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COP24 – UN Climate Change Conference. EU Programme of Side Events. EU Pavilion, Katowice, Poland. December 14, 2018. 11.30 – 13.30 CET

Besides the EU side event that several ROCK partners will co-organize on December 14 (15.30-17.00 CET) at the EU Pavilion at COP24 in Katowice, Poland; Jesus Iglesias representing Ecopreneurs for the Climate (ROCK partner), and Pietro Ceciarini -winner of the Bologna ROCK Hackathon- will co-host a Meet-the-Expert session, on the same day (December 14), from 11.30 – 13.30 CET, at the lobby of the EU Pavilion.

This interactive activity allows visitors to engage directly with the ROCK experts, and find out about their work and projects first hand. In anticipation, here goes a little preview:

Jesus Iglesias Saugar

International consultant on social innovation and entrepreneurship for science-backed climate action. International Coordinator of Ecopreneurs for the Climate, leader of The Climate Reality Project and the Advanced Leadership foundation.

Jesus firmly believes social innovation & entrepreneurship, within collaborative networks of cities, can substantially contribute to addressing key socio-environmental challenges, like climate change and inequalities, by transforming the economy and driving important cultural shifts. Drawing from his experience, to mainstream social innovation for the climate, the following levers prove very effective: enabling regulatory frameworks, innovation labs, multi-stakeholder ecosystems, peer-to-peer networks of social enterprises, and city-to-city cooperation schemes. On top of it all, the climate crisis provides immense opportunities for social entrepreneurship towards a post-carbon and inclusive economy because, as stated in the IPCC SR15 report, limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” and entails “clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems”.

Linkedin profile: https://es.linkedin.com/in/jesusiglesiassaugar

Pietro Ceciarini

Italian management engineer, cosmopolitan social entrepreneur with an “eco” mindset. Winner of the Horizon 2020 ROCK Hackathon in Bologna, and founder of BackBO.

BackBO is a “circollaborative” lab (a circular economy laboratory in a coworking space in Bologna), where people transform their disposable packaging into valuable items and are rewarded for it, can help our societies evolve away from the throw-away culture, and contribute to the sustainable development of cities, benefiting the local economy, society and the environment.

Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pietro-ceciarini-936837102/