Agora for the Great Transition

To be politically successful, the Great Transition cannot take shape inside an ideological echo chamber in this increasingly polarised world. Instead, we need to come together as people and evolve culturally to create a flourishing future within the means of our planet — not the perfect utopia, but a utopia for realists.

At this highly participative event there were systems thinkers and systems change agents — civil society leaders, activists, funders, scientists, researchers, and innovators — who are ready to question long-held beliefs and truly listen to diverse points of view and perspectives about systems change. We wanted to revitalise Hannah Arendt’s idea of the agora, a public space where people come together, talk, listen, argue, agree, compete, show, and see the world they share.

The guiding question for the two-day event was

What can we learn, with the Great Transition in mind, from the best ideas and truths from women and men across the political spectrum and from the best knowledge and wisdom in science, history, and cultural heritage?

Aims for the AGORA

  • Create enlightening dialectics on core questions about strategy and vision for the transition from the current neoliberal growth paradigm to the next system.
  • Take a critical lens on the current role of activism in working towards systems change.
  • Maximise learning among system change agents to support our journeys of transforming our organisations and strategies.
  • Apply the concept of leverage points for systemic change and sharpen our thinking regarding how to identify effective leverage points for CSOs, funders and researchers.

Keynote speakers were

Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, both evolutionary biologists: “Evolving across the event horizon: In search of a fair, stable, abundant future”

Alex Evans, campaign director at Avaaz and author of The Myth Gap

Check back soon more information about what happened at the event...