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Virtual Unconference: Can Covid-19 Create Positive Momentum for Systems Change?

26th May 2020, 17:00 - 20:00

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Coronavirus Update: GreenBuzz is going virtual! GreenBuzz is adapting to this new situation, that affects each and everyone of us. That is why we have decided to GO VIRTUAL! This event will be held virtually, using the online tool Zoom. Therefore you will receive a 50% discount – just use the discount code: Virtual_Buzzing!

More than ever, we feel how urgently we need to change the systems, which we have been living in and been part of. Covid-19 has shone a light on some of the uncomfortable truths and issues of, for example, our economic system or the complex value and supply chains that are an integral part of our consumer society. 

Therefore, we feel that it is the perfect time to talk about systems change now!


Let’s discuss questions, such as:

  • Can the Covid-19 crisis create momentum for systems change?
  • Is this crisis an opportunity to push systems change forward? 
  • What is needed so that governments and business leaders in Switzerland and across the world realize the importance of systems change and move from ambition to action?

A wonderful example of how this crisis can bring forth positive change is the city of Milan’s decision to drastically reduce car use after the lockdown. Read more about these great news here

What actually is systems change? It is an intentional process designed to change the status quo by shifting the function or structure of a system with purposeful interventions.

It is a journey which can require a radical change in people’s attitudes as well as in the ways people work. Systems change aims to bring about lasting change by altering underlying structures and supporting mechanisms, such as policies, routines, relationships, resources, power structures and values.


About the format:

This workshop will take place in the proven format of the ‘Unconference’. After an introductory input about systems change and why thinking in systems can help us understand and effect change in a complex world, the specific discussion topics will be determined by the participants, based on real cases and experiences.

Food for thought for the topic-finding and discussions will be provided by Swiss author and executive director of the Denknetz think tank, Beat Ringger (in German), and by Joséphine von Mitschke-Collande, Systems Innovation and Ecosystem Lead for Climate-KIC.



17:00 – 17:15 Arrival and welcome by moderator Patricia Matzdorf

17:15 – 17:30 Get to know other participants

17:30 – 17:40 Input by Joséphine von Mitschke-Collande – Systems Innovation and Ecosystem Lead for Climate-KIC

17:40 – 18:05 Exchange of ideas for discussion in small groups and define breakout topics

18:05 – 18:15 Break

18:15 – 18:45 Discussion round

18:45 – 18:55 Input by Beat Ringger – Author and Executive Director of Denknetz  (this input will be given in German)

18:55 – 19:05 Break

19:05 – 19:45 Discussion round

19:45 – 20:00 Wrap up


Costs (excluding the 50% discount):

Regular: CHF 85

Use the discount code “Virtual_Buzzing” to receive your 50% off.


Discounts and Free tickets

Free access to this event with a GreenBuzz membership. Read more…

Employees of our corporate partners can gain free tickets for this event. Please check here if your employer is a member of GreenBuzz and use your corporate discount code to register.


26th May 2020
17:00 - 20:00
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