date THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019 | TIME 07:30 - 14:30 | VENUE VODACOM WORLD | cost R500 - R1000

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"We do not inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children."

– Native American proverb



When the emission of gases that caused global warming reached catastrophic levels, humanity decided, through the Paris Agreement and similar efforts that came before it, to take steps away from systems that generated the crisis, towards those that prevented it, so that we may hand back a healthier and more prosperous planet to future generations. We found ways to reduce the risk that our quest for economic growth posed to the environment. And, we conceived new economic frameworks that sought to improve the well-being of all people, and not just some. 


This fundamental change in the DNA of our economics—currently in progress in some aspects of the global economy, and imminent in others—is widely called the Green Transition.


The product of reconciling economic growth with ambitious green policies while remaining faithful to the profit motive, the Green Transition presents an opportunity for both the public and private sectors to offer solutions to key Sustainable Development Goals, as identified by the United Nations. These solutions include the following: universal availability of clean water and sanitation; global access to clean and affordable energy; moves to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and lastly, propagating responsible consumption and production patterns. But, perhaps most importantly, the Green Transition gives humanity a much needed business case for repairing the future.


TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition, takes place with the support of the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa.


Expect strategic role-players in government, policymaking, and big business; along with artists, entrepreneurs, activists, diplomats, and representatives from international organisations invested in the topic. They will share learnings and insights, ask difficult questions, and challenge perspectives. We hope to spread their ideas far and wide – to raise awareness, and to help generate capacity for a sustainable green transition in South Africa.


When our audience of curious, open-minded thinkers and doers seek inspiration, they come to TEDxJohannesburg to find and celebrate local ideas, so they can expand their own sense of possibility. The TEDxJohannesburg audience is as varied as the perspectives on the stage – you’ll find executives from blue chip companies, entrepreneurs, policymakers, creatives, academics, diplomats, students, and more. Management consultants, financial services specialists, marketers, and technologists, account for over 60 percent of the typical audience at our events.


Over and above the enlightening talks and energising conversations, you can expect the setting at any TEDxJohannesburg event to be optimised for comfort, creativity, and dynamic thinking. The food is always good, and the coffee rich and strong. In this respect, Vodacom World, our five-star venue for TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition, more than fits the bill. It is distinctive, spacious and purposefully designed to give a (TED-worthy) theatrical experience. What’s more, Vodacom World is less than a thirty-minute drive from Sandton, Pretoria, and O.R. Tambo International Airport, and just one short-right from the freeway.


TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition, is a half-day conference that brings together experts and stakeholders at the centre of the stated discussion about reconciling economic growth with ambitious green policies. The event is packed with a blizzard of ideas and activities curated to test, stretch, and open the mind. Talks from speakers, and performances by artists—delivered in TED’s famous eighteen-minutes-or-less format—are grouped and arranged in two sessions, each lasting one hour and forty-five minutes, with a conversation break in between. The day ends with a networking lunch, sponsored and hosted by the Embassy of Denmark. 


Thursday 19 September 2019, 07:30 - 14:30

07:30 – 08:30 | Registration 

08:30 – 10:30 | Session 1 – Possible Realities

Prof Mark Swilling – Author of Age of Sustainability, Professor of Sustainable Development

Dr Kgosientsho "Sputla" Ramokgopa – Politician, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture & Environment

Angus McIntosh – Farmer, practices biodynamic & regenerative agriculture

Signe Frese – CSR Executive Director of Coop, the largest grocery chain in Denmark

Sipho Kings – Journalist, co-author of South Africa’s Survival Guide to Climate Change

L8 Antique – Three-piece Shugumisa band

Rune Riisbjerg Thomsen – ESG Anlayst for PKA, 4th largest pension fund in Denmark

Khanyi Chaba – Head of Responsible Business at Old Mutual

10:30 – 11:00 | Conversation Break  

11:00 – 13:00 | Session 2 – Real Possibilities

Prof Bob Scholes – Systems ecologist, among the top 1% environmental scientists

Nicky McLeod – Co-recipient of the WWF 2019 Living Planet Award

Jesper Tornbjerg – Journalist, author of Green Energy for All

Nick Tandi – Specialist at the 2030 Water Resources Group (World Bank)

Iben Krog Rasmussen – Co-founded Frej – Denmark's 1st  think tank on food

Gabi Motuba – Award winning avant-garde and jazz vocalist

Abraham Cambridge – Serial energy entrepreneur

Justin Friedman – Founder of For Love Of Water (FLOW)

13:00 – 14:30 | Networking Lunch