New 'Focused on the Future' Podcast Episode: "Investments for System Change"

In the podcast series Focused on the Future, individuals, stakeholders, and scientists come together to talk about new views on big issues based on longtermism. In this episode, we look at how investments can contribute to creating positive system change.

Although investors tend to look at the short term, they are forced to contribute to global problems that require a long-term view. Crises such as climate change, biodiversity loss and growing inequality lead to new risks, regulations and pressure from the public opinion.

However, simply investing ‘more’ will not be sufficient. How can investments positively impact long-term global challenges? What changes are needed to let investment work towards sustainability in stead of against it?

Joining the conversation about investing for the long term with our host Glenn van der Burgon, this episode's guests include:

  • Johan Schot, Professor Global History and Sustainability at Utrecht University and Founder of the Deep Transitions Project
  • Diana Velasco, Anthropologist, systems engineer and currently Research Fellow at Ingenio
  • Roberta Benedetti del Rio, Sustainability-focused investor and impact consultant
  • Friedemann Polzin, Associate Professor at the Utrecht University School of Economics and Member of the Sustainable Finance Lab
  • Martijn Klop, Master Student at Utrecht University and co-founder of the Effective Altruism student group

You can listen to the podcast 'Focused on the Future' on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere podcasts are available.

Listen to the episode on "Investing for System Change"

About Longtermism and the podcast

Organizations and institutions often focus on the short term. Not considering the long-term impact has major implications in global issues such as climate change, poverty, deforestation, religious conflicts and migration. For these major issues we must develop long-term strategies. In the 'Focused on the Future' podcast, scientists and stakeholders come together to discuss new views on big issues based in 'longtermism'. This podcast is an initiative of Utrecht University, specifically the Longtermism Platform within the UU Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies.