Storytelling and New Frames of Opportunity

TUE, NOV 10, 2015 (1:44:48)

Explore new ways of framing discussions around climate change, such as psychological shifts from negativity to opportunity, considerations of equity and fairness, and economic opportunities related to solar energy and employment in renewable energy. Speakers Per Espen Stoknes 00:01:30 Michelle DePass 00:30:16 Danny Kennedy 00:48:52 Panel Four Q&A 01:12:57

+ BIO: Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes is an organizational psychologist who also holds a PhD in economics. He is a part-time senior lecturer at the Norwegian Business School, where he teaches green growth, team leadership, and scenario-based strategy. He is also the co-director of Center for Green Growth. Per Espen is the co-founder of two clean-technology companies—GasPlas and AgroPlas, at which he held CEO and chairman positions. One was developed and sold off internationally; the other is still in early growth stage. As a consultant, Per Espen has worked with leadership development programs and strategy projects for a wide range of Nordic clients, such as the Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy, Schlumberger, Statoil, Statkraft, The Kongsberg Group, Telenor, and Sony-Ericsson, as well as a number of governmental and educational agencies: the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the Ministry of Justice, University of Oslo, and Norway’s Organization for Technology Assessment.

+ BIO: Michelle DePass

Michelle DePass is dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School. She is also director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center. Michelle joined Milano from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where from 2009 to 2013 she served as assistant administrator for International and Tribal Affairs. In this presidentially appointed, senate-confirmed position, Michelle was responsible for all dimensions of environmental policy between the EPA and other nations, federally recognized tribal nations, and multilateral institutions and donors. Prior to joining the EPA, Michelle was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, with a portfolio focused on the environment and community development, most notably green economy and climate change, environmental health and justice, and indigenous environmental rights. In her two-decade career in sustainability and public service, Michelle has also served as founding executive director of the New York Environmental Justice Alliance, senior policy advisor to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental manager for the City of San Jose. She is a sought after civil society leader and has served on dozens of boards and advisory committees to government organizations and international NGOs.

+ BIO: Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy is managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a pioneer in clean energy investment, and president of CalCharge, a public-private consortium to drive breakthroughs in energy storage technology. Prior to CalCEF, Danny cofounded Sungevity, Inc., the largest privately held solar company in the US. Sungevity has grown to more than 1,000 employees and serves tens of thousands of customers in four countries. Danny is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy— and Our Planet—From Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next generation. PBS named him “Innovator of the Year” for moving the planet forward in 2011; in 2013 Rolling Stone described him and Sungevity CEO Andrew Birch as “solar mavericks.” Danny also co-founded SfunCube, the only incubator and accelerator solely focused on helping solar entrepreneurs to succeed. Additionally, he serves on the boards of VoteSolar, ecoAmerica, The Solar Foundation, and several solar start-ups, including Powerhive, which is a solar utility in Kenya, and Sunergise, which is a Fijian company taking solar as a service across the South Pacific. In 2010, Danny spearheaded Sungevity’s “Solar on the White House” campaign that worked towards a decision by the Obama Administration to place solar panels on the First Family residence. The Administration honored this commitment in 2013.

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