Knowledge & Learning in a Rapidly Changing World | Smart City Futures 2009

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Societás Founder & CEO Melissa Sterry's introduction to the panel session: 'Policy Futures: Towards a Framework for Sustainable Economies', presented at the Smart City Futures Conference at The Lowry, Salford Quays, on 23rd July 2009.

Titled 'Knowledge & Learning in a Rapidly Changing World' Melissa's presentation explores perceptions of sustainable innovation and how knowledge impacts perception and decision making.

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Knowledge & Learning in a Rapidly Changing World | Smart City Futures 2009

  1. 1. #smartcities POLICY FUTURES: TOWARDS A FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES KNOWLEDGE & LEARNING IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD Chair: Melissa Sterry, CEO, Societás, UK Speakers: Prof. Takeda Shuzaburo, Executive Director, The Business-University Forum of Japan Richard Jepson, Director, Alcatel-Lucent, UK/Ireland Nicky Gavron, Londonwide Assembly Member, London Assembly, UK
  2. 2. WHAT DOES THE TERM ‘SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION’ MEAN TO YOU?
  3. 3. DOES ‘SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION’ MEAN…
  4. 4. OR DOES ‘SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION’ MEAN…
  5. 5. Cool Earth’s concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system Inexpensive materials, radically reducing material requirements, as well as plant deployment costs and time One CPV plant covering 150 miles by 150 miles would generate enough power to meet all the electrical needs of the United States until 2030 Each 8-foot-diameter concentrator is made of plastic film and has a transparent upper hemisphere and a reflective lower hemisphere. When inflated with air the concentrator naturally forms a shape that concentrates sunlight onto a PV cell placed at the focal point
  6. 6. CURB - 100% sustainable media • Clean advertising • Sand / Compost Art • Logrow / Ad Field • Mow Ad / Crop Ad • Rake Ad • Snow Tagging • Solar Art • H2 Show
  7. 7. Ross Lovegrove - Solar Trees • Solar-powered urban street lighting •Solar branches follow the sun
  8. 8. The Aptera • 300 miles or more to the gallon • Shape minimizes air resistance • 3 wheels minimize drag on the road • Interior and exterior LED lighting • Solar assisted climate control system • Recycled materials • Both electric and plug-in hybrid models • Top speed of 90mph • 0-60 in around 10 seconds • Ample storage - interior large enough to fit a surf board
  9. 9. Parans - Solar Fibre Optic Lighting Collects natural sunlight and feeds into interior spaces via optical cables, which flows out through Parans patented luminary technology Light can be collected from roofs or exterior walls - using optical lenses to collect and concentrate the light
  10. 10. OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE TO US IS CONDITIONED BY OUR LEVEL OF AWARENESS IF WE ARE NOT AWARE WE ARE COMPROMISED IN OUR DECISION MAKING KNOWELDGE GIVES US THE POWER TO MAKE UNCOMPROMISED DECISIONS
  11. 11. MAKING… KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND OUR LEARNING PROCESSES CRITICAL TO OUR FUTURE SUCCESS WHEN SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS WE FACE INNOVATION IN LEARNING = INNOVATION IN THINKING http://societas.ltd.uk © Societas Ltd 2009 All Rights Reserved

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