Systems changers meet in Bellagio

Joining first-of-its kind meeting of emerging community

At the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, December 9-13, 2019, Italy

In a time of unprecedented challenges facing our planet, Barbara Bulc is honored to join a special meeting of invited transformational leaders committed to systemic change, at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center on the shore of Lake Como in Italy. It is not a coincidence that this meeting coincides with the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid.


The retreat under the title “System Changers 2020: Shaping an Economy that Benefits All Stakeholders” aims to unite system changers on the eve of the coming decade, which may be the most decisive decade for humanity and the planet. It will also serve as a springboard for building a trusted community of system changers to align efforts and strategic actions towards an inclusive, sustainable economic and social development at the scale and pace that the 2030 Agenda demands.


We are excited to contribute to the exchange of ideas and share our experience in empowering change agents, such as cities, young people and culture, for systems transformation. Our time for planning is running out; a decade of action and delivery is around the corner. The urgency of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the complex social, environmental and economic challenges they aim to address calls for systemic solutions. Transforming the role of business in society and upgrading the structure of the global economy are essential pathways. Key strategic actions by policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, academia, civil society and other actors from across all disciplines are needed to develop a strong and cohesive supportive ecosystem for purpose-driven enterprises, to unleash the power of markets to solve our most pressing challenges at scale.


Co-hosted by The Fourth Sector Group and led by its CEO, Heerad Sabeti, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), this meeting is inviting the participation of a global informal community of system changers through remote access to the portions of the meeting agenda. This will aim to trigger self-organizing of this emerging community, which can be incredibly effective at driving rapid, large-scale transformation.


2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Bellagio Center, and this will be the last of a series of signature convenings for this year, shaping the global conversation to activate Agenda 2030. The Rockefeller Foundation with Bellagio alumni are looking ahead with keen anticipation to the new frontiers of the next 60 years through a series of events and activities.


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