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systems view on sustainability

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The balance point is the one place where a complex system can be spontaneous, adaptive and alive

MITCHELL WALDROP,
PHYSICIST, AUTHOR​

The ‘Putting positive impact into perspective’ presentation exceeded my every expectation

ALICE SPENCER, CAMBRIDGE INSTITUTE for sustainability leadership

We are in the early stages of a global sustainability revolution with the potential to reshape the world​

AL GORE, FORMER U.S. VICE PRESIDENT,
chairman of generation im

The team had a meeting as soon as your session was over and I could tell they were ignited and influenced by your conversation

JUAN MOBILI,
EXECUTIVE COACH

Technology is not exogenous to the other forces defining our lives - it combines with political, cultural and social systems, often in dramatic and unforeseen ways

AZEEM AZHAR, CREATOR OF THE EXPONENTIAL VIEW​

The Rise of Modern Food presentation wasn't just the best of our food series, it was one of the best we've profiled in 10 years​​

MARC ANDREW,
CO-FOUNDER OF CITYAGE

No problem can be solved from the same level that created it​​

ALBERT EINSTEIN,
CLASSICAL PHYSICIST

The presentation hit it out of the park! Everyone loved the content, the delivery style was engaging, and it touched on highly relevant opportunities for New Zealand’s future

KIMBERLEY ANSELL,
GENERAL MANAGER FOR TE HONO

Participating is creating

FRED PROVENZA,
PROFESSOR OR BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY

The content expertly guided guests through some of the most urgent issues of our time, catalysing thoughtful conversations

JOHN THOMPSON,
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR ACTIS

Barriers are variables, not constants​

JAMES ARBIB,
FOUNDER OF RETHINKX

I came away with new insights and understanding around something that profoundly influences our lives – food.​

ANDREW REID,
DIRECTOR AT SHELTON FLEMING

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The latest content and commentary
Oct 8, 2021

Disruption Decade: Systems view on sustainability

Will the 2020s mark the collapse of the industrial economy or rise of a modern economy? You’re invited to explore the answer in this latest report, which details the disruptive changes transforming the economy along with strategies for action.

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Oct 8, 2021

Modern food made the synthetic or regenerative way?

This is a question many of us will have to answer in the 2020s as we shape the modern food system, centred on designing foods from the molecule up. Click here for a taste of what’s to come.​

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Oct 7, 2021

Power systems disruption

What can a super storm, Twitter challenge and record-breaking battery installation tell us about the shift from industrial to modern power? This article shares insights from the story of the Hornsdale Power Reserve.

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Oct 7, 2021

Systems frameworks for strategic action

Riding the wave rather than fighting the avalanche of disruption depends on how we allocate the resources under our control. Click here to explore your current positioning relative to disruptive change.

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Oct 7, 2021

Transport systems disruption

Twenty years was all it took for the industrial transport system to take over major urban areas in the early 1900s. Within fifty years this system had spread around the world. Will the shift to modern transport occur in more or less time? Explore the answer in this overview of the disruption underway in transport.​

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Jun 5, 2021

What does the future hold for the iconic industrial cheeseburger?

Will it survive the wave of disruption transforming the food system? Click to read Laura Rance’s summary of the Tale of Three Cheeseburgers featured in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Jun 3, 2021

Building Agritech Clusters

Cities and regions around the world are competing to be the leaders in modern food. What areas will come out on top and what will this mean for modern food? This 20-minute opening talk for CityAge explores answers.

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Apr 9, 2021

What is food?

In this transformative moment in time, we are testing the bounds of what food means—its very essence—and the role it plays in our lives and all lives. How might we define food at the level of first principles? This content aims to forever change the way you might answer this question.​

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Mar 11, 2021

Are you viewing the 2020s through an industrial or modern lens?

Do you view the 2020s through an industrial or modern lens? You’re invited on a 10-minute journey through the Disruption Decade to explore the answer.

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Jan 21, 2021

Biden administration makes its first moves in the Disruption Decade

Clean Energy Revolution and Pandemic Relief: the Biden Administration makes its first two moves. Which one will we remember looking back on the term ahead? Hannah Tucker joins four leading women in climate to explore this question and others on For a Richer Life.

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Oct 26, 2020

What is superpower?

The RethinkX team makes a case for why electricity systems comprised entirely of solar, wind and batteries (SWB)  will disrupt coal, oil, gas and nuclear in the 2030s by providing the cheapest power at two to three times existing capacity.

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Oct 14, 2020

Here comes chickenless chicken

This four-minute video produced in collaboration with Blue Horizon and PwC tells the story of chickenless chicken, highlighting the developments making it possible and the potential impact of its adoption

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Sep 16, 2020

Thinking outside of the industrial box

Are you thinking inside or outside of the ‘Industrial Box’ when it comes to Responsible and ESG investing? This article produced in collaboration with Insight Investment makes a case for why truly sustainable investing requires a systems-lens revealing the disruptive nature of the decade ahead.

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Mar 10, 2020

A warm welcome to Disruption Dinner

Disruption Dinner was delighted to host a culinary adventure into a warmer world at the Grove Hotel in Watford, UK. Click here to watch the 15-minute warm welcome and crash course to learn how disruptive changes in climate and technology are reshaping our food system and lives more broadly.

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Feb 25, 2020

Culinary adventure through a biodiverse world

By 2030, do you believe biodiversity on land and at sea will (a) decrease, (b) remain the same or (c) increase? Click here to go on a culinary adventure through a biodiversity world brought to life with dishes and stories.

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Feb 15, 2020

What is driving meat-free mania?

Hannah Tucker and Catherine Tubb explored this question with the Exponential View community. Click here to read Diana Fox Carney’s commentary on the presentation.

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Sep 17, 2019

Rethinking Food and Agriculture

This RethinkX sector report details how Precision Fermentation technology is disrupting not just the food system, but the economy, society and environment more broadly.

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May 3, 2017

Rethinking Transportation

In this report, the team at RethinkX makes a case for why 95% of US car miles will be travelled in self-driving, electric, shared vehicles by 2030.​

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Dec 19, 2016

Personal mobility in urban areas

This Generation Sustainability Insights report explores how development in urban mobility are providing compelling opportunities to deploy capital for the long-term, while also signalling a period of heightened risk, as investments with exposure to the declining incumbent system come under pressure..​

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Jul 1, 2015

Transition in the Power Industry

This Generation Sustainability Insights report explains how a chain reaction set the power industry and its investment landscape on a new course.​

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Apr 30, 2015

Environmental Intelligence

Environmental intelligence technologies are creating opportunities at the nexus of Big Data and climate change. This Generation Sustainability Insights report details the many ways in which organisations are harnessing environmental intelligence as a source of competitive advantage.

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CHOOSE YOUR path

Journey through the Disruption Decade