The world is turned upside down, the streets are empty. Behind this seeming tranquility, there is a storm raging through our values and structures. This gives us the space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems? In this new series, we will showcase the perspectives of a variety of thought leaders who will reflect on this present-day situation. Through the lens of their own area of expertise and with an emphasis on the Creative Industry. The corona crisis is, without a doubt, a crisis that is leaving behind a trail of victims. But which transformations will we be left within the aftermath? During these times, it is the creatives who can visualise new scenarios and through hypothesising can develop new insights into our future.
Eva Gladek, holding a Master’s in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology from Amherst College, is the founder and CEO of Metabolic, a consulting, research, and venture building firm focused on tackling global sustainability challenges and advancing a circular economy. Metabolic was founded n 2012 with the mission of transitioning the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable and circular state. They provide strategies and tools, crunche data, create new technologies, build pilots, and scale up innovations. Headquartered in Amsterdam, Metabolic has an international and interdisciplinary team working with governments, businesses, and non-profits around the world. In her years of consulting work and concept development, Eva has advised hundreds of organisations, ranging from progressive cities to global NGOs, and industry leaders in nearly every economic sector. She is an expert in technical environmental management techniques and has developed a number of frameworks for systems thinking, the circular economy, and sustainable design.
Eva invited Matthew Moroney to join us in this episode and reflect on her vision for a city reset. He is Chief Operating Officer and Cofounder at Raise Green, an investor marketplace/ platform for local impact investing. It offers access to accredited and non-accredited, corporate or individual investors who want fractional ownership in clean energy and climate solution projects, and are looking to invest for local impact.
Duurzaam bedrijfsleven - Eva Gladek, oprichter en directeur van Metabolic kijkt als industrieel ecoloog naar menselijke systemen vanuit een ecologisch perspectief. Vanuit dat oogpunt blijkt dat het huidige economisch systeem niet goed functioneert. “De huidige crisis onthult de scheuren in het systeem zoals het nu is.” Wat is haar visie op de coronacrisis? >>
TSAI - The team behind Raise Green describes their ultimate goal in ambitious terms: they envision “a healthy, just, and sustainable world that we all own and benefit from.” Recently, they accomplished a key early step on the way to this goal: the installation of a crowdfunded solar panel array on a New Haven building. We caught up with the team, who participated in CITY’s 2018 Summer Fellowship, to learn more about their recent work. >>