers who are able to grasp the systemic and interconnected nature of the issues in order to design innovative approaches that overcome today’s barriers to change.

INX4PS is actively seeking to promote systems literacy and to engage with a new generation of changemakers to raise awareness as to how complex issues can be embraced.

In this context, INX4PS has participated at the first Club of Rome (CoR) Summer Academy, which took place 7th-13th 2017 September in Florence, Italy.

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The Club of Rome is an eminent international think tank that launched in 2016 with the “Reclaim Economics” project, designed to transform the way our economic system is perceived and understood. It promotes new economic thinking that puts human well-being and the planet at the centre. The Reclaim Economics flagship event was the first Club of Rome Summer Academy in Florence.

The CoR Summer Academy has been attended by students and academics, young professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, young journalists, artists and activists. The participants joined with some of the world’s leading social and systems thinkers to inspire economic, ecological, and political movements towards action.

Carlos Alvarez Pereira (President of Innaxis and member of the Club of Rome) gave insights on the issue of  “TECH FOR HUMANITY – REFLECTIONS ON THE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION”.

During the interactive dialogue with the Summer School participants, many items were discussed including the role of science and technology and its impact on social evolution, the consequences on sustainable development, and furthermore the meaning of “technological disruption”.

The core theme of the debate was the role of current mindsets which largely influences technological innovation outcomes, including how well society adapts and integrates these new technologies. Additionally, questions of technology’s overall purpose, and how to design technology while ensuring humanity is the beneficiary, spurred a dynamic discussion among the participants.

The event was attended by 120 participants from 25 different countries. Among the speakers included: Kate Pickett, Kate Raworth, Anders Wijkman, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Mathis Wackernagel, Ugo Bardi, Jorgen Randers, Tim Jackson and many more who discussed challenges and proposals for addressing systemic challenges.

INX4PS is looking forward to further engaging with the new generation of changemakers, to introduce systems thinking, and to co-create the paradigm shift of the 21st century.

Workshop: Digital for Sustainability – In Need of a Disruptive Research Agenda

"Digital Transformation" is the buzz phrase of the day. Since the 1980s an explosive growth has happened in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and its become pervasive, bringing a perception of tremendous acceleration in technological innovation. There are also high expectations for the role of ICT in sustainable development. Concepts such as disruption, dematerialization and zero marginal costs contribute to the (up to now) false belief that becoming increasingly digital will lead to low resource consumption. However, research shows that the ICT sector itself is not environmentally friendly; it is the fastest growing contributor to emissions, it consumes large amounts of energy, water and critical resources, and produces equally vast amounts of harmful waste with minimal recycling.

To address the generic claim of ICT as contributing to a better and “green” world, there should be mutual recognition and cooperation between digital tech and sustainable development, especially to understand the significant effort needed to harness the power of ICT for human advancement. Digital technologies and sustainability have rarely been analysed together in a rigorous manner. The scientific literature about the nexus of these topics is, up to now worryingly thin, and in many aspects not yet addressing the right questions, much less the responses.

This issue demands a rigorous inquiry of issues at stake and the foundation of a research agenda that builds strong synergies aimed to act beyond current hyped assumptions.

Considering this, Innaxis would like to invite you to the “Digital for Sustainability – In Need of a Disruptive Research Agenda” workshop. This event will be organised during the World Resources Forum on Tuesday 24th October 2017 in Geneva.

The goal of this workshop is to ignite a community of interested parties, who work on interdisciplinary research and action agendas, and to enable the alignment of digital technologies with the goals of sustainable development.

Speakers: Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Ladeja Godina Košir 
Workshop Organisers: Innaxis Research Institute and Texelia AG
Workshop Co-Organiser: Circular Change
Workshop Chairs: Soumaya El Kadiri (Texelia AG) and Joséphine von Mitschke-Collande (Innaxis Research Institute)

Date and time: Tuesday 24th October 2017, 16h30 – 18h30

Venue:
Centre International de Conferences (CICG)
Rue de Varembé 17
1211 Genève - Switzerland

 

ISSS 2017

“From Science to Systemic Solutions – Systems Thinking for Everyone”
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The 61st ISSS World Conference

As systems sciences has been a heterodox scientific field, the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) aims to bring a community of researchers and practitioners together once a year, during the ISSS World Conference, to exchange and share ideas related to systems sciences.

The founding fathers of the society, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, and Anatol Rapoport, conceived the organization to be devoted to interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems. In recent years the organization has broadened its scope, particularly to include the practical application of systems methodologies to problem solving.

Considering this, the 2017 edition convened by the Ludwig von Bertalanffy Centre in Vienna invited an interdisciplinary community to share the latest insights of the interdependencies between social, ecological and technological systems, as well as practical design skills for sustainable living and technologies for a future-oriented humanity.

INX4PS participated in past conferences and was invited to participate in ISSS2017 through a panel discussion deliberating the theme “From Money to Value Creation to Reinventing Economy in the Energy Transition”. Joséphine vMitschke-Collande represented INX4PS and discussed with Dr. Olaf Brugman (Rabobank), Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (Museum für angewandte Kunst), Roland Kuras (Power Solution), Ladeja Godina Košir (Circular Change) the role of systems approaches regarding sustainable finance, the energy transition, the circular economy and the arts.

Issues such as the lack of systems approaches in the design of the German Energy Transition, does not foresee how to overcome current self-referential economic dynamics. The current system favors grand energy infrastructure investments, instead of a decentralized and low-cost prosumer approach capable of integrating new technological developments quicker. These are a obstacles in making the Energy Transition efficient.

Furthermore, emerging economic approaches such as the Circular Economy, and in particular the narrative in which they are embedded, were discussed. The panelist deliberated how the Circular Economy has to break-out of an engineering and material closed-loop approach, and instead integrate a whole systems perspective, such as integrating social innovation aspects in order to enable a Circular Economy system which will ensure the sustainability of initiative success.

Systems sciences have fallen into oblivion in the past decades and only recently have regained ground for being a powerful tool to navigate the complexity of current challenges. With that, the need of a reinvigorated systems sciences community is crucial to guarantee knowledge and idea exchanges regarding methodological and theoretical approaches, as well as practical applications. INX4P looks forward to future exchanges with the community.

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