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Innovating for Life on Earth – the Luc Hoffmann Institute

Innovating for Life on Earth – the Luc Hoffmann Institute

The environmental challenges we face today can seem daunting and intractable. How to protect the biosphere, balance the needs of humans and the natural world, and shape a sustainable future? These are complex, multi-faceted questions and we need to find better ways to answer them. At the Luc Hoffmann Institute we use our significant expertise and rigorous methodology to interrogate the most pressing threats to life on Earth. We believe that the best solutions arise from a wide range of disciplines, sectors and places so we bring these diverse voices together to turn ideas into tangible action and deliver cohesive new solutions.

The World After Coronavirus: The Future of Conservation | Jon Hutton

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis of unprecedented scale, with aftershocks that will be felt in virtually every aspect of life for years or decades to come. The “World after Coronavirus” is a new video series hosted by Prof. Adil Najam, Chair of the Luc Hoffmann Institute Advisory Council, Inaugural Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies and former Director of the Pardee Center. In this episode, Dean Najam speaks with Jon Hutton, Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, about the future of conservation after COVID-19.

Towards a multidimensional biodiversity index

Towards a multidimensional biodiversity index

Our ability to measure, monitor and communicate changes in the status of #biodiversity must significantly improve if we are to tackle its loss. The Luc Hoffmann Institute, partnering with UNEP-WCMC and speaking with a range of innovators, philanthropists, academics, governmental and business representative discuss in this video the future of measuring life on Earth.

The Three Horizons framework explained by Bill Sharpe

The Three Horizons framework explained by Bill Sharpe

‘Three Horizons’ is a model for creating a shared vision for biodiversity conservation and outlining the steps needed to achieve it, co-created by Bill Sharpe of the International Futures Forum. In this video the Luc Hoffmann Institute team and partners hear more from Bill about the ‘Three Horizons’ approach.

Innovative Business Models for Non-Profits

Innovative Business Models for Non-Profits.

Faced with a rapidly changing operating reality and highly competitive funding landscape, how can non-profit organisations adapt their business models to survive, thrive and achieve their mission? A diverse group of representatives from national and international NGOs, the banking and finance sectors, business, think-tanks, philanthropic organisations and UN agencies, were brought together by the Luc Hoffmann Institute to begin to answer this question.

Biodiversity Symposium in Vienna, 11-13th September 2019

Eli Enns’ Interview

Interview of Eli Enns (President & Chief Problem Solver at the iisaak Olam Foundation)

Sharachchandra Lele’s Interview

Interview of Sharachchandra Lele, Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Policy & Governance – Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment (ATREE).

Unai Pascual’s Interview

Interview of Prof. Unai Pascual, Ecological Economist – Basque Center for Climate Change

Jon Hutton’s Interview

Interview of Jon Hutton, Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute.

Maria Elena Zaccagnini-Panigatti ‘s Interview

Interview of Maria Elena Zaccagnini-Panigatti, Biologist and Researcher – National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) and IPBES

Jodi Gustafson’s Interview

Interview of Jodi Gustafson, Independent Consultant

Noor A. Noor’s Interview

Interview of Noor A. Noor, Conservation Leadership MPhil Candidate – University of Cambridge

Emmanuel Nuesiri’s Interview

Interview of Dr. Emmanuel Nuesiri, Lecturer – African Leadership University (ALU)

Laura Pereira’s Interview

Interview of Laura Pereira, Researcher – Stockholm Resilience Center & the Center for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosh University

Han Meng’s Interview

Interview of Han Meng, China Representative – UNEP-WCMC

John Vidal’s Interview

Interview of John Vidal, Freelance journalist

Boston biodiversity talks, May 2019

Biodiversity Revisited is a collaborative thought leadership process to co-produce a new, integrated five-year research agenda to effectively sustain life on Earth. As part of the Biodiversity Revisited initiative, the Boston Biodiversity Talks took place in May 2019 at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, USA, to begin exploring fresh thinking around biodiversity.

Biodiversity Revisited is an initiative of the Luc Hoffmann Institute in collaboration with ETH Zürich, Future Earth, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, University College London Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, and WWF. The initiative exists thanks to generous funding from the NOMIS Foundation, MAVA Foundation and WWF International. The journal Nature Sustainability has endorsed this initiative.

Edward Perello

Here Edward Perello, Principal at Arkurity, asks what biodiversity really means – and why its complexity as a concept, and obscurity as a term, do not make it feel relevant to people’s lives or help shine a light on how we can go about saving it.

Gretchen Henderson

Here Gretchen Henderson, Tanner Fellow in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah, reflects on how getting stuck on the wrong questions can lead us away from solutions and innovations in our efforts to protect the natural world.

Jon Hutton
Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute

Here John reflects on the signs of biodiversity loss all around us, humans’ role in that – and how we can change course highlights the zeitgeist moment that biodiversity is currently experiencing and urges the global community to seize this opportunity for momentum and bring about meaningful change that benefits all environmental emergencies.

Jasper Montana
Research Fellow in Environmental Governance, University of Oxford.

Here Jasper speaks about the knock-on effects of all our actions and interactions on nature, and how new science and policy can impact how people value biodiversity.

Cyrie Sendashonga
Global Director, Policy and Programme Group, IUCN

Cyrie shares her thoughts on how history has been repeating itself in biodiversity conservation, and why effective global governance must make sure it is an inclusive process for lasting success.

Randall Krantz
Process Facilitator and Member, The Value Web

Here Randall reflects on the signs of biodiversity loss all around us, humans’ role in that – and how we can change course.

Lindsey Elliott PhD Candidate
Open University

Here, Lindsey compares the territoriality seen in wild animals to the territoriality seen between conservation organisations and asks how can we ensure that territoriality doesn’t hinder us in achieving our missions.

Jensen Montambault
Director – Science for Nature and People Partnership

Jensen highlights the importance of bringing diverse groups of people together to enact real-world change. She also reflects on whether conservationists should spend more time talking with non-scientists about biodiversity to help create more effective narratives around biodiversity.

Jessica Villat, Head of Communication at Luc Hoffmann Institute

Here Jessica talks about collectivist versus individualistic world views – and how this influences our attitudes to biodiversity and humanity’s place in nature.

Adil Najam, Dean at the Pardee School

Here Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean at the Pardee School, reflects on how different words and concepts resonate with varying success when we communicate about nature.

Carina Wyborn, Research Advisor at the Luc Hoffmann Institute

Here, Carina asks us to see the bigger picture of biodiversity conservation.

Jaboury Ghazoul, Professor of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zürich

Here, Jaboury talks about how we are an intrinsic part of the environment around us – and how communications, policy and research must all play a role in engendering a collective ecological conscience.