The COVID-19 crisis has been a wakeup call. Humanity must pivot to a path that is more sustainable and resilient. We believe that one key element of this pivot is grassroots activities at the local level: experiments that help to foster a more sustainable society, and which can be replicated elsewhere.
The It’s Time to Pivot event, which people can join in person or online, is to explore the potential for diverse collaborations of people from around the world to use systems thinking and modelling and AI-based research tools to help communities become more sustainable and to help guide policymakers.
Hosted at the iconic South Rotunda, just meters from the official COP summit blue and green zones, the event will enable anyone who is interested to contribute to the discussion and help shape the future of society. It will conclude with a book signing by the moderator, Stephen Hamm, author of The Pivot: Addressing Global Problems Through Local Action, which follows the journey of Pivot Projects and was published by Columbia University Press.
When the world reemerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems likely that it will have transformed irrevocably. Can societies already reeling from climate change, income inequality, and structural racism change for the better? Does the shock of the pandemic offer an opportunity to pivot to a more sustainable way of life?
Early in the crisis, a global volunteer collaboration called Pivot Projects was formed to rethink how the world works. Some members are experts in the sciences and the humanities; others are environmental activists or regular people who see themselves as world citizens. In The Pivot, the journalist Steve Hamm—who embedded in the enterprise from the start—explores their efforts and shows how their approach provides a model for achieving systemic change. Chronicling the group’s progress along an uncharted path, he shows how people with a variety of skills and personalities collaborate to get things done.
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Peter Head, one of the founders of Pivot Projects:
"We know efforts to stem climate change and ecological destruction are not moving ahead fast enough. We have to pivot quickly to give children a more secure and thriving future. We must pull together to create a more resilient society using regenerative, transformational change on the city, village, and neighborhood level—tapping into collaborative intelligence and systems thinking. We need massive community involvement, both urban and rural, and, the only way to get that is by listening and using our heads AND our hearts."
“We are delighted to partner with the Pivot Projects and to contribute to the discussion at such an historic gathering as COP26. The It’s Time to Pivot event will be of interest to a wide range of people, from business and academic leaders to community leaders and everyday people who are concerned about the impact of climate change and want to do something about it. Our shared focus on solutions signals a natural partnership – and one we are very excited to take forward. I look forward to the event itself, and importantly to the conversations and actions that arise as a result.”