Speakers & Facilitators

Nwamaka Agbo (in-person)

CEO of Kataly & Managing Director of the Restorative Economies Fund

Perhaps the most important restorative social norm to explore for healing harms and connecting for change is restorative economics, with its focus on community ownership and governance, as a strong antidote to the destructive nature of late-stage capitalist economics that currently siphons wealth, health, and power out of the Commons into concentrated ownership.

Nwamaka is the CEO of the Kataly Foundation and Managing Director of the Restorative Economies Fund. In her roles, Nwamaka collaborates with the Kataly team to lead the foundation’s day to day operations, while holding the community-centered strategy and vision for the Fund. With a background in community organizing, electoral campaigns, policy and advocacy work on racial, social and environmental justice issues, Nwamaka is deeply committed to supporting projects that build resilient, healthy and self-determined communities rooted in shared prosperity.

Prior to joining the Kataly Team, Nwamaka built an independent consulting practice guided by her framework on Restorative Economics. As a consultant, she provided technical assistance and strategic guidance to community owned and governed community wealth building initiatives like Restore OaklandBlack Land & Power and others. Her work with these community driven projects led her to providing trainings and advisory services to donors, foundations and impact investment firms including institutions like The San Francisco Foundation and RSF Social Finance. Nwamaka has served as a fellow for the Center for Economic Democracy and the Movement Strategy Center. She proudly serves on the board of Thousand Currents and Restore Oakland, Inc.

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti 

Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria. Co-Founder, Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures

I welcome the opportunity of the r3.0 Conference to plant the seeds of a decolonial future by hospicing the inherent unsustainability of modernity/coloniality and its denial of the limits of the planet — and the fact that the finite earth-metabolism cannot sustain exponential growth, consumption, extraction, exploitation, and expropriation indefinitely.

I am a professor at the University of British Columbia and the incoming Dean of the Faculty of Education at University of Victoria (starting in July, 2023). I am currently the interim director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC.  I have held a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change (2014-2022) and the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education (2022). I am one of the co-founders of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Arts/Research Collective (decolonialfutures.net). My latest book Hospicing Modernity: Facing humanity’s wrongs and the implications for social activism was published in 2021.

Rohan Anthony (online)

Research, Evaluation and Learning Strategist, A Growing Culture
I look forward to centering Majority World perspectives and highlighting the importance of exploring pluralistic and sovereign pathways in radical world building and systems change. By unpacking the nuances of power, identity, and intersectionality, I aim to challenge traditional reform and assert that social justice and authentic systemic transformation is the only means to attain environmental justice.

Rohan is a human rights activist in India, working as a writer and researcher at A Growing Culture. He’s passionate about working with radical peasant and worker struggles towards revolutionary praxis. His interests are in contributing to research-led storytelling to challenge dominant narratives and strengthen the case for food sovereignty everywhere.

Bill Baue (online)

Senior Director, r3.0

Current social norms are driving humanity across catastrophic ecological and social tipping points — luckily, the latest research reveals that tipping points can also trigger restorative social norms that help heal past harms and avert what Dana Meadows called ‘overshoot and collapse.’ This year’s r3.0 Conference focuses on connecting our positive maverick network with broader movements to effect this much-needed change!

As an internationally recognized expert on ThriveAbility, Sustainability Context, and Online Stakeholder Engagement, Bill designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. A serial entrepreneur, he’s co-founder of a number of companies and initiatives: ThriveAbility Foundation, Sustainability Context Group, Convetit and Sea Change Radio. He works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Ceres, GE, Global Compact, Harvard, UNCTAD, UNEP, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute.

Dr. Avit Bhowmik (in-person)

Environmental scientist, Climate solutionist
Research Director, Centre for Research on Sustainable Societal Transformation, Karlstad University, Sweden

 

It’s high time for the dialog about how to trigger social tipping points for rapid sustainability transformation – and the r3.0 Conference can be the starting point.

For the last 8 years, Avit has advanced research on rapid climate action and social tipping points. He contributed to the conceptual development of social tipping points as well as to identifying scales to maximise the benefit of those tipping interventions. He played a key role in several reports released in the Conference of the Parties (COP), Global Climate Action Summits and United Nations High Level Political Forums outlining pathways to exponentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and abruptly transform societies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Avit advises municipalities and national and international scale industries and NGOs about strategising climate action and sustainability transformation plan.

Graham Boyd (in-person)

CEO, Evolutesix 

I’m excited to speak about our 15 years’ global experience in building businesses to be inherently regenerative because they are incorporated as multicapital FairShares Commons companies, not owned but stewarded by all stakeholders, and a foundation for restorative economics.

I’ve asked “why isn’t the economy equitable and just for all life” for most of my life; and for the past 15 years I’ve been committed to rebuilding the economy to become just that. In those 15 years I’ve built and consulted to businesses, and learnt what must be true: only an integrated approach of 1) incorporate and govern as a multi-capital commons; 2) use a self-governing organisation design at least, even better and autopoietic one; 3) human growth and regeneration must be core, so embed deliberately developmental practices; and 4) profit pooling is the secret ingredient to minimise risks and maximise regenerative impact. All covered in my two books with economics Jack Reardon: Rebuild the Economy, Leadership and You (a DIY guide) and The Ergodic Investor and Entrepreneur, due for release in May 2023. I got there because I grew up in apartheid South Africa, did my PhD in theoretical particle physics, and worked for Procter and Gamble.

Indy Johar (in-person)

Co-Founder, Dark Matter Labs

r3.0 Conferences are the world’s best at merging sophisticated philosophy & technical resolution, so I’m pleased to contribute our work on depropertization — unbundling property to return land to nature and steward the Commons for fair and just sharing within constraints.

Indy Johar is focused on the strategic design of new super scale civic assets for transition – specifically at the intersection of financing, contracting and governance for deeply democratic futures. Indy is co-founder of darkmatterlabs.org and of the RIBA award winning architecture and urban practice Architecture00 – https://www.architecture00.net, a founding director of open systems lab – https://www.opensystemslab.io (digitising planning), seeded WikiHouse (open source housing) – https://www.wikihouse.cc  and Open Desk (open source furniture company) https://www.opendesk.cc. Indy is a non-executive international Director of the BloxHub https://bloxhub.org (Denmark Copenhagen) – the Nordic Hub for sustainable urbanization and was 2016-17 Graham Willis Visiting Professorship at Sheffield University.  He was also Studio Master at the Architectural Association – 2019-2020, UNDP Innovation Facility Advisory Board Member  2016-20 and RIBA Trustee 2017-20. He has taught & lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; University College London, Princeton, Harvard, MIT and New School. Most recently, he was awarded the London Design Medal for Innovation in 2022.

Ashish Kothari

Founding Member, Kalpavriksh; Initiator, Vikalp Sangam; Initiator, Global Tapestry of Alternatives

I look forward to asserting that the global South has a pluriverse of radical worldviews and practices, for justice and sustainability, that the global North needs to listen to and learn from.

  • Founder-member of Kalpavriksh
  • Member of many people’s movements
  • Taught at Indian Institute of Public Administration
  • Coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan
  • Served on boards of Greenpeace International and India, ICCA Consortium
  • Judge on International Tribunal on Rights of Nature
  • Helps coordinate Vikalp Sangam (www.vikalpsangam.org),
    Global Tapestry of Alternatives  (www.globaltapestryofalternatives.org) and
    Radical Ecological Democracy  (www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org)
  • Co-author/co-editor, Churning the Earth, Alternative Futures, and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary 

Beverly L. Longid

Global Coordinator, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)

While Global North and Western cultures have, for centuries, marginalized indigenous lives in violent and fatal ways, we Indigenous Peoples recognize the centrality of our sacred life-ways, which emerged over millennia of balanced relationship with the living earth and with our fellow living beings in an unbroken chain that we at IPMSDL and our allies continuously reassert today and into the future.

Ms. Beverly L. Longid is an Igorot (Indigenous Peoples of the Cordillera) belonging to the Bontok-Kankanaey people of Alab, Bontok and Sagada, Mtn. Province, Philippines. She serves as the global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), as well as the International Solidarity officer of Katribu or the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Organizations in the Philippines, among others. She is a former student leader and a former Chair of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Philippines. She is a human rights activist and one of the founders of Cordillera Human Rights Alliance and had also served as the Executive Director of Dinteg (Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Legal Resource Center). Currently, she is a member of the CPA Advisory Council and sits in such a capacity in its Regional Council.  She holds a degree in Psychology and English Literature, and Law.

Dr. Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal (in-person)

Co-founder, Rubicon Insight Social Consulting

It takes many minds and many perspectives to construct the best possible plan, and I am sincerely looking forward to meeting and hearing from other like-minded individuals who all share the common thread of getting humanity on its best course forward. Equally, I am excited to share our research on social norms and how it might strengthen the numerous approaches and domains that all rely on understanding social behaviors, emerging behaviors, and strategic tipping points of interest.

Dr. Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary archaeologist, anthropologist, linguist, and analytical chemist. Her published works pair scientific empiricism with anthropologically informed social analyses of ancient Maya practices. She has previously been a Research Fellow with both the U.S. Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center and the Wurtele Center for Art of the Ancient Americas at Yale University.

More recently, she and her husband have started a consulting practice aimed at bringing the historical perspective of archaeology to bear on contemporary social issues. Questions of sustainable development, such as changing environments and global communities, require stable social change and adaptation to be successful – just as it always has, historically. Their recent publication “The Behavior of Information: A Reconsideration of Social Norms” (April 2023) is the initial offering of their combined work.

Jennifer Dhyana Nucci (online)

Founder/ Owner, Breath of Being

Jennifer has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 25 years. She’s trained in Hatha, Prana, and Taoist Yoga, as has taught all ages and all levels of practice. She’s a massage therapist and is trained in Herbalism-both Chinese and Western- Non-Violent Communication, trauma recovery, emotional release therapy, and Ayurvedic health.

Femke Sleegers (in-person)

 Initiator, Social Tipping Point Coalition and Advertising Fossil Free

In light of the catastrophic tipping points humanity is crossing, fueled by irresponsible corporate advertising and broken business models, we are fortunate that tipping points can also be triggered to rapidly transform into beneficial social norms that show promise for averting the worst impacts of climate change and other ecological crises.

Femke Sleegers is a cultural  psychologist and initiator of several climate campaigns in the Netherlands. She started Fossil Free Education to address fossil fuel influence in Dutch elementary and secondary schools. Inspired by the Tobacco Ad Ban, in 2019 she initiated Fossil Free Advertising

(Reclame Fossielvrij) to campaign for a national ban on fossil ads and sponsorships, also including sponsored lesson materials. As a fossil ad ban is one of the social tipping point interventions, Femke initiated the Social Tipping Point Coalition (STPC) to urge the Dutch government to make a policy strategy to elicit a social tipping point to limit global warming to 1,5C.Apart from a fossil ad ban, the STPC highlights climate education for all, mandatory divestment, a stop to fossil fuel subsidies and regulation that enables neighbourhoods to generate, store and share sustainable energy.

Anneloes Smitsman (in-person)

CEO, EARTHwise Centre

I am delighted to present the EARTHwise Constitution for a Planetary Civilization as a case-study for developing collective stewardship and common good governance based on key r3.0 principles. 

Dr. Anneloes Smitsman, Ph.D., LLM, is a futurist, systems scientist, award-winning pioneer in human development and systems change, and award-winning bestselling author. She is the architect and initiator of the EARTHwise Constitution for a Planetary Civilization, and is a Founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre. Her programs and systems are sought after around the world for actualizing our future human potential and developing collective stewardship for thrivability. She also serves as at the lead architect for the Hypha and SEEDS Constitution for developing tools, platforms, and regenerative economies with decentralised governance. She is the co-author with Dr. Jean Houston of the award-winning bestsellers of the Future Humans Trilogy: The Quest of Rose, and Return of the Avatars, co-editor and co-author with Dr. Alexander Laszlo of The New Paradigm in Politics, as well as numerous other publications. She is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle of the Source of Synergy Foundation, and is based in the Netherlands and Mauritius.

Hans Stegeman (in-person)

Chief Economist, Triodos Bank

Extractive economics is mainstream economics, where system failures are the root cause of ecological and social crises. To move to a restorative economy requires system changes, where we can start with the financial sector as one solution pathway. I am happy to explore this further with the participants at the 10th r3.0 Conference.

Hans Stegeman is chief economist at Triodos Bank and a columnist for the Dutch newspaper Financieele Dagblad. He is responsible for economic and sustainability research and Triodos’ impact strategy. The common thread in everything he does is the realisation that our economic system needs to change fundamentally and that the financial sector plays a crucial role in this. Before joining Triodos, he worked at Rabobank as chief economist, CPB (the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) and labour union ABVAKABO.

Ralph Thurm (in-person)

Managing Director, r3.0

r3.0’s 2023 Conference marks the 10th edition of our successful yearly event, presenting content that’s necessary for a regenerative & distributive future economy. I am excited about this year’s session setup: looking at new generic economic design, bringing back indigenous wisdom and boosting margin-based innovation to achieve positive social tipping points as well as future-oriented governance design are the focus areas of this year’s r3.0 Conference. We continue a hybrid format to allow for access over many time zones.

Ralph Thurm is one of the leading international experts for sustainable innovation and strategy as well as sustainability and integrated reporting. He is co-initiator, content curator and facilitator of the r3.0 Platform, worked as Director of Engagement for GISR and co-founder of the ThriveAbility Foundation. Earlier, Ralph Thurm held positions as Head of the Sustainability Strategy Council at Siemens, COO of the Global Reporting Initiative and Director of Sustainability & Innovation at Deloitte. Ralph was involved in the development of all four generations of the GRI Guidelines. Furthermore Ralph works in and supports many networks for sustainable innovation as a valued partner and is a member of various Boards and Jury’s. His blog A|HEAD|ahead is a respected source and input for many international discussions.

Elisabeth Yeampierre (online)

Executive Director, UPROSE; Co-Chair, Climate Justice Alliance

I’m thrilled to share the learnings of the Climate Justice Alliance and the broader United Frontline Table network that inform A People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy, a broad framework that applies a strong social justice lens to the question of economic system design.

Elizabeth Yeampierre is a internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. A national leader in climate justice movement, Elizabeth is the co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance. She is Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization. Her award winning vision for an inter-generational, multi-cultural and community led organization is the driving force behind UPROSE. She is a long-time advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice and community-led climate adaptation and community resiliency in Sunset Park. Prior to assuming the Executive Director position at UPROSE, Ms. Yeampierre was the Director of Legal Education and Training at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, Director of Legal Services for the American Indian law Alliance and Dean of Puerto Rican Student Affairs at Yale University. She holds a BA from Fordham University, a law degree from Northeastern University.