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The Transformation Labs Kickoff events took place the 17th and the 22nd of February. The two kickoffs set the stage for the entire process with expert presentations as well as subgroup discussions with outset in the six entry points.
Professor, Dr. Katherine Richardson, Sustainability Science Centre, University of Copenhagen in conversation with Professor, Dr. Imme Scholz, co-chair of the UN Independent Group of Scientists presented the need for new perspectives on our current trajectory.
In subgroups, our participants sought to create a common ground for further discussions. During the discussions, the attendees from across the globe shared their perspectives and experiences on various topics related to transformation.
The kickoff Friday February 17 included a keynote by Professor Joyeeta Gupta under the header “Earth System Justice”. During her keynote, Gupta argued for a more just economic approach to development within planetary boundaries.
In particular, she argued for a broadened understanding of justice that includes intergenerational and intragenerational justice – that is, justice across and between generations, geographies, and the Earth system. Her focus on regenerative justice thus underscored the importance of considering justice and humanitarian resilience when speaking of sustainable development.
Dr. Nancy Shackell, United Nations Independent Group of Scientists, participated in an insightful introductory conversation together with Professor, Dr. Katherine Richardson on the importance of transformational change in today’s fast-paced world.