ETA Distinguished Lecture: Navigating the Mother of All Disruptions
Researchers, policy makers and agencies face the possible demise within the next ten years of the oil, gas, coal, uranium, nuclear, utility and auto industries, and the banks that hold the paper in these. The convergence of such business models like transit as a service (TaaS), no money down renewables, storage as a service (SaaS) and the convergence of technologies including unsubsidized renewables that cost less than the running cost of conventional power plants, falling battery costs, electric and driverless car have the potential to combine to create the mother of all disruptions.
In one sense, this is great news: it offers a way to ramp down from the climate catastrophe now battering the world. But managing this transition, when most officials deny its existence will be a challenge.
Researchers from such disciplines as energy policy, economics, public policy, finance and many more need to outline the systems implications of all these moving parts, and outline a strategy for keeping the economy afloat as it undergoes perhaps the greatest transition since the industrial revolution.
At the same time, researchers have shown that it is possible to run climate change backwards by transforming our agriculture system. Analysis is needed to map out how these two transitions will interact, how to maximize public benefit while minimizing disruption. Who wins? Who loses? The interdisciplinary capabilities of LBNL have never been needed so urgently.
Hunter Lovins, who has been at the forefront of driving such transitions, will sketch out the same of the disruptions to come, and invite scholars to rise to the challenge of mapping the route forward.
Hunter Lovins, JD
President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
L. Hunter Lovins is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, a Colorado non-profit that educates senior decision makers in the business case for a Regenerative Economy. NCS helps companies, communities and countries implement more sustainable practices profitably.
Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter is a professor of sustainable business management at Bard College and the chief insurgent of the Madrone Project. Lovins has consulted for industries and governments worldwide, including International Finance Corporation, Unilever, Walmart, the United Nations and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as sustainability champions Interface, Patagonia and Clif Bar. She has briefed heads of state, the Pentagon, and about 30 other countries, as well as the U.S. Congress.
Hunter lectures regularly to audiences around the globe. She has worked in economic development in countries from Afghanistan to New Zealand, and served the King of Bhutan on his International Expert Working Group, charged with transforming the global economy. She sits on the steering committee of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity, and Capital Institute Advisory Board. A founding mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, she teaches entrepreneurship and coaches social enterprises around the world. She is a founding partner of Principium, an impact investing firm.