Everyone is talking about decarbonizing and getting to Net Zero. Easier said than done. It involves a compelling story of how everyone can play a part of making, shaping and co-creating a different reality. A conversation between Sir Geoff Mulgan an international thought leader, who formerly ran NESTA, the mayor of Leuven Mohamed Ridouani, who received the EU Capital of Innovation award for their ambitious decarbonization plan and Patrizia Nanz professor of Transformative Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. They explore how you go beyond a vision on paper, get commitment from all interest groups, harness the resources, change the rules, incentives and organizational structures as well as individual behaviours to turn a crucial idea into a lived experience.
Net Zero – The Utopian Vision, but How Do We Get There?
Geoff Mulgan, Mohamed Ridouani
Sir Geoff Mulgan
Professor / University College London
Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London (UCL). Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, between 2011 and the end of 2019. From 1997 to 2004 Geoff had roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. From 2004 to 2011 he was the first Chief Executive of The Young Foundation. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos; and has been a reporter on BBC TV and radio. Geoff co-founded many organisations including Demos, the Young Foundation, the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust, Action for Happiness, the Alliance for Useful Evidence, the Australia Centre for Social Innovation, States of Change and Nesta Italia. He has advised many governments around the world and is a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow from 2019-22. Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press), ‘Good and Bad Power’ (Penguin), ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press) and ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ (Princeton University Press). His latest book – on social innovation – was published in late 2019 by Policy Press. Geoff has given TED talks on the future economy, happiness and education.
Mayor / Leuven, Belgium
Mohamed Ridouani is Mayor in the city of Leuven and was previously responsible as Deputy Mayor for Education, Sustainability, Economy and Urban Development.
Mohamed Ridouani is Leuven born. His parents migrated from Morocco to Leuven in the early 70’s. He graduated as a master in economics and completed a post graduate in international relations. He started his career as a business consultant at Deloitte. In 2007 Mohamed was elected to the city council for the Flemish Labour Party. He was immediately appointed as Deputy Mayor and therefore he left the business world to fully focus on his political duties. Together with the knowledge institutions and companies in Leuven, Ridouani aims to reinforce the sustainable and innovative character of the city.
He’s the inspirer of Leuven 2030, in which more than 300 companies, organizations and citizens are united to tum Leuven into a sustainable and CO2-neutral city by the year 2050.
Ridouani is also the founder of the education council which conjoins everyone in the educational field to attain the best tuition possible for every child in Leuven.
Ridouani also initiated Leuven MindGate, an economic platform with 400 members that will boost Leuven as the world’s hotspot for health, technology and creativity. Mohamed Ridouani was elected Mayor in October 2018. He stands for positive change and aims to tum Leuven into one of the most caring, green and prosperous cities in Europe, in cooperation with the citizens