About

Using systems thinking to unlock value and to improve the climate resilience of places

Championing a practical and holistic approach to systems change

Working with city regions to learn, develop and share our knowledge

A networked organisation across industries, sectors and communities including business, science and academia, and youth and multi-faith groups

Our tools and frameworks are designed to support planning and investment decisions that can deliver positive regional transformations

Our vision

Enabling resilient communities to provide a better future for generations.

Our mission

Using systems thinking to unlock value and to improve the climate resilience of places.

Who we are and how we work

Because business as usual is no longer an attractive option

We are Courageous, unafraid to challenge the status quo; Collaborative, mutually reinforcing in all of our relationships; and Ingenious, always working to make the complexity of life more understandable to generate positive actions

We aim to be effortlessly effective. Where everyone in the organisation has time for wellness and mental health, when people bring their best selves and highest levels of creativity to do the best work of their careers, and just have fun.

We embrace life long learning and curiosity, self reflection and critical thinking.

We can only do our work with humility, being honest and respectful with each other and the communities we work alongside, and we are completely committed to diversity.

As a networked organisation we believe we work better than traditional organisations, we communicate well, we rely on trust and integrity as well as shared leadership, responsibilities and objectives, and always foster positive, beneficial interactions.

Like what you hear? interested in working for us? From time to time we advertise jobs and internships. To work with us and for speculative enquiries email us at team@resiliencebrokers.org

Our approach

A holistic approach to systems change, driven by the power of collaboration, innovation and disruptive technology.

Our phased offering to embedding systems thinking into the planning process is designed to help regions to demonstrate how to accelerate the transition to sustainable development paths.

We are developing innovative systems modelling tools to support data driven, regional planning, policy and investments, powered by the systems modelling technology of resilience.io

Building on the strength of the Resilience Brokers Network, we are working to trigger the great global mobilisation required to speed up the transition to sustainable development paths in all economies and regions.

Our ultimate goal is to help advance the delivery of the Global Goals in city regions.

Efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development need to go beyond diplomatic efforts and Government programmes.

The civil society, academia and the private sector–all have to be mobilized–to find the resources needed to achieve the Goals, and apply them in the best possible way.

Antonio Guterres, February 2018

Secretary General of the UN

The team

Our growing team operates within a governance structure of world-leading expertise. Together, we foster a collaborative, emergent and inclusive working environment to balance global reach with leading-edge practice.

We are used to rapidly deploying expertise and resources to address city-region challenges around the globe and deliver positive outcomes.

We always collaborate and innovate to empower the Resilience Brokers Network to deliver our shared vision. Our preferred legal approach is alliance contracting, which ensures there is collective ownership of projects.

Management Team

Stephen Passmore

Stephen Passmore

CEO

Gavin Starks

Gavin Starks

Strategy Advisor

Jeroen Brink

Jeroen Brink

Associate

James Green

James Green

Community Manager

Louisa Harris

Louisa Harris

Change specialist

Andre Head

Andre Head

Product & Services Director

Alastair Kennedy

Alastair Kennedy

Finance Director

Lubaina Mirza

Lubaina Mirza

Urban Designer

Andrew Simmons

Andrew Simmons

Director of Urban Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

Advisory Board

Xuemei Bai

Future Earth

Emma Torres

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Anthony Capon

International Council for Science

Lydia Sackey

City of Accra

Jeffrey Newman

Independent

Eugenie Birch

University of Pennsylvania

Michael Cohen

New School New York

Rachel Kyte

Sustainable Energy for All, Fletcher School

Mike Rann

Independent

Sue Parnell

University of Cape Town

Michael Appelbaum

City of Boulder, Colorado

Theresa Anderson

Social Infomatics

Michael Braungart

Cradle to cradle and chemistry

Ruth Deakin Crick

Systems learning and leadership

Andy Goldring

Permaculture

Prof Laura Lee

Systems design

Clare Saunders

Materials resource recovery

John D Liu

Ecology and landscape remediation

Nick Mabey

Climate politics

Kerry Mashford

City energy systems

Bill McDonough

Cradle to cradle and built environment

David Miller

City governance for sustainability

Martin Palmer

Religions and cultural heritage

Pankaj Patel

Bio-energy

Michael Pawlyn

Architect biomimicry

Sanjay Prakash

Architect sustainable development

Prof Kristin Ragnarsdottir

Soil science and health

Michael Velders

Urban agriculture

Dr Kongjian Yu Fasla

Landscape, water and ecology systems

Rita Soni

Philanthropy

Geoff Smith

GEO data and mapping

Scott Williams

Mission Finance

How it began

Peter Head

In 2004, after 34 years of my professional career as a civil engineer, I joined ARUP as their Global Planning Division lead. I moved from delivering major infrastructure projects to evolving ways to plan city-region systems, thinking I would be in a better position to influence change at scale.

I went on to lead a long list of sustainable development projects, including eco-cities in China. But time and again, I felt we were falling short of delivering the impact we could achieve because we could not demonstrate long-term economic benefit.

I kept quizzing world-leading experts, at events and conferences, on the reasons why nobody seemed to be addressing existing challenges and coming up with a sound plan, capable of delivering more inclusive resilient solutions at the systems level. Until one day at a conference in Hong Kong, when I had asked this again, someone in the audience said:

Why don’t you do something about it, Mr. Head?

It then became clear to me that the urgent transformational change required wasn’t the responsibility of a single nation or organisation. It wasn’t going to be achieved through the conventional siloed approaches. It needed new institutions for collaborative mobilisation. Shortly after, I left ARUP to embark on an extraordinary journey. I set up the Ecological Sequestration Trust, a UK-based charity, to work alongside world-leading experts and organisations, to identify effective ways to deliver change at a speed and scale required. We have since come a long way, including assembling a great team of Resilience Brokers who are now deplyoing demonstrations of the transition to sustainable, inclusive development paths in city regions, globally.

We continue to grow and work with the Resilience Brokers Network to build on the strengths of city regions, including young leaders, to improve ecological and human health, and infrastructure productivity, to steer towards the Global Goals and beyond. Together, we can mobilise billions of people and unlock and redirect trillions in investment and finance into city-regions to build a better future for generations to come. A future built on equal opportunity, justice, dignity and shared prosperity for all.

 

Driven by the power of collaboration and the combined strengths of a powerful global Network

 

The Ecological Sequestration Trust (the Trust) convened a series of three high-level meetings at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy kindly hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The first event, in March 2015, brought together world-leading experts to brainstorm innovative ways to effectively mobilise long-term investment in city regions. The resulting report was very well received at the UN Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa.

In the run up to Habitat III, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) raised the need for a roadmap to support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

To this effect, in March 2016, the Trust convened a second high-level meeting to cocreate Roadmap 2030: Financing and Implementing the Global Goals in Human Settlements and City Regions. Roadmap 2030 is the consolidation of leading-edge research and practice from city experts, renowned scholars and world-leading specialists including Eugenie Birch, Aromar Revi and Jeffrey Sachs among many others.

Roadmap 2030 was the first fully integrated action plan presented at Habitat III, capable of supporting the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It continues to be very well received and widely adopted by leading organisations.

Following the introduction of Roadmap 2030 at Habitat III, a number of key actors stressed the urgent need to take things forward.

In response to this call, the Trust assembled the Resilience Brokers in 2017, and convened a high-level meeting to identify the critical concepts and opportunities for collaborative and transformative action within Roadmap 2030.

The three-day workshop brought together delivery partners and key supporters–including Jeff Sachs and John Elkington­–who cocreated a detailed delivery plan for the Resilience Brokers work.