“Designing Transformation Capital” Workshop

London, United Kingdom
3 - 4 July, 2019

According to the IPCC 1.5 Degree Special Report, the world requires rapid and unprecedented transformations in socio-technical systems (energy, land, cities, infrastructure, industry) to avoid the most perilous consequences of climate change. Financial capital is an important lever in all socio-technical systems, so the way capital accumulates and flows within such systems has a significant impact on our ability to reduce GHG emissions and build a climate-resilient society.

Traditional capital markets are ill-equipped to fuel such systems transformations. EIT Climate-KIC has therefore set out to develop a new investment logic capable of instigating and catalyzing directional transformative change of socio-technical systems: Transformation Capital. Read more about why the need for Transformation Capital and what its contours could look like here.

The Journey Ahead

At present, Transformation Capital is a design challenge. We are tackling this challenge with systems thinkers, innovation practitioners, progressive investment professionals, and ambitious problem owners.

As the first step in this journey, we will bring together a group of sharp minds and creative voices for a two-day workshop in London on the 3rd and 4th of July 2019. EIT Climate-KIC is hosting this workshop in collaboration with the Oxford Martin School and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

The outcomes of the workshop will feed into the development of the Transformation Capital Initiative, whose mission will be to develop and prototype an investment programme capable of deploying capital with transformative effects starting in the second half of 2019.

Purpose of the Workshop

  • Explore the need and opportunity for a new investment logic nestled within a broader approach of directional systems innovation
  • Develop the intellectual and conceptual underpinnings of Transformation Capital from the theory and practice of complex systems science
  • Design a Transformation Capital investment programme from the practice and needs of investors
  • Build a community of Transformation Capital Pioneers to develop the capabilities and structures required for prototyping the investment programme starting in the 2nd half of 2019

Details of the Workshop

  Day 1 Day 2
Date & Time 3 July 2019, 10:00 – 17:00 4 July 2019, 10:00 – 17:00
Venue Central London (to be announced)
  • 2-days, with different participant groups (max. 20 people/day, by invitation only)
  • Focus on divergent outputs
  • Mixed-methods workshop, professionally facilitated
Focal Topic From Systems Theory to Investment Practice Linking Investment Practice with Systems Theory
  • Systems thinkers (academics and practitioners)
  • Problem owners: government representatives, corporate executives, multilateral agencies
  • Investment professionals (investors, regulators, advisors, auditors; experts in structuring, transactions, execution)
  • Problem owners (government representatives, corporate executives, multilateral agencies)
Costs Free for invited participants



Upon invitation only. Attendance to be confirmed by 14 June 2019.

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