Solutions HouseSEPTEMBER 19–23

Looking up at skyscrapers through trees on a sunny day

Can we build a new Solutions Economy?
In 2022 we must answer ‘yes’.

This Climate Week, something very special will happen. Leaders, experts, entrepreneurs, youth activists, storytellers, innovators and influencers will gather with one objective: drive exponential climate solutions

The motto of Solutions House is ‘answers only’. Every one of our debates, showcases, ideation sessions and workshops will be held in that spirit.

*solutions that help halve emissions before 2030

Speakers

Speaker: Rosemary Enobakhare
Rosemary Enobakhare
Associate Administrator for the Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, EPA
Speaker: Sandrine Dixson-Declève
Sandrine Dixson-Declève
President, Club of Rome
Speaker: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Author & Co-Founder, Urban Ocean Lab
Speaker: Johan Rockström
Johan Rockström
Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Speaker: Helen Clarkson, OBE
Helen Clarkson, OBE
CEO, The Climate Group
Speaker: Kate Brandt
Kate Brandt
Chief Sustainability Officer, Google
Speaker: Dr. Beverly Wright
Dr. Beverly Wright
Founder and Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice,
Speaker: Dr. Robert Bullard
Dr. Robert Bullard
Director, Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University,
SESSIONS

Welcome To The Solutions Economy

Speakers

Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra
Johan Falk
CEO & Co-Founder
Exponential Roadmap Initiative

Albert Einstein said, "we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them". The opening session of Solutions House will bring together leading thinkers and their proposal for a new ‘Solutions Economy’, in which climate is capital.

9:00 - 9:15 EST, Tuesday September 20

We just made changing the world easier: The 1.5°C Business Playbook for exponential climate action

Speakers

Emma Stewart
Sustainability Officer
Netflix
Fiona Macklin
Campaign Manager
Race To Zero
Rasmus Due Skov
Head of Global Public Affairs & Sustainable Solutions
Ørsted
Andreas Rangel Ahrens
Head of Climate
Inter IKEA Group
Johan Falk
CEO & Co-Founder
Exponential Roadmap Initiative
Per Espen Stoknes
Associate Professor
BI Norwegian Business School
Mats Pellback Scharp
Head of Sustainability
Ericsson
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co Founder
Futerra

The first 1.5°C Business Playbook was a hit. It is now supported by companies with a combined revenue of over 900 billion dollars. These are not any companies. These are the most disruptive and innovative companies on Earth. The playbook gives businesses of any size the 4 Climate Pillar strategy to create value while crushing their emissions…and emissions they influence. Join us for the launch of the upgraded 1.5 Business Playbook v.2.0. It makes changing the world even easier.

9:15 - 10:45 EST, Tuesday September 20

Reinventing supply chains to halve emissions by 2030

Speakers

Eva Karlsson
CEO
Houdini
Diana Wilkinson
Director & Global Lead, Supply Chain
BSR
Mats Pellback Scharp
Head of Sustainability
Ericsson
Andreas Rangel Ahrens
Head of Climate
Inter IKEA Group
Bessma Aljarbou
Director, Supplier Carbon Solutions
Apple
Fredrika Klarén
Head of Sustainability
Polestar
Ramiro Fernandez
Campaigns Director
Climate Champions Team
Johan Falk
CEO & Co Founder
Exponential Roadmap Initiative
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra
Laura Perez
Senior Project Manager
Exponential Roadmap Initiative

For many companies, most emissions are locked in their supply chains. These emissions are difficult to reach and even more difficult to control. What are the solutions to incentivise suppliers to cut emissions? How do we make it as easy as possible for companies to engage with their suppliers? How can we reduce friction to action? This event will present open source tools and key strategies such as the shift towards 100% renewable energy through disruptive innovation.

11:30 - 1:00 EST, Tuesday September 20

Meet The Solutionists

Speakers

Ezgi Barcenas
Chief Sustainability Officer
AB InBev
Gwenaelle Avice-Huet
Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer
Schneider Electric
Sharon Barak
CTO & Co-Founder
Solutum
Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros Harispuru
CEO
Toroto
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra

In the face of our climate emergency, we desperately need entrepreneurs working to fix the future. We’ve invited inspiring Solutionists from large corporations and breakthrough start-ups to share their strategies, advice and vision for the future. Join them to plot out how Solutionists can transform business into part of the solution.


This session made possible by AB InBev. Thank you so much!

5:30 - 6:30 EST, Tuesday September 20

Natural Climate Solutions

Speakers

Owen Gaffney
Co Founder Exponential Roadmap Initiative, Global Sustainability Writer & Analyst PIK

Michael Wolosin
Managing Director
Conservation International
Yee Lee
VP Growth
Terraformation
Johan Falk
CEO & Co-Founder
Exponential Roadmap Initiative
Lucy Shea
Group CEO
Futerra
Dr. Starry Sprenkle-Hyppolite
Restoration Science Director
Conservation International
Jenny Ahlen
Net Zero Director
We Mean Business Coalition

At this session, some of the world’s leading experts will present the latest research on climate solutions from land, forest, agriculture, peat and wet land. They will introduce a new report, the Exponential Roadmap for Natural Climate Solutions. Join to hear what this means for companies investing in protecting and restoring nature.

9:00 - 10:00 EST, Wednesday, September 21

Fireside Chat with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Speakers

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Author & Co-Founder
Urban Ocean Lab
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra

Join us for an intimate conversation between Chief Solutionist of Futerra, Solitaire Townsend, and marine biologist, policy expert and author Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. We’ll invite attendees to join the discussion, focusing on finding joy in climate action. We can all play a role in the climate movement by tapping into our skills, resources and networks in ways that bring us satisfaction – what’s yours?

10:15 - 11:00 EST, Wednesday, September 21

Fireside chat with EPA's Associate Administrator & Google

Speakers

Rosemary Enobakhare
Associate Administrator
EPA
Dr. Robert Bullard
Director, Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University

Dr. Beverly Wright
Founder and Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Kate Brandt
CSO
Google

We’re in a moment of immense opportunity for environmental justice, seeing historic investments like the Biden Administration's Justice40 initiative. But there’s still so much more work to be done to help frontline communities that have been historically underserved and disproportionately impacted. Join us for a panel discussion with extraordinary leaders of the environmental justice movement: EPA Associate Administrator Rosemary Enobakhare, Dr. Robert Bullard, Dr. Beverly Wright, and Peggy Shepard. Moderated by Kate Brandt, Google's Chief Sustainability Officer.

2:00 - 3:00 EST, Wednesday, September 21

Scaling Exponential Climate Policy: from Laggards to Disruptors for System Change

Speakers

Maja Groff
Convener
Climate Governance Commission, NOW Partners, and Future Economy Forum
Arunabha Ghosh
CEO
Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
Magnus Jiborn
Head of Research
Global Challenges Foundation
Johan Falk
Co-Founder & CEO
Exponential Roadmap Initiative
Dhairya Pujara
Founder, CEO
YCenter
Lars Lundström
Chief Environmental Officer
H2 Green Steel
Dr. Rebekah Shirely
Director of Research, Data & Innovation, World Resources Institute Africa

Conventional wisdom in the climate action and advocacy space too often sees innovation and the deployment of green technology as a given, taken care of by the private sector, whereas the catalyzation and protection of such solutions to the climate crisis need a much sharper, systematic and visionary policy approach. This session will draw on initial pioneering work done in collaboration between the Climate Governance Commission and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative on the concept of "Exponential Policy" — that is, policies tailored across the climate solution life-cycle to trigger cascading system changes, addressing key areas of economic and social transformation.

4:00 - 5:00 EST, Wednesday, September 21

Covering The Solutions - Press Panel

Speakers

Eric Roston
Sustainability Editor
Bloomberg
Zoya Teirstein
Staff Writer
Grist
Justin Worland
Senior Correspondent
TIME
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra

Over 60% of people worldwide see ‘much more’ coverage of climate problems rather than solutions. We’ve got to flip that script and make our solutions media-worthy. Our panel of journalists will explore what makes a great story, share the worst press releases they’ve received and help plot climate coverage that’s solutions-orientated. Join us to learn the tricks of the trade.

6:00 - 7:00 EST, Wednesday, September 21

Are Tipping Points Always Bad?

Speakers

Johan Rockström
Director
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra
Owen Gaffney
Co-Founder Exponential Roadmap Initiative, Global Sustainability Writer & Analyst PIK

New research has warned the world might be passing 5 dangerous tipping points, including the collapse of the Greenland and West Antarctic Ice Sheets, tropical coral reef die off, and the abrupt thawing of Northern permafrost. But…points can tip both ways. Solutions House is delighted to host leading voices from the recent conference Tipping Points – From Climate Crisis to Positive Transformation. Hot off the press from that event, leaders from the Earth4All initiative will share 5 ‘positive tipping points’ – the extraordinary turnarounds the world needs right now, and how to deliver them. This is a radical blueprint for change and Solutions House will be the first to hear this new agenda. Come and be tipped towards the answers.
Breakfast will be provided.

7:30AM - 8:15AM EST, Thursday, September 22

The Secret Power Of Lifestyle Emissions

Speakers

Kate Brandt
CSO
Google
Per Espen Stoknes
Associate Professor
BI Norwegian Business School
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra
Johan Falk
CEO & Co-Founder
Exponential Roadmap Initiative
Wardah Malik
CEO
BEWorks
Angela Cooper
Senior Strategist
BEWorks
Dominic Waughray
Senior Advisor to the CEO
WBCSD

This year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put people power into the plan to meet the Paris Agreement. They calculate that 'behavior and socio-cultural' changes could rapidly save 5% of all demand-side carbon emissions. The potential is huge, but how do we get there? Join behavioral scientists and pioneering businesses to discover products and persuasion which could change our lives (and the climate) for good.

9:00 - 10:30 EST, Thursday, September 22

The Future Is Intersectional

Speakers

Helen Clarkson, OBE
CEO
The Climate Group
Mona Sinha
Board Chair
ERA Fund for Women’s Equality & Women Moving Millions
Jennifer Alcorn
Deputy Director
Gates Foundation
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra

If you can’t solve a crisis with the same thinking that caused it – can you solve it with the same leadership? Across the world; women, people of color, young people and underrepresented groups are stepping up to climate leadership. Join the CEO of the Climate Group, Helen Clarkson, and a panel of intersectional leaders talk about how solving climate change is changing leadership.

12:30 - 2:00 EST, Thursday, September 22

Multi-Solving For Permacrisis

Speakers

Sandrine Dixson-Declève
President
The Club of Rome
Lisa Witter
Co-Founder
Apolitical
Hunter Lovins
President
Natural Capitalism Solutions
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra

In our age of permanent crisis we can’t afford to be ‘single issue’ solvers. The concept of ‘multi-solving’ seeks to build long-term resilience while delivering short-term wellbeing and justice. Join experts in politics, gender, system dynamics and communications to delve into how multisolves work.

3:15 - 4:00 EST, Thursday, September 22

Storytelling The Solutions

Speakers

Anna Jane Joyner
Founder
Good Energy Stories
Kristy Drutman
Brown Girl Green
Co-founder of Green Jobs Board
Solitaire Townsend
Chief Solutionist & Co-Founder
Futerra
Dr. Adanna Steinacker
House of Adanna

How can we put solutions in the story? Writers, producers, actors and showrunners spin up magic out of thin air. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They terrify us. But most of all they make us care about the worlds they create. Now these brilliant storytellers are turning their creative superpowers towards climate solutions and future worlds we want to live in. Solutions House will host a unique session with very special guests who can weave the stories that change the world.

4:30 - 5:45 EST, Thursday, September 22

Celebrating The Exponential Solutions

Speakers

Johan Rockström
Director
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Please join us for an interactive high-level session with an introductory speech and key insights from one of the most influential climate scientists of our time: Johan Rockstrom. Come and celebrate the solutions of our time!

7:00 - 9:00PM EST, Thursday, September 22

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