Climate Action Summit Technical Workshop

Moderated discussion among technical and strategic partners, leaders and outside experts

  • Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Venue: Nature4Climate Hub — by invitation
  • Contact: You may use the form below
  • Event page: ResilienceIntel.org/unga2019-workshop

Overview

We need to know how our decisions relate to the health and resilience of natural systems that sustain life. Those systems shape our overall potential for thriving, safety, and for building a world of sustainable peace and prosperity. Understanding those dynamics is resilience intelligence.

Resilience Intel is an effort to make sure all money everywhere is climate-smart. 

The need to integrate biodiversity protection, ocean health and resilience, and regenerative land use, into the national climate plans attached to the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement negotiations—and so into all future finance—will inform this process of collaborative technical problem-solving. Our aim is that Resilience Intel provide this needed insight to enhance national climate action strategies.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, as a contribution to the landscape of action surrounding the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, we will hold a working session for existing and prospective partners, leaders and stakeholders to map the critical technological and network innovations to required build out the Resilience Intel system.


Agenda

In this technical workshop, we will focus on next steps in three primary areas of work:

  1. Technological and networking priorities for building the Resilience Intel system
  2. Connecting disparate and parallel data systems to achieve an overall measure of resilience value
  3. Mobilizing resources to incentivize investments that protect biodiversity and build resilience

The meeting will open with a brief background note on challenges and priorities, and then proceed as follows:

  • 4:30 – 4:35 — Introductions
  • 4:35 – 4:45 — Review of Resilience Intel work and priorities
  • 4:45 – 5:15 — Discussion of critical technical challenges
  • 5:15 – 5:45 — Substantive contributions and technical next steps
  • 5:45 – 5:55 — Review of emerging insights and innovations
  • 5:55 – 6:00 — Closing remarks from the chair
  • 6:00 – 6:15 — Informal discussions regarding follow-up and collaboration

Background

The most consistent demand noted by leaders joining the Acceleration Dialogues , across all sectors, was for some kind of tool that would allow non-climate decision-makers to make climate-smart choices routinely, in the flow of their day to day dealings, without first having to become climate experts. This led to Resilience Intel—a coalition effort to identify, aggregate, and mobilize climate-smart investment across all sectors and all levels of finance and influence.

The mission is to embrace complexity and map Earth systems to supply chains and to financial trends and decisions. As the system evolves and gets smarter and more precise, it will grade the climate intelligence, or overall Resilience Value, of any type of industrial or financial entity or enterprise. ‘Resilience’ refers to macrocritical resilience—the structural drivers of value that determine the shape, size and capacity of whole economies.

This effectively means high performance across all of the Sustainable Development Goals and a widespread and deep reduction in structural injustices across societies. Climate-smart finance must be macro-critically resilient, to avoid reversion to the gross inequalities and structural injustices that allow pollution with impunity to be profitable.

In 2018, we released:

In 2019, we have released:

In July, we completed the first iteration of a global knowledge graphing of relationships rooted in the Whole-Earth Active Value Economy (WEAVE). The WEAVE GKG is detailed in an introductory article, which helps to visualize the landscape of opportunity, capacity, and competitive advantage, relative to resilience intelligence standards.

We are now building a consortium of technical and strategic partners to identify innovative collaborative solutions to major technical challenges for the building of the Resilience Intel system. This system will include data partners in government and the private sector, as well as leading nonprofit partners, innovative practitioners, expert analysts, and creative communications leaders.

In August, we began work to add the DECIDE system for embedded climate intelligence into the Resilience Intel system. We are working with Geoversiv and Madison River Group, to integrate their work on multiscale climate services, and to design regional and sectoral “situation rooms”, or knowledge exchanges.

A vital aspect of this overall effort is the acknowledgment of the influence of upstream activities on downstream outcomes. Resilience Intel situation rooms and knowledge networks will specifically work to identify areas of value-creation (and so investment priority) where collaboration between upstream and downstream actors can optimize resource use and build climate intelligence into multiple sectors and regions at once.


What’s Next?

This technical workshop is a focused working session of the Acceleration Dialogues. It will be followed this fall by:

  1. A dialogue on Investable Upstream-Downstream Cooperation, during the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, in Washington, in October
  2. The first Earth Intel Leaders Roundtable in the Twin Cities in November
  3. A Resilience Intel partners working session in Santiago de Chile, during the COP25 UN Climate Change negotiations

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