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 2019 Summaries



The second annual TRANSITION Forum ended on the same note that it started – with a strong call to action. “Many people share the same goals, but words do not always translate into actions,” said Lionel Le Maux, Chairman, Aqua Asset Management & Co-Founder, TRANSITION Forum, during the opening session. “What sets this event apart? It is about action, not just talk,” Le Maux added. In the closing session, Rinat Guy, Chief Innovation Officer, Municipality of Tel Aviv, Israel, cited Peter Drucker in saying : “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”


Session Summary: Food

The production and distribution of food for human consumption has a huge detrimental effect on our environment, including from the chemicals used in the process. Agriculture is the biggest user of freshwater resources and leaves a considerable carbon footprint. Then one in four calories produced for human consumption is wasted. “But it is not all gloom and doom,” said Marc André Kamel, a Partner and Director with Bain & Company in Paris. Advanced and disruptive technologies may be able to help humankind overcome these challenges.


Session Summary: Mobility

With three billion more people living in cities by 2050, geometry proves that the current model of urban mobility, based on the preeminence of the automobile, cannot last, said Timothy Papandreou, Founder of Emerging Transport Advisors (US). “You can only fit so much.” Incessant road building “is destroying cities,” he added. Cars produce three-quarters of urban air pollution and are responsible for 1.2 million deaths every year, according to Papandreou. “We accept these deaths,” Papandreou said. “But it is not acceptable.” How can transportation be made safe and ecologically-friendly?


Session Summary: Production & Consumption

Humankind would need three planets to maintain consumption at current levels, according to respected estimates. Americans on average consume 32 times that of citizens of Kenya, said Edie Lush, Executive Editor, Hub Culture and master of ceremonies for the 2019 TRANSITION Forum. How can the economy, business models and consumption habits be changed to bring everything into environmental and social alignment?


Session Summary: Housing

In response to the ecological transition, architects and urban planners are transforming the ways we live and the places in which we live, work, learn and play. Two out of three people are expected to be living in cities or other urban centers by 2050. What are some of the major challenges facing cities as they respond to the needs of increased urbanization? What are some of the innovative solutions emerging in sustainable housing and infrastructure?