Re thinking structures

Rethinking the structures of the present for a different future

How can we think differently about the everyday structures of our lives, like the economy, social value, and culture, to build a more sustainable, equitable, and progressive world? What might new structures look like? This panel explores different ways of understanding the economy, value, and processes at work in our world to consider structures for a better future.

This panel is the second event in our Hopeful Futures seminar series.

Chair: Simon Moreton

Panel: Sam Brown, Indy Johar, Bill Sharpe and Liz Zeidler

This discussion will have BSL interpretation and there will be the option of enabling the zoom auto transcription feature. Please let us know if you have any specific access requirements and we will do our best to ensure they are accommodated.

Sam Brown, Consequential

Sam Brown is a business coach and the co-founder of Consequential, a community interest company which co-designs responsible strategies and innovation practices for the common good. Sam has a breadth of experience at the intersection of technology, business, and society, from leading the programme on responsible innovation at Doteveryone to being a national Business and Human Rights Coordinator for Amnesty Canada and working as a senior business management partner in financial technology, collaborating with executives and product teams to deliver award-winning online experiences.


Indy Johar, Dark Matter Labs, UK

Indy is a founding Director of 00 and Dark Matter Labs. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. He co-founded Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab and was a member of the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission. He is a thought leader in system change, the future of urban infrastructure finance, outcome-based investment, and the future of governance.


Bill Sharpe, Futures and Systems Practitioner

Bill is a futures and systems practitioner specialising in the intersection between science, technology, and society. He is a founding partner of Future Stewards and an advisor to leading figures across the climate, technology, and policy arenas.

Following a career of innovation in the computer industry he is now dedicated to bringing that experience to our challenge of enabling ten billion people to thrive on one planet. He is one of the originators of the Three Horizons approach to futures which he is pioneering with colleagues as a basis for a global commons of futures and systems change practice. He is the author of Three Horizons: the patterning of hope and Economies of Life: patterns of health and wealth.

Liz Zeidler, Chief Executive, Centre for Thriving Places

Liz is an internationally recognised leader in sustainable wellbeing with over 20 years of experience in connecting, challenging and supporting change-makers. She has been a key part of the development of all Centre for Thriving Place’s wellbeing measurement tools and approaches. She is a globally in-demand speaker and advisor on community wellbeing and place-based approaches to measuring, understanding and improving wellbeing in all sectors.


Simon Moreton, Senior Research Fellow, Creative Economies Lab, UWE

Simon’s work is currently focused on ecosystemic approaches to developing sustainable and inclusive creative economies. This includes research into how creative organisations understand and communicate the impact of their activities, and how alternative social and economic models, structures, and approaches to value might change the way we work.

He is also a writer and artist, drawing and writing about everyday life, focusing on the geographies and histories of memory, and our relationship to the landscape.