11th International (Online) r3.0 Conference 2024

Tipping Points On Tipping Points

– Building Necessary Collapse Resilience –

A Online Conference from the 10th to the 11th of September 2024

About the Conference

The 11th International (Online) r3.0 Conference:

About the Conference

r3.0 is pleased to announce its 11th International Conference, convening 10 – 11 September 2024 in online mode, building on the success of the 10 earlier conferences convened from 2013 to 2023. We at r3.0 consciously take a “margin-centered” approach to programming our Conferences, drawing on the wisdom of communities that are pushed to the edges (tapping into the “abundant edge effects” Principle of Regenerative Vitality). Our Conferences also foster what Joanna Macy calls “Active Hope” — in other words, not blind faith, but rather trust in the actions we take together to tackle our predicaments. One important aspect of this is the ability to collectively grieve what’s dying, killed off by humanity’s status quo systems (including economic systems predicated on perpetual growth and institutions that entrench this status quo) as inspiration to nurture the birth of new ways of being. And we strategically schedule our Conferences to coincide with the shifting seasons, to support participants in reassessing priorities as cracks increasingly emerge in the status quo. We are collapse-aware and -acknowledging. Given these changes we position ourselves and our work program as discussing ‘post-collapse readiness’. This differentiates r3.0 conferences from all others we are aware of.

Conference Theme: Tipping Points on Tipping Points – Building Necessary Collapse Resilience

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By way of explanation on tipping points, we invite you to watch the blue ball in the above series of visuals bouncing in the trough of the ever-flattening curve: what happens when the curve shifts from concave to convex? The ball falls into a new trough, transforming in the process from blue to red.

So, too, with ecological and social systems, which maintain relative stability within predictable parameters – until they are sufficiently destabilized to cross tipping points that hurtle the systems into new, unpredictable, even hostile states.

In the past year, awareness of tipping points linked to such existential risks has experienced its own tipping point, making headlines in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The Economist, creating broader understanding of the necessity for collapse resilience. Increasingly, the question shifts from whether systemic collapses are imminent, to how best to adapt, pre- and post-collapse. How to become collapse resilient, living with the consequences of collapse, becomes a life-changing question.

2024 Conference Structure

We structure this year’s Conference around four Interconnected Themes:  

  • Tipping Points: The Negatives & The Positives
    As the world teeters on the brink of multiple catastrophic tipping points that can trigger collapses in ecological and social systems, humanity holds a key to its salvation: the potential to trigger positive tipping points for rapid transformation to social norms that reinforce earth system stability and social system resilience. This session will gather leading experts on tipping points – both adverse ones and beneficial ones – to explore how best to navigate our predicaments.

 

  •  Blueprint ZERO: Just Transitions to Regenerative Economies & Cultures
    Building on 7 years of co-creating a first generation of nine Blueprints in its Knowledge Commons, r3.0 launches a second generation with the foundational Blueprint ZERO, focused on just transitions to regenerative economies & cultures. This session features experts leading the visioning of new economies and the evolution of cultures necessary to spur the emergence of regeneration and flourishing.

 

  • Municipalities & Bioregions: Place-Based Collapse Resilience 2024 marks a conscious shift for r3.0 into a primary focus on place-based engagement, specifically at the nested scales of municipalities and bioregions, as these represent the most promising contexts for navigating collapse with resilience. This session focuses on the systemic innovations that communities are seeding to ruggedize in the context of increasing complexity and potential crashes.

 

  • Thresholds & Allocations: Respecting Carrying (and Caring) Capacities of the Commons
    Limits to Growth Lead Author Dana Meadows coined the term “overshoot and collapse” to describe the dynamic of transgressing carrying capacity thresholds, leading to inevitable systemic breakdowns. To counteract overshoot and collapse, we need to respect the carrying capacities of ecological and social systems in our collective commons, which we can best do by focusing on our collective caring capacity (to use the term Daniel Christian Wahl inventing in conversation with us.)

 

The two-day Conference will kick off with a 30-minute Overview Session outlining how these four themes intertwine. Then, each day will follow the same format of two 2-hour Sessions, each exploring one of the themes (and weaving the other themes in the background). 

Each session features four Provocateurs presenting their deeply informed views, leading into a dialogue expertly facilitated by Bill Baue and Ralph Thurm of r3.0 bridging interaction between panelists and the online audience. A one-hour break between sessions provides ample opportunity for online Networking. 

    We will update the Conference Program continually with agenda points and speakers.