For you, our societies and economies, and all of life
The New Climate was an eight-week decentralized online conference on ecological intelligence and inclusive tech for a life-centered economy.
Brought to you by HoBB in partnership with INDEED Innovation and Gryphon Agency, it took place on March 10 – May 5, 2023.
This is the end of the human-centered era—but that doesn’t have to be the end of us. Not if we can seize this moment to begin relinquishing the idea of being the center of the universe, associated toxic ideas of exploiting and extracting the natural world, and shift instead towards societies—and economies— that honor and support all living systems—including human life itself.
How can Western societies become more attuned to nature again? Whose stories should we be listening to? How will we reckon with the inherent dilemma of net-positive goals, impact metrics, and ESG investing amid neoliberal economics? And how might more inclusive tech enable climate-positive and regenerative business and innovation?
We closed the loop (for now)! Our program ended but the good news is: everything is free and available for you to rewatch and revisit.
Take your time to dive into various conversations, discussions, and examples of The New Climate.
Friday, March 10
Entering the New Climate
Who else is in the room? How to best take part, and what to expect?
w/ your fellow attendees
Thursday, March 16
Shifting the Climate Narrative
Amid climate apocalypticism, ChatGPT, and Western-centrism, how can we tell the new story of a climate-positive future through an intersectional lens?
w/ executive director of Intersectional Environmentalist Diandra Esparza, founder of Climate Operation Patricia Heizal Nagginda, associate professor of geometallurgy Simon Michaux, and co-founder of We Don’t Have Time David Olsson
Wednesday, March 22
Exploring the Climate Metrics
Carbon credits: how legit are they, whom do they benefit, and whom do they harm? And how can we redesign impact metrics overall to effectively steer us towards circular, climate-positive business practice?
w/ executive director of PACE (Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy) Ramona Liberoff, co-founder of Atem Alexandre Peschel, and corporate administrator at Coastal First Nations’ Great Bear Initiative Dani Warren
Wednesday, March 29
Changing Hearts and Minds
What are the psycho-social challenges of large-scale behavioral change? What does this mean for the new forms of “change leadership” in businesses?
w/ climate psychologist Renee Lertzman and founder of She4Earth Shelot Masithi
Wednesday, April 5
Taking a Temperature Check
What have we learned? What’s coming next?
w/ your fellow attendees
Wednesday, April 12
Attuning to the Natural (At Last)
What wonders of biology, ecology, and nature remain undiscovered? How can they help inspire, (re)design, and innovate toward protecting and sustaining biodiversity and combatting global warming, and the sustainable development of all living systems?
w/ environmental writer and co-founder of Closing the Gap Tania Roa, Black Mountains College CEO and author, Ben Rawlence, and Charitie Ropati, Arctic Resilient Communities Youth Fellow, and artist Sam Stubblefield
Thursday, April 20
Getting Regenerative (Through ReFi)
How might ReFi (regenerative finance) movement and its offshoots spark a new economic paradigm that operates at the intersection of climate action and Web3 communities beyond carbon?
w/ ReFi expert Rica Amaral, Holke Brammer, research scientist, Protocol Labs, Smilek Aleksandra, creative director, Kastl.Cloud
Wednesday, April 26
Getting Regenerative (For Real)
What are some of the forward-looking examples that make the possibility of climate-positive business real? How do they elevate and nurture the sweet spot of natural resources, inclusive tech, and the human capacity for imagination?
w/ head of sustainability at Aesop Laura McGonigal, partner at Bethnal Green Ventures Dama Sathianathan, Pedro Tarak, co-founder and president at Sistema B International, and Tom Fels, founder Animarem and leader, B-Lab South Africa
Wednesday, May 3
Closing the Loop (For Now)
What are the new narratives we’ll take forward—into a functioning life-centered economy?