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Breakthrough Capitalism Forum
'The Future's Already Here'
When: Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 0830-1730
Where: Kings Place Conference Centre


08.30 - 09.00 Arrivals in Battlebridge Room, Kings Place Conference Centre

09.00 - 09.10 Guests seated in Hall 1 - Welcome - John Elkington, Executive Chairman, Volans

09.10 - 10.30 Session 1 | CAPITALISM UNPLUGGED

Curator: John Elkington
Three scenarios will be introduced: 'Breakdown', 'Change-as-Usual' and 'Breakthrough'. This first session will spotlight ways in which current forms of capitalism are in crisis and, in some areas, teetering on the edge of Breakdown. Speakers will challenge key assumptions about capitalism, map critical system dynamics and look beyond today's Humpty Dumpty Economy to a Green Growth Economy, a central theme of the impending Rio+20 Summit.


  • 'Beyond the Humpty Dumpty Economy,' Pamela Hartigan (Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
  • 'The 10 Most Dangerous Assumptions About Capitalism,' David Orrell (author of Economyths)
  • 'Accelerators-and Brakes-on the Road to a Green Growth Economy,' Dimitri Zenghelis (headed Lord Stern's team during Economics of Climate Change review, is Cisco's chief economist for climate change, and is a visiting researcher at LSE Grantham Centre on Climate Change)
  • 'The Gen Y Agenda for Breakthrough Change,' Casper ter Kuile, UK Youth Climate Coalition strategist and World Economic Forum Global Shaper

Q&A session moderated by John Elkington, then The Future's Already Here - Part I:

  • Snapshot 1: 'Perceptions of Capitalism,' Bronwyn Kunhardt, Co-Founder, Polecat
  • Snapshot 2: 'A Personal Perspective on Breakthrough,' Caroline Mason, Chief Operating Officer, Big Society Capital
  • Snapshot 3: 'A Change Agent's Map of Capitalism,' Marshall Clemens, Founder, Idiagram

10.30 - 11.00 TEA/COFFEE BREAK (30 minutes)

11.00 - 12.30 Session 2 | BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATION

Curator: Kelly Clark, Director, Tellus Mater Foundation

The future's already here, said science fiction author William Gibson, it's just not evenly distributed. Speakers in the second session will focus in on the Gen Y agenda - and on key sectors like Agriculture & Food, Culture, Energy, Social Innovation and Sport.


  • 'The Olympic Race to Zero,' David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability, London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games
  • 'Breakthrough Innovation Demands New Tools for Visualization, Prototyping, and Modeling,' Pete Baxter, Vice President, Autodesk
  • 'The Critical Role of Breakthrough Policy Frameworks in Organic Farming and Food,' Patrick Holden, former Director, The Soil Association
  • 'New Horizons in Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment,' Michele Giddens, Bridges Ventures

    Q&A session moderated by Kelly Clark then The Future's Already Here - Part II:

  • Snapshot 4: 'Breaking Through in Energy,' Tim Helweg-Larsen, CEO, Energy Bank
  • Snapshot 5: 'Breaking Through in Culture,' Al Tickell, Director, Julie's Bicycle
  • Snapshot 6: 'Breaking Through in the Built Environment,' Tom Lipinski, Green Structures

12.30 - 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 - 15.00 Session 3 | SYSTEM DYNAMICS

Curator: Colin le Duc, Generation Investment Management

Incumbent businesses struggle to innovate in their own businesses - let alone create new business models and jump into entirely new markets. Speakers in the third session will look at key dynamics of change in such areas as Energy, Finance and Health. We will also explore some of the implications of the growing influence of Asia in general - and of China in particular.


  • 'Five Barriers to Sustainable Capitalism,' David Blood, Generation Investment Management
  • 'The Challenges of Driving Disruptive Innovation Inside an Incumbent,' Justin Adams, formerly with BP's renewable energy business, on barriers to change in incumbent industries and the opportunities for disruptive value creation
  • 'The Challenges of Driving Disruptive Innovation in the Teeth of Opposition from Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Incumbents,' Jeremy Leggett, Founder and Chairman, SolarCentury and Chairman, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • 'Social Innovation as an Accelerator for Progress in Global Health,' Paul Ellingstad, Director, Global Health, HP

    Q&A session moderated by Colin Le Duc then The Future's Already Here - Part III

  • Snapshot 7: 'Breaking Through in Finance,' Jennifer Morgan, Senior Adviser WWF-UK; Program Leader, Finance Lab
  • Snapshot 8: 'Breaking Through in China,' Isabel Hilton, Editor, ChinaDialogue

15.00 - 15.30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK

15.30 - 17.15 Session 4 | SCALING SOLUTIONS

Curator: John Elkington

The final session will explore: the future role of cities as incubators of Breakthrough innovation; new tools for visualization, modeling and prototyping; new methods for incentivizing behavioral change in such areas as energy efficiency, waste management and transport; and the growing need for a radically different approach from governments in driving the evolution of the science, technology and market trajectories needed to achieve Breakthrough.



  • 'Cities as Incubators for Breakthrough Innovation,' Terri Wills, Director of Global Programs, Clinton Climate Initiative
  • 'The Role of Incentives in Behaviour and Culture Change,' Ian Yolles, Chief Sustainability Officer, Recyclebank
  • 'Breakthrough Solutions in Healthcare', David Porter, Managing Partner, Apposite Capital

16.30-17.10 Breakthrough Prospectus Panel

Moderated by Volans CEO Charmian Love, the final panel will explore how an investible Breakthrough Prospectus might be developed in short order to guide the work of governments, business, finance and education.

17.10 - 17.20 Closing Remarks - John Elkington

1730 CLOSE

Later in the evening, the same venue will host The Guardian's Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony.