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The Future we Want: Discussion Series

In a world increasingly defined by system shocks, how might we collectively chart a course towards the future we want? As part of CISL’s Future we Want initiative, we are exploring this through a series of strategic discussions with leading thinkers from business, finance, government and academia.
When Sep 18, 2020 02:20 PM to
Oct 29, 2020 02:15 PM
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The discussions have been shaped by a global call for leadership questions that CISL ran earlier this year – which resulted in nearly 1000 submissions from our international network.

The audience will be drawn from CISL’s network of over 16,000 senior leaders and practitioners from business, government and civil society who have an impact in every sector and on every continent.

Approaching this from a systems perspective, these discussions aim to shine a light on the choices that need to be made, both now and in the long term – posing sometimes contrasting and provocative perspectives on the pathway forward.

We look forward to having you join us in unpacking the critical questions that move us towards The Future we Want.

Accelerating climate action amid Covid-19 for the Future we Want

Date: 20 October 2020

Time: 1.00-2.15pm

In the face of the Covid-19 Pandemic we’re facing the biggest global recession in living memory. At the same time the pressure to decarbonise is growing ever more urgent. How can measures to respond to one crisis be aligned with dealing with the other and are business and governments following through? 


Karen BasiyeKaren Basiye, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Social Policy, SafaricomKaren is a keen Sustainability Practitioner and a Corporate Environment Manager with 15 years’ experience. Over the years she has worked at the National Environment Management Authority and Safaricom where she developed competencies in Leadership, Governance, Strategic Thinking, Sustainability Reporting (both Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Social Policy, Corporate Environmental Management, Environmental Management Systems. Energy and Climate change policies, Strategies for Sustainable Development, Integrated Product Policies, Sustainable Consumption and Production and integration of Sustainable Development Goals into company strategies.
Hector PollittHector Pollitt, Director and Head of Modelling, Cambridge Econometrics. Hector is also a research fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) at the University of Cambridge. Hector is a post-Keynesian economist and has worked with Cambridge Econometrics’ global E3ME macro-econometric model for more than 17 years. Using E3ME, he has contributed to numerous high-level climate policy assessments, including the recent analysis of the EU’s proposed 55% GHG reduction target for 2030.
Emily ShuckburghDr Emily Shuckburgh, Director, Cambridge Zero

Emily is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey. She leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Until April 2019 she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group at British Antarctic Survey. In the past she has worked at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT.

James WildeJames Wilde, Group Head of Sustainability, Lloyds Banking Group. James joined the Group in 2018 to help develop a sustainability strategy focused on supporting and financing the transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy. Prior to joining Lloyds Banking Group, James was Managing Director at the Carbon Trust, where he worked for 15 years with business and governments around the world on climate change related issues. His work there informed the introduction of a number of new policies and finance mechanisms and spanned a wide range of topics in the UK and abroad - from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, energy efficiency financing, low carbon buildings design through to renewable energy finance and low carbon technology innovation programmes & policy.

Eliot WhittingtonChair: Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy; Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group. 

Eliot leads CISL’s team that bridges between business and policy makers to bring about a more sustainable economy. He is the current Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, which brings together businesses to work towards a step change in policy and action on climate change, and of the EU Green Growth Platform, which creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.



New Forms of Leadership for the Future we Want

Date 30 October 2020

Time 1.00-2.15pm

The 21st Century will be shaped by system shocks such as Covid-19 and climate change. How can leaders improve decision-making for both the short term and long term in a time of crisis? What thought processes and principles will underpin leadership decision making to enable the future we want? More details to follow.

Chaired by Gillian Secrett, Director of Leadership Programmes, CISL

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Closing the inequality gap: What is the role of business in building an inclusive society?

Covid-19 has laid bare the widening inequalities around the world and has further increased the gap between rich and poor, men and women, pushing millions into hardship. What needs to change now to close this gap and drastically improve conditions and opportunities for those being left behind? Given its role in the economy and society, what can business do differently to help address the impacts and causes of economic inequality?

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the precariousness of our economies. It has called into question the measures used by governments to guide economic performance which, for many, did not reflect or deliver many of the things we valued during lockdown: family, health, community, and nature. An unprecedented window exists to question how we could design an economy to deliver more of these things in future. If metrics like GDP do not capture what we value, what alternatives exist and how could we accelerate their adoption?



By 2050, we will need to create a net negative emissions economy while restoring many of our natural systems. Who should be accountable to lead this and how can we accelerate measurable progress?

Find out more about The Future we Want and CISL's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.