Focused on the Future - S01 / E02

Investments for System Change

How can investments positively impact long-term global challenges?

Although investors tend to look at the short term, they are forced to contribute to global problems that require a long-term view. Crises such as climate change, biodiversity loss and growing inequality lead to new risks, regulations and pressure from the public opinion.
However, simply investing ‘more’ will not be sufficient. How can investments positively impact long-term global challenges? What changes are needed to let investment work towards sustainability in stead of against it?
Joining the conversation about investing for the long term with our host Glenn van der Burg, this episode's guests include:
  • Johan Schot, Professor Global History and Sustainability at Utrecht University and Founder of the Deep Transitions Project
  • Diana Velasco, Anthropologist, systems engineer and currently Research Fellow at Ingenio
  • Roberta Benedetti del Rio, Sustainability-focused investor and impact consultant
  • Friedemann Polzin, Associate Professor at the Utrecht University School of Economics and Member of the Sustainable Finance Lab
  • Martijn Klop, Master Student at Utrecht University and co-founder of the Effective Altruism student group

About Focused on the Future

Organizations and institutions often focus on the short term. People are tempted to get quick results. The long-term results are much less likely to be considered. Not considering the long-term results, can cause big problems when it comes to global issues like: climate change, poverty, deforestation, religious conflicts and migration. For these major issues we must develop long-term strategies.  In Focused on the Future, scientists and stakeholders talk about new views on big issues based on Longtermism.
This podcast is an initiative of Utrecht University

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