Conference 6


31 Mar 2022 | 2 - 4 PM CEST

How do we safeguard the commons, and planetary life-support systems?

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2.00 - 4.00 PM CET


Introduction to the conference

Dr. Petra Kuenkel 

Global Transformation and Leadership Expert; Member of the Executive Committee, Club of Rome, Founder, Collective Leadership Institute, Fellow World Academy of Art and Science

How do we safeguard the commons, and planetary life-support systems


Keynote conversation: A new kind of thinking and action

Garry Jacobs

President & Chief Executive Officer of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS) and Member of Club of Rome International

Why do regulations need to support social transformations?


Keynote conversation: Building sustainable societies through legal systems

Eveline Rodrigues-Abotsi

International lawyer, Research Fellow Max Planck Foundation Heidelberg, Vice President of Initiative For Africa

How laws can contribute to societal transformations

Interactive session

How do we co-develop and agree on behavioral guidance?


Guiding regulations in practice

Alina Gruen

Senior Project Manager at Collective Leadership Institute


Developing a Roadmap for a Regulation Framework for implementing Circular Economy in Malaysia

Ts. Roslina Muhammad

Technical Specialist – Circular Economy, Technology Solutions Division, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation

Interactive session

When do regulations help us to accelerate transformations?


Where from here?

Safeguarding the commons for human and planetary health is crucial for our future: the air we breathe, the forests that support our climate, the water we need to drink, and the communities that support us. Stewarding transformative change goes together with reviewing, reforming, abolishing, or strengthening regulatory frameworks - from environmental regulations to carbon tax, from incentives for renewable energy to penalties for environmental damage.

We have learned a lot about the positive impact of voluntary standards which, if developed together with stakeholders, have made many supply chains more responsible. But will what we have be enough to keep humankind’s action within the safe operating space? Transformation literacy fosters a deeply rooted attitude towards contribution of all to the commons and the beauty of our life-support systems.

“Ecocide is extensive loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems of a given territory, such that the peaceful enjoyment of the inhabitants has been or will be severely diminished.”

Polly Higgins, Visionary advocate for ecocide law, author of Dare to be Great

How do we co-develop and agree on behavioral guidance?

Guiding regulations and resource allocations are often perceived as top-down measures which restrict behavior. But looked at from the perspective of future generations they are testimonials of our collective responsibility for the future. They influence collective behavior change and represent powerful interventions into our way of negotiating individual and collective interest. Some regulations are solid and difficult to change: states have negotiated constitutions; business laws have developed over time. Still, all need to be continuously monitored to understand what their contribution to a sustainable future is. Further, many more regulations have yet be fully co-developed: development policies, agricultural practices, social equity measures, or nature conservation measures. Guiding regulations are much easier to implement when:

  • they are anchored in our willingness to contribute to the commons and collective wellbeing;
  • they balance binding agreements and voluntary contributions in the best possible way;
  • they are regularly reviewed and their impact and usefulness are regularly assessed.

In this conference session, we will explore how binding regulations and voluntary agreements contribute to our ability to steward wellbeing and the commons.