Engagement Week 2024: Scaling experimentation – A catalyst for transformative system change

18 September 2024
20 September 2024


Scaling experimentation – A catalyst for transformative system change

18th to 20th September 2024

In September 2024, public and private investors will meet for the first time in Barcelona for an Engagement Week led by TIPC and the Deep Transitions Lab, which will build new partnerships and an emerging community of practice dedicated to profound systemic change.

Under the theme of ‘Scaling experimentation: A catalyst for transformative system change’, we will create the spaces and conditions for fresh exchanges between public and private actors, and build new narratives around the agency of investors in tackling transformational failure.

This global forum will synchronise emerging work on systems transformation, identifying novel strategies, methodologies and areas for cooperation and mutual value, while exploring practical models and replicable actions for integrating system change into investment practices and policy-making.

Please note that due to venue capacity, we have limited places for the engagement week. We will be sending out a call for submissions and providing more information on how to register your interest shortly. To keep updated, sign up for the TIPC Digital Digest or follow the Deep Transitions Lab on LinkedIn.

The Engagement Week is hosted by the Government of Catalonia.



Wednesday 18 September
TIPC members and DT Lab partners
Venue: Espai Bital; timings are provisional.

Systems optimisation can generate short-term positive effects. However, in the long run it may inhibit scaling, by preserving the unsustainable configuration of a dominant regime, and reinforcing the underlying rules. So how do we know if well-intended policy experiments or investment decisions are optimising or challenging a system? In this interactive session, investors, policy makers, funders and researchers will draw on experience and practice to shed new light on the potential of portfolios to deliver transformative change. More information to follow.

Venue: La Padrera, Pg. de Gràcia, 92, L’Eixample, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

engagement day 2: Scaling in practice

Thursday 19 September
TIPC members and DT Lab partners
Venue: Espai Bital; timings are provisional
Representatives from the Government of Catalonia will lead an interactive session exploring the city of Lleida’s Shared Agenda. Perspectives from multiple actors in the region highlight how local communities, supported by experts and public administrations successfully used transformative innovation and systems change methodologies and frameworks to address challenges linked to the green and just transition.

Investments and policy decisions can be made more effective by connecting to the transition dynamics of a particular place. From skills to infrastructures, identities to aspirations and culture – the characteristics and conditions of a context may help or hinder progress towards transformative outcomes. In this interactive session, developed in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre at the European Commission, participants will reference real-world challenges to consider the role of place in stretching the transformative potential of policies and investments. More information to follow.

Launch reception of TRIP European Hub – the launch of this exciting new initiative which will bring together ‘pairs’ of research organisations and governments (local, national, global) doing experimentation together on transformative change initiatives.


‘Scaling experimentation for transformative system change’ 

Friday 20 September
TIPC members, DT Lab partners and global knowledge community of partners, scholars and networks
Venue: Espai Bital; timings are provisional

Track 1: Designing policies for scaling organised by EU-SPRI

Track 2: Transformative Investment organised by DT Lab

Track 3: How networks can support scaling organised by TIP Consortium

08.00 – 08.45


Walk-in and registration

08.45 – 09.20

Welcome and opening discussion

Building bridges to scale transformative impact

09.20 – 10.10


Rethinking scaling: The future of economic growth and the role of finance

11.00– 11.30


12.15 – 13.15


13:15 – 14:00

Afternoon plenary – TIPC global

14.45 – 15.15


16.50 – 17:15

Closing reflections

19.00 – 21.30

Closing reflections

Conference Dinner