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Event: Positive Tipping Points in Practice: Climate-Positive Business

16 November 2022 | 16.00-17.30


Published September 9, 2022

Businesses play a huge role in our collective response to the climate and ecological emergencies, and the demands of that role are growing all the time.

As a result of the commitments to systemic change by governments at COP26 in Glasgow, McKinsey described net zero as a ‘new organising principle for business.’ From reducing emissions within supply chains to both influencing and responding to changing public behaviour, via adopting more circular resource use models, the opportunities for and expectations of businesses are vast.

But these changes come with challenges, and many businesses cannot face them alone. We need wider systemic change to create the conditions in which a more climate-positive approach to business can thrive.

So what are the tipping points that will make climate-positive businesses the norm? What collective action will support more impactful actions? How can we better understand the potential for a wider shift in the way business relates to people and planet?

Join this free workshop to find out, and hear the latest research into Positive Tipping Points, from world-leading experts. We will collectively practice using the Positive Tipping Points framework – creating the right conditions for change, finding reinforcing feedback loops, and triggering a shift into a new system – before identifying key next steps for businesses wanting to become more climate-positive.

The Positive Tipping Points framework is a way to re-think our understanding of how change happens. We’re familiar with negative tipping points that can accelerate the crisis, such as glacier melt or biodiversity loss, but we are also able to predict and encourage positive shifts which will help us avoid the worst impacts.

This event is in partnership with the Low Carbon Devon project, which supports and empowers SMEs in Devon to take action on climate change. The project is hosted within the Sustainability Hub (Sustainable Earth Institute) at the University of Plymouth and is supported by an investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This event is part of a series of free Green Futures Network workshops following the Global Tipping Points Conference in Exeter in September. The final event will be an open space session to further explore key ideas that have emerged throughout the series. To sign up to the other events in the series, use the following links:

Climate justice
Doughnut Economics
Social movements
Student activism
Food systems
What next?
For more information contact Peter from the Green Futures Network at gfn@exeter.ac.uk.