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Global Innovation Earth Night 2020 - Celebrating 50 Years!

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by Andreas Stillman in Innovation
April 16, 2020

Global Innovation Earth Night 2020
– Celebrating 50 Years!

To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Venture Café Global will host a special Earth Day sessions at our Virtual Thursday Gathering! In collaboration with Coalesce, #VCEarthNight2020 will take place on April 23rd from 5:00 – 8:00 PM EST with a program designed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) combined with tangible, impactful, and fun action you can engage in. 

Join us to hack global sustainability challenges and connect as an international community to promote innovation with integrity. Connect, learn, share, inspire, and prepare to have some virtual fun with an array of engaging opportunities for connection. 

Event at a Glance

5:00 – 7:00 PM Solutions Lab Action Center (in Remo)
5:00 – 5:15 PM Intro – SDG Welcome + Context (in Zoom)
5:20 – 6:05 PM Session Block 1

  • Sustainable Communities: Carbon Free Energy Resilience  (EcoMotion Inc)
  • Equity for All: Closing the Gender Wage Gap (Arjuna Capital) 

6:10 – 6:55 PM Session Block 2

  • Climate Action: Making Climate Change Personal (Harvard C-CHANGE)
  • Economic Empowerment + Shared Leadership (GRTL + Greyston Bakeries)

7:00 – 7:10 PM Takeaways + Next steps
7:10 – 8:00 PM Take Action Now

  • Contemplate: Quiet reflections on the evening’s conversation
  • Activate: Learn about and share solutions to bring home now

Session Descriptions

5PM-7PM | SOLUTIONS LAB ACTION CENTER (in Remo)

Facilitated networking to connect with industry experts and solutions advocates to learn more through one-on-one or small group conversations. Participants are encouraged to participate in multiple conversations. Conversation topics will cover:

  • Art + Sustainability | Vince Ferguson
  • B-Corps | Sara Blenkhorn
  • Water | Robin Miller of Ceres
  • Biodiversity | Sarah Carey
  • Food + Energy | Drew Pierson 
  • Zero Waste | Elena Sereiviene
  • Community Engagement | Chris Di Franco
  • Coronavirus and the Environment | Maggie Teliska 
  • Capacity Building | Jess Serrante + Anastasia Schemkes
  • International Collaboration | Arturo Heckathorn
  • Low Carbon Energy | Travis Sheehan

5PM – 5:15PM | INTRO: SDGs, HOW TO PARTICIPATE, AND MORE (in Zoom)

Welcome from Coalesce.Earth and Venture Cafe Global. Here you will learn more about the SDG framework and how to make the most of your virtual evening with us.  

Mission: mobilize a global community of innovators around Agenda 2030 and the UN SDGs + inspire people with real-time solutions and stories from field builders while fostering interconnection between change-makers. 

Vision: lay the groundwork for an ongoing virtual (and hopefully live) lab space to solve global sustainability platforms.

5:20PM – 6:05PM | SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: CARBON FREE ENERGY RESILIENCE | Ted Flanigan of EcoMotion

Learn what a carbon free future looks like in this crash course on renewable energy. Utilizing EcoMotion’s seven spheres of sustainability, this session will focus on broad tips for eco-conscious living before delving deeply into energy. Carbon-free microgrids, vehicle-to-grid integration, and how to bring exciting new technologies to your community will be key takeaways. Walk-the-talk when it comes to renewable energy for sustainable communities. 

5:20PM – 6:05PM | EQUITY FOR ALL: CLOSING THE GENDER WAGE GAP | Julia Frost of Arjuna Capital

Engage your dharma and develop enlightened self interest with Arjuna Capital. How do you take morally right action in a morally complex world? Money = power, and we have  the power to shift investments and move money to align with morals. Persistence pays off when closing racial + gender pay gaps by pressing top banks, retail, and tech companies in the US.  Answer the question: what can we do now to make an impact? 

6:10PM – 6:55PM | CLIMATE ACTION: MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE PERSONAL | Skye Flanigan of Harvard C-CHANGE & Michael Totten of Assets for Life

Explore the interconnected-ness between personal health and climate change. Current times are exemplifying how interconnected and fragile our world is.  Our encroachment on species habitats can make the world come to a grinding stop, as it has through this pandemic. Climate change is a people problem; we all share a desire to protect health. Learn how to use this as a connector — we all strive to keep ourselves, our family, and our planet healthy. Become inspired by solutions to take action and rebuild. 

6:10PM – 6:55PM | ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: SHARED LEADERSHIP | Lori Hanau of GRTL & Sunitha Malieckal of Greyston Bakeries

Discover the nature of what work could look like after this global change from two B-Corps. Explore the questions and intentions that mutual crises have brought to the forefront in GRTL + Greyston’s  particular areas of work. Learn about tools for effecting change in a time of great upheaval. 

7PM – 7:10PM | TAKEAWAYS + NEXT STEPS 

Circle back as a community to highlight key themes from facilitators and decide how to fulfill the final hour of the evening by taking action either introspectively or in a solutions expo.

7:10PM – 8PM | TAKE ACTION NOW

Contemplate: Quiet reflections on the evening’s conversation

Join a guided meditation, breathwork, and gentle movement practice (led by a yoga teacher) to absorb and integrate conversations had throughout the evening. Journals (digital or analog) are encouraged!

Activate: Learn about and share solutions to bring home now

A facilitated conversation with elevator pitches, DIY at home ideas, student activism, and more to take action now in your everyday life, professionally personally.

We look forward to celebrating Earth Night with you! Please be in touch if you are interested in sponsorship or being more involved.

With gratitude, Coalesce.Earth ,
Venture Cafe Global Institute and Venture Café’s Global Sustainability Core Team

For more Earth Night Programming, check out these additional Thursday Gathering Sessions:

4/23 5PM- 6PM AEST (9AM CET/3AM EST) EARTH DAY: IMPACT LAUNCHES! | Venture Cafe Sydney

4/23 6PM- 7PM AEST (10AM CET/4AM EST) EARTH DAY PANEL – LEAPING INTO THE GREEN ECONOMY | Venture Cafe Sydney

 

Join the Virtual Gathering on 4/23

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