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The Future of Transformation

Transformation is everywhere. Due to changes in the economy, the climate, technology and lifestyle we are transforming our infrastructure, our houses, our companies our cities and ourselves all the time. This evening we will discuss the future of transformation. Big plans and top down is over, are we ready now for bottom up or are there other strategies to think of?

The speakers and topics are:

Evert Verhagen, founder and owner, Creative Cities
Transformation in cities
More people live in cities than ever before in the world's history. Cities will soon be more important than states. Cities are the world's biggest problem but at the same time the solution of the world's problems will be found in cities. Changes in the economy, in the climate, in technology induce transformation in cities.
I'm involved in transformation: transformation of offices, transformation of waterfronts, and transformation of industrial heritage.
What is the future of transformation? My interest is with the program. What does the city need to survive, who is it going to attract? What are the needs of the city to be successful and attractive?

Karin Jironet, co-founder of In Claritas
Things change all the time, but sometimes, things will never be the same again.
The current global transition leads us into a new way of looking at the relationship between man and creation. We now face unprecedented challenges that uproot previously held notions of power, society and leadership. Creating awareness around these challenges is more important than giving answers to them. Such awareness is created through observing and thinking. Your ability to informed reflection on yourself and the situation around you is essential for adequate decision making in this time of transition and uncertainty. Are you prepared?

Louise van Schaik, Senior Research Fellow & Coordinator Global Issues, Governance and Diplomacy, The Clingendael Institute
The politics of climate change
This contribution will address why the UN negotiations are evolving at such a slow pace. What kind of outcome can we expect in Paris at the end of 2015? And how has the UN climate process contributed to raising awareness and stimulating innovation and creative solutions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to inevitable climate change?

Huseyin R Demirhisar, CIO, Managing Partner, Angel Wings Ventures
The Impact Investment Now!
The recent global financial crisis evoked the belief that the success of an investment should not be measured by financial return alone. Nevertheless, we cannot respond today’s problems with traditional strategies and business models; we need to innovate and disrupt to respond to these challenges.
This transformation of investment strategy is best echoed in “Impact Investing” with intention to create positive impact beyond financial return. I launch a pioneering social impact VC fund that invests in innovative technologies and business models in Turkey.

The moderator is Annegien Blokpoel, CEO, PerspeXo

Event details

the future of Transformation

Thursday, June 26, 18:30-21:15
Location: Cabral Gebouw, Cabralstraat 1, 1057 CD Amsterdam (Near Mercatorplein)
The conference language is English.

The event is supported by
the Coop MidWest and the Andragologie Alumni Amsterdam.


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We organise events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society. We currently have more than 4,500 members globally.

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