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Net-zero / Green New Deal 3.0

Date: Friday 26th March

  • (1130 – virtual coffee in the ‘Eco-wise’ 3D online gallery)
  • 1200-1330:  (main program) introduction:  panel contributions:  round table discussion
  • 1330-1430:  (follow-on for potential co-authors): interactive dialogue & visual thinking.
  • (1430 – virtual drinks in the ‘Eco-wise’ 3D online gallery


Panel: Dimitrios Pontikakis, EU-JRC :  Tatiana Fernandez, Generalitat de Catalunya : Todd Holden, Greater Manchester Combined Authority:  Elvira Uyarra, AMBS: Neide Areia, Univ Coimbra: Sara Biscaya, Salford University

Who is it for:  ‘Green new deal’ researchers & policy innovators


The Low-Zero Carbon transition is urgent … but to make it work, technology change has to somehow fit with economic, social, political and cultural change.  Either we leave all these combinations to chance, or, we look for some kind of collective carbon / climate intelligence which can put them together…  Building on new ideas on collective intelligence from Deeper City , we now aim to do this for real, with a 12-month brainstorming ‘think-and-do-tank’, leading to practical results. The aim is to realize a more effective Green New Deal 3.0 – to achieve a Low-Zero Carbon transition which is job-creating, inclusive, innovative, participative etc – which carries broad support – and which works… This Conversation explores 3 main questions for the collective green intelligence, i.e. the ‘3.0’ dimension –

  • What would an eco-wise or collective green intelligence look like on the ground, in Manchester or similar in 2050?
  • What are the pandemic effects & implications for this challenge?
  • Which pathways can realize this potential of a collective green intelligence?

This Conversation brings together leading ‘thinkers & do-ers’ on Low-Zero-Carbon economic transitions and the Green New Deal. The special contribution comes from the European project POINT (‘Projecting Opportunities for Industrial Transitions’). This applies state-of-the-art transition theory & multi-level perspectives, to the challenge of regional development – now as a demonstration, and then for the full Cohesion Funds.  There are very topical connections with the Greater Manchester Environment Plan/, the UK  ten-point-plan-for-a-green-industrial-revolution and of course the EU Green Deal 

This Conversation follows from the first scoping session in late 2020 – where the findings included –

  • Grand plans or master solutions are unlikely … we could talk about a network of self-organizing initiatives

  • Economic transition perspective – identify the power structures & blind spots – explore the contradictions – look for new alliances with those open to change
  • Pathways – economics of know-who (a ‘socio-financial’ pathway):   communities of know-where  (‘livelihood’ pathway):  politics of know-why… (‘eco-cultural’ pathway)


Collaboration: EU-JRC Working Group on Understanding and Managing Industrial Transitions –

Materials: (from previous sessions) – materials


(note: this session is also known as Local-onomics-3.0)