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Transition World - Launch from Denmark 16-17th May 2015


16 – 17 May 2015, on Beach Hotel Marienlyst and Kronborg Castle, Denmark

Join visionary frontrunners for a 2-day conference focusing on our ability to lead change – and don’t miss the gala evening at the legendary Hamlet’s Castle, where Richard Olivier will deliver a keynote toast speech, inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and in the company of world class musicians.

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We’re on the eve of profound transformation, propelled by both necessity and  opportunity. For so long, we’ve struggled with our seemingly intractable inability to manage the precious, limited resources available to us — a veritable “tragedy of the commons.” This has endured while the existential threat of climate disruption, resource depletion and population explosion grows.

Now is our time and our chance to act  differently, thanks to technology that connects us in once inconceivable ways. While these tools have already facilitated revolutionary transformation at a global scale, the more important shift is in our own hearts and minds. Suddenly, we can see new solutions to our historic challenges. We can come together as communities — not clans — to communicate and collaborate to evolve in a way that benefits both people and planet.

That is Transition World’s story, situated where Shakespeare’s haunted Hamlet appropriately asked the universal question, “To be or not to be?” It is here that we gather as individuals, civic groups, businesses, international organizations and public institutions. Together, we will share ideas, resources and networks. Through this powerful community we can reimagine the world as a true prosperity of the commons.



Humanity has entered a period of profound change. We are pushed by necessity and pulled by opportunity. The push is a growing systems crisis, evident in the breakdown of financial institutions, climate disruption, resource depletion, unsustainable population growth, and violent conflicts. The pull is the opportunity to rise to a new level of human maturity, partnership, and freedom. The combined push and pull at a global scale make this a time of profound change and transformation for humanity.

Transition world is a powerful new approach to dealing with the profound challenges we face today. It’s a platform that brings together international organizations, civil society groups, business enterprises, and public institutions ready to seize the opportunity for creating a real and sustainable transition towards a more humane, equitable, and flourishing world.

Our approach is to work on 3 different levels simultaneously in order to evoke:

  1. Personal transformation – a new worldview that recognizes our basic interconnectedness and interdependence and promotes the flourishing of life on planet Earth in all its magnificent forms.
  2. Local transformation – how successful small-scale, local sustainability projects and new, evolving technologies can be made into successful mainstream initiatives.
  3. Global transformation – to catalyse strong and sustainable partnerships among people, communities, governments, NGO’s and businesses on a global scale.


Transition World’s member organizations are united in the realization that we need to connect, communicate, and collaborate – to share ideas and resources – if we are to be successful in co-creating viable long-term, workable solutions.

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For those of you who missed the Transition World gala evening, here is a link to the live-stream from Kronborg Castle. Thanks to all the contributors in Denmark and Japan for co-creating such a fantastic event! 

Transition World Launch - Livestream from Kronborg Castle, 16 May 2015 from Bente Milton on Vimeo.


The videos below are co-productions of and


Ferenc Miszlivetz is a Jean Monnet professor ad personam, sociologist and political scientist and a doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Science. His research interests include democracy in theory and practice, civil society, citizenship, regional and European Studies, globalization and sustainability. He is the academic director of the Institute for Global and European Integration Studies at the Corvinus University and scientific advisor at the Institute for Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy. Professor Miszlivetz has taught, lectured and done research in numerous universities in Europe and the United States including UC Berkeley and Harvard. He is a permanent visiting professor at the University of Bologna. In 2012 he was a Deák Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York. Professor Miszlivetz is also the founder and director of the board of the Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES) Foundation and a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability in Kőszeg.

Peter Merry is Chief Innovation Officer at Ubiquity University, founder of the Center for Human Emergence (Netherlands), and a founding partner of Engage!. He has worked in and across different sectors. As well as co-founding and leading the organisations above, his experience includes facilitating integral change processes in multinational corporations, and government ministries, and in multistakeholder initiatives with global stakeholders. He has also spent many years in the not-for-profit sector. He is a recognised expert in the field of evolutionary systems dynamics and Spiral Dynamics Integral in particular. He has had his first book published in English and Dutch (Evolutionary Leadership). He is currently researching the application of noetic science and energetics to whole systems transitions. In this context, he is working on a Ph.D. with Ubiquity’s Wisdom School. For more information, see, and CV on LinkedIn. Title of Peter's speech: "Ubiquity University and the Disruption of Higher Education".


Jody Jensen is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is the director of international relations at the Institute of Social and European Studies which she helped to found. For many years she was the Hungarian and then regional director of the international NGO Ashoka: Innovators for the Public which supports social entrepreneurship around the world. She teaches frequently abroad and also works for the European Commission in Brussels for the Jean Monnet Program and the Erasmus Mundus Program. Her major fields of research and publication include globalization, global governance, transformation of the nation state, governing global markets and global civil society. Some of her most recent publications include: Reframing Europe’s Future, ed. with Ferenc Miszlivetz, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2014; Globalizáció es Új Kormányzás, MTA Társadalomtudományi Intézet, Politikatudományi Intézet, Mundus Novus Könyvek, 2014; Global Challenges – European Answers: The Rise of Glocality in Europe, with Ferenc Miszlivetz. Szombathely: Savaria University Press, 2013; Globalizing Governance in a Multi-Stakeholder World. Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010; From Transition to Globalization: New Challenges for Democracy, the Media and Society, with József Bayer, Budapest: MTA Institute of Political Science, 2007; Europe Bound: Faultlines and Frontlines of Security in the Balkans, Szombathely: Savaria University Press, 2004.


Professor Sándor Kerekes introduced Environmental Education to the Corvinus University of Budapest in the early 1990s and soon after founded the Department of Environmental Economics and Technology. He published dozens of books and textbooks on environmental management and exonomics. A decade later he became Academic Director of the MBA programmes at Corvinus School of Management and in recent years served as Vice Rector of the University. Professor Kerekes also promoted preventive environmental practices in the region and founded the Hungarian Cleaner Production Center as well as served as the national coordinator of the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies. He has been Vice President of the National Environmental Council, member of the President’s Environmental Scientific Council of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the Hungarian Accreditation Body’s Economic and Business Administration Committee. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Warsaw School of Business and currently heads the Doctoral School for Management and Business Administration at Kaposvár University - Hungary.


Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and the creator and co-executive Producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives, Elsevier Scientific, UK 1995 (US edition, 1996), and co-authored with Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, Planetary Citizenship (2004). Her editorials appear in 27 languages and in 200 newspapers syndicated by InterPress Service, Rome, New York, and Washington DC, and her book reviews appear on SeekingAlpha, a London-based market e-letter. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including (in USA) Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor; and Challenge, Mainichi (Japan), El Diario (Venezuela), World Economic Herald (China), LeMonde Diplomatique (France) and Australian Financial Review. Her books are translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese and Chinese. She sits on several editorial boards, including The State of the Future Report, and E/The Environmental Magazine (USA),Resurgence and Foresight and Futures (UK).


A Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria (UK). The Institute runs the world’s largest MBA in sustainability, with over 1000 students from over 100 countries. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he has twenty years of experience in sustainable business and finance, as a researcher, educator, facilitator, advisor, & entrepreneur, having lived & worked in six countries. Clients for his strategy development include international corporations, UN agencies and international NGOs. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognised Professor Bendell as a Young Global Leader for his work on sustainable business alliances. With over 100 publications, including four books and five UN reports, he regularly appears in international media on topics of sustainable business and finance, as well as currency innovation. His TEDx talk is the most watched online speech on complementary currencies. In 2012 Professor Bendell co-authored the WEF report on the Sharing Economy. He is a special advisor to the United Nations department that convenes the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. Previously he helped create innovative alliances, including the Marine Stewardship Council, to endorse sustainable fisheries and The Finance Innovation Lab, to promote sustainable finance. In 2007 he wrote a report for WWF on the responsibility of luxury brands, which appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines worldwide, and inspired a number of entrepreneurs to create businesses in the luxury sector. Professor Bendell now specialises in leadership development, offering coaching and training to senior executives from around the world who have an interest in sustainable enterprise and finance.


Tony Gonzales is U.N. Liaison of the American Indian Movement West. Previously he coordinated the International Indian Treaty Council’s participation at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. He has worked with the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations to complete the Universal Declaration on the Rights & Principles of Indigenous Peoples. During his time at the Treaty Council he met with world leaders like Gorbachev, Arafat, Nelson Mandela and others to discuss Indigenous Sovereignty, environmental issues, religious freedom and political persecution. At the 1993 U.N. World Conference on Human Rights, he helped successfully lobby countries to call for an International Decade of Indigenous Peoples. He has helped build unity between Indigenous people of all colors by emphasizing their shared history and common vision for the future. As a Vietnam combat veteran, Tony lived the horror of war and was inspired to work for human rights and peace on planet Earth.


Kingsley L Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He prev iously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the co-author (with Bente Milton & Duane Elgin) of the study 'New Media for a New Future: The Emerging Digital Landscape for a Planetary Society' produced as part of the Fuji Declaration for The Goi Peace Foundation. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including ‘The Phoenix Generation’ (2014); ‘Breaking the Spell’ (2013); ‘New Revolutions for a Small Planet’ (2012) ; Struggle For Your Mind’ (2012); ‘New Consciousness for a New World’ (2011); ‘After the Car’ (2009 - with Prof. John Urry); and the celebrated ‘Dawn of the Akashic Age’ (2013 - with Ervin Laszlo). He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.


Karen Blincoe is a board member of Transition World. She is a consultant, educator and designer in sustainability issues, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK and Member of Design Denmark. Karen is the founder of the International Centre for Innovation and Sustainability (ICIS), DK. She set up the centre in Denmark in 2001 to teach and develop educational modules and programmes for designers and architects in topics relating to sustainability, professional practise, leadership and business innovation. She has helped develop and is the chairman of Chora Connection, a new centre for sustainability and resilience based in Copenhagen. She has been President of Danish Designers, Director of Schumacher College, UK and is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Arts at Brighton University in England. She has also been appointed a board member of the Energy Academy, Samsø. Karen lectures on sustainability issues on all continents and is privately interested in personal development, leadership and spirituality.