Over the past five years, while working for Climate-KIC, I’ve had the privilege to engage with hundreds of fascinating climate innovations. Many of them convert human ingenuity, technological prowess, and entrepreneurial talent into a promise to bend the world’s greenhouse gas emissions curve or strengthen its resilience to global warming.
Auf öffentlichem Grund in der Stadt Zürich stehen rund 62’000 Bäume, etwa ein Drittel davon an Strassen, der Rest in Grünanlagen. Gleichzeitig gibt es ungefähr 70’000 öffentlich zugängliche Parkplätze.
Diese Zahlen stehen symbolisch für eine veraltete Vorstellung von Raumnutzung. Wie die meisten Städte ist auch Zürich um die Bedürfnisse des Autoverkehrs geplant. Wollen wir das noch, in einer Zukunft von Klimawandel, autonomem Fahren und Home Office?
Seit Oktober 2014 wohne ich an der Eidmattstrasse. Eine klassische Zürcher Quartierstrasse — Wohnzone, einbahnig, langweilig. Entlang der rund 500 Meter ihrer West-Ost-Achse gibt es 83 Parkplätze, vier Kreisel, drei Hydranten, und sonst nichts.
This is the third article in a multi-part series that argues for greater appreciation of conceptual work in addressing climate change and other wicked societal problems. You can read Part I here and Part II here. The other parts are forthcoming.
an endeavour that is carefully planned and proceeds in a linear, sequential fashion (from the Latin proicere, meaning “to throw forward”)
a two-dimensional place of convention aimed at facilitating transactions, often with rigid architecture (from the French plateforme, meaning “flat shape”)
a multi-dimensional place of collaboration, with multiple purposes, porous boundaries, and evolving shapes…
In 2007, two flatmates named Brian and Joe hosted guests at their San Francisco home. They would go on to disrupt the market for privately-owned vacation rentals with a company today known as Airbnb. A couple of years later, a similar story started to unfold in the market for ride-hailing. …
This is the first article in a multi-part series that argues for greater appreciation of conceptual work in addressing climate change and other wicked societal problems. You can read Part II here and Part III here. The other parts are forthcoming.
The 2020s are the decisive decade of humankind. A climate crisis is raging, and world leaders must act now if they are to stave off civilizational collapse. Time is of the essence. We must stop the debate, the theorizing, the philosophizing. The only thing that counts is real-world action.
We can all agree with that, right?
Well, hold on…
When I recently presented my work on systemic investing to one of the world’s largest multilateral financial institutions, they didn’t get it. It was frustrating.
Then I was told by a colleague that my work was too abstract and that the value proposition was unclear. This was frustrating, too.
A few days later we received an email from the team at a public sector organization involved in one of Climate-KIC’s Deep Demonstrations. They misunderstood what we had put forward in a proposal and wanted us to adopt a much more traditional approach. This felt like going back to square one.
deep, structural, and irreversible change
Transformation Capital (logic)
a systemic investment approach for catalysing mission-driven sustainability transitions in the real economy
Transformation Capital Initiative (space)
1: a multi-year open innovation initiative to develop,demonstrate, and scale systemic investing
2: a do-tank for the sustainable finance movement
The science is clear, and the world’s top economic authorities agree: To safeguard human civilisation as we know it, we must fundamentally change the way our societies and economies operate. …
Am 27. Februar 2020 kam mein Sohn Hanno zur Welt. Es war die Woche, in der die Hamsterkäufe begannen. Am Tag des Spitalaustritts waren Desinfektionsmittel vergriffen. Die kurzzeitig aufflammende Panik trieb mich dazu, ein angebrochenes Fläschchen aus der Maternité zu stehlen.
Hanno ist ein Corona-Kind — direkt in die Quarantäne hineingeboren. Die Familie und Freunde seiner Eltern kennt er bislang nur aus der sozialen Distanz. Er macht dennoch einen glücklichen Eindruck, auch wenn er oft das macht, was alle Kinder tun: er quengelt, wenn ihm etwas nicht passt.
Beim Versuch, meinen Sohn durch gutes Zureden und praktische Handlungen zu beruhigen…
This is the second article in a two-part series on Jeff Bezos’s announcement to pledge $10 billion toward safeguarding the Earth’s climate. Part I offers an opinion about what the Bezos Earth Fund should spend its money on.
How do you spend $10 billion to address climate change? Many have weighed in on this question in the wake of Jeff Bezos’s gargantuan climate pledge. Most comments focused on the issue of what to spend that money on, mine included. Yet there is another, equally important, issue:
How, exactly, should the Bezos Earth Fund go about deploying its endowment?
This is the first article in a two-part series on Jeff Bezos’s announcement to pledge $10 billion toward safeguarding the Earth’s climate. Part II offers an opinion about how the Bezos Earth Fund should be structured and managed.
Last week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced his intention to donate $10 billion to address climate change. Commentators have been quick to suggest what to spend that money on, including the usual suspects such as moonshot technology projects (e.g. space-based solar power), a massive global tree-planting campaign, or efforts to reduce his company’s carbon footprint.
I write to inform, inspire, and trigger new strategies for tackling climate change.