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A self-sovereign digital identity (SSID) empowering individuals to engage in heritage and legacy-planning, establishing trusted connections with future generations and their environment.

Dark Matter Labs and IOTA Foundation — with significant conceptual contributions from Futures Literacy experts at UNESCO and Finland Futures Research Centre at University of Turku — are launching Persistent Selv; an exploratory demo app empowering individuals to improve their ecological footprints, by prospecting their environmental legacies and establishing trusted connections with future generations.

Click here to test the Persistent Selv demo app.

INTERDEPENDENCIES WITH THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

“We live in an era of pathological short-termism. Our politicians can barely see past the next election or latest tweet. Markets spike then crash in speculative bubbles. Nations sit around international conference tables bickering away while the planet burns and species disappear. And we are constantly clicking the Buy Now button. …


Financing the Transition — Blog 3.

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This is the third of a series of blogs on financing the transformations that our societies need. It is part of our project ‘Re-coding for a civic capital economy’, co-financed by EIT Climate-KIC, and also builds on ideas developed through the EmergenE Room programme with McConnell Foundation, our work with Viable Cities, and the EIT Climate-KIC supported Long Term Alliance. See the first and second blog here and here.

Introduction

In the first post of the Bridging the Gap series, we outlined our overall Investment Thesis. This entails the urgent need to transition existing public and private capital, as well as to orient the new intergenerational investments towards five new asset classes, structured as a portfolio of novel infrastructure investments. These asset classes present a direct opportunity to address the interrelated health, economic, social, and climate crises in our cities and societies, all of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. …


Financing the Transition — Blog 2.

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This is the second of a series of blogs on financing the transformations that our societies need. It is part of our project ‘Re-coding for a civic capital economy’, co-financed by EIT Climate-KIC, and also builds on ideas developed through the EmergenE Room programme with McConnell Foundation, our work with Viable Cities, and the EIT Climate-KIC supported Long Term Alliance. See the first blog here.

Linked to the climate crisis is a huge funding gap estimated to be $6 trillion annually. There is both an opportunity and demand to look at the problem through a different lens, especially as current macroeconomic crisis management tools and unconventional monetary policies, such as Quantitative Easing, may not provide any substantial redress in the time required. …


Financing the Transition — Blog1.

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This is the first of a series of blogs on financing the transformations that our societies need. It is part of our project ‘Re-coding for a civic capital economy’, co-financed by EIT Climate-KIC, and also builds on ideas developed through the EmergenE Room programme with McConnell Foundation, our work with Viable Cities, and the EIT Climate-KIC supported Long Term Alliance.

Introduction

Our generation is facing an unprecedented long emergency — from climate crisis to economic hardships to health emergencies to social injustice — all further exposed and deepened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Governments around the world are increasingly aware that the scale of the present calamity requires radical capital, policy, and infrastructural solutions beyond our existing capabilities. The impact of these investment decisions will be felt for generations to come, with all the resulting implications both now and in the future. These intergenerational investments will need to address the needs of societies as a whole, carrying with them an array of accountabilities.


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Let’s Go Long..

“We need to create opportunities to invest into a sustainable future… and at the same time design it in a way that we can finance it.”

Our societal institutional infrastructures no longer have the capacity to consider the future meaningfully. The examples of climate change mitigation, plastic pollution, and structural deficits in funding infrastructure (novel or normal), demonstrate an inability to manage future risks and needs at a societal level.

While many would agree that societies need to build new capacities to address the strategic institutional deficits, the challenge is that our current mode of coordinating the future — using finance to shift capital — is premised on imposing certainty through the need for long-term security of investments. This is to the detriment of a more holistic future. Critically, such an approach discounts whatever lies outside the socio-economic system, such as nature, pollution, future risk, and so on. …


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Initiating a discussion towards pathways to unlocking a democratically-desired climate transition. (För svenska följ denna länk)

In their report “100 climate-neutral cities by 2030 — by and for the citizens” [1], the EU Mission Board for Climate Neutral Cities proposes the development of “a multi-level and co-creative process formalised in a Climate City Contract, adjusted to the realities of each city, […] aiming at the shared goal of the mission”. Meanwhile in Sweden the first nine cities signed a national Climate Contract (Klimatkontrakt 2030) on the 11th of December 2020, together with four government agencies and Viable Cities. The concept of the Climate City Contract will be further developed during the coming years. …


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Inledning till en diskussion om utvecklingsvägar för en demokratiskt önskvärd klimatomställning. (In English follow this link)

I sin rapport “100 climate-neutral cities by 2030 — by and for the citizens” [1], föreslår EU:s styrgrupp för klimatneutrala städer utvecklingen av en “multi-level and co-creative process formalised in a Climate City Contract, adjusted to the realities of each city, […] aiming at the shared goal of the mission”. I Sverige undertecknade de nio första städerna ett nationellt klimatavtal (Klimatkontrakt 2030) den 11 december 2020, tillsammans med fyra nationella myndigheter och programmet Viable Cities. Klimatkontraktet som koncept kommer att vidareutvecklas under de närmaste åren. …


Our ‘partner-manual’ to help those working with us to understand better the way we show up.

Why is collaboration so hard?

Addressing our age of interconnected risks — from climate change to massive inequality — is beyond the capacity of individual actors. Meaningful change will require a network and movement of very different interdependent change-agents and organisations working together to manage the complexity of the moment we find ourselves in.

Despite this need, our social and economic systems are designed with a heavy emphasis on separation and self-interest (more on that here); it is not surprising that deep collaboration often feels like wading through mud and all too often goes awry. As laid out brilliantly in his article, Nick Stanhope summarises the way in which “collaboration is really hard and that the conditions for genuine collaboration to thrive rarely exist” — with implicit competition driving damaging misalignment, massive friction leading to inefficiencies and exclusiveness as collaboration represents existing systematic underrepresentation. …


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This blog is part of a partnership exploring practical tools for a new type of organising with the purpose of creating ‘public good’. In it we set out a couple dominant assumptions and the impact we believe they’ve had for how we govern and organise. We then put forward a couple of alternative assumptions and the impact they could have, and explore alternative ‘21st century’ principles for governing and organising for ‘public good’. We lay out the actions planned by this partnership and invite you to take part.

When we organise with the explicit purpose of creating public good/value — ‘public good’ used here as an imperfect term to describe an intention of collective benefit distinct from, say, organising for the purpose of profit creation — the good/value that we create is often undermined or inhibited by the way we govern and how we organise. …


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Part 2: An exploration of Augmented Collective Intelligence

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced Civic AI. This is a project involving Dark Matter Labs and Lucidminds, supported by Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, through which we explore how AI can help communities to achieve the EU’s 2050 target of carbon neutrality. To address the climate crisis, we need to increase the capacity of communities to self-organise and adapt to a new reality. One way of achieving this may be by enhancing a community’s collective intelligence with AI, helping to align actions, reduce associated costs, and advance the value of collaboration. We refer to this as Augmented Collective Intelligence (ACI). In this piece, we outline some of the shared challenges that communities face when responding to the climate crisis. …

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