Pitch your Transformation: MOTION Handbook: Tools for Transformative System Change

Past Event
17 January 2022 15:15 (GMT)
17 January 2022 16:15 (GMT)



This session runs with:  Science to Policy Training – Increasing Policy Impact for Transformation; and A model for the transformation of the learning environments of the public schools of the city of Bogotá for science, technology and innovation.

Each project will have 10 minutes pitch with 30 minutes of Q&A. 

The first session here showcases the MOTION handbook, developed as a result of an innovation project conducted together with EIT Climate KIC (2019-2021) which sought to co-create a methodology to design, monitor and evaluate projects and programs aimed at promoting transformative change in cities and regions.


  • To co-create a methodology to design, monitor and evaluate projects and programs aimed at promoting transformative change in cities and regions.
  • To provide technical assistance and capacity building to cities and regions working towards transformative change
  • To develop materials that can support this capacity building effort.


  • This co-creation process was conducted for about 18th months, working with three projects of the Innovation Ecosystems program of EIT Climate KIC: SATURN, ACT on NBS and SuSMO. The three projects had a service-orientation and included a portfolio of actions addressing transformative change in one or more socio-technical system.
  • The methodological approach was designed as a modular approach that was adapted to the different contexts and needs of the three projects. In each case, the different modules were implemented in digital interactions, design to co-design and test specific methods and tools.
  • The MOTION summarizes the key learnings of these three co-creation processes, with a practitioner audience using an instructional design approach.


  • The methodology has been consolidated in the handbook

Ref: #15 (runs with #16, #44)



Carla Alvial Palavicino
University of Utrecht's Centre for Global Challenges
Carla is an interdisciplinary researcher working on innovation policy, future studies and socio-technical transformation. Her work centers about connecting research with problems in the real world, learning from practitioners and facilitating processes of trans disciplinary collaboration. Trained as a molecular biologist, she has a Masters on Sustainability from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. on Governance of Innovation from the university of Twente. She has worked with in the private sector, supporting the development of social innovations in renewable energy, and innovation policy in the public sector and as a consultant. In TIPC, she is working on understanding what processes, capabilities and tools can help people, organizations and systems to transform. She's passionate about open science, team work, and all transformations that can help research and universities become active participants of society.
Cristian Matti
Head of Strategic Research/ Transitions Hub Lead
Cristian Matti is an expert in sustainability transitions and innovation policy. He is Head of Strategic Research and leading the Transition Hub at EIT Climate-KIC and he is visiting researcher at Utrecht University. He contributes to regional and urban initiatives by facilitating science-policy-practice interface for the design and implementation of policy strategies and technical assistance related actions. He has contributed to research projects on sustainability transitions, regional and industrial system of innovation as well as innovation policies for public and private organizations in Europe and South America. He also has experience as coordinator of professional education and postgraduate courses on sustainability and regional innovation. His primary interest is the linkages between science and practice in facing the challenge of supporting regional and local development as well as transforming environmental governance through innovation processes.
Christoph Brodnik
Expert Advisor at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Christoph Brodnik (MSc, PhD, male), is working at the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology since 2019 in the field of innovation policy and transformation. Christoph has an environmental science and management background. He holds an MSc from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and a PhD from Monash University (Australia). Sustainability innovation in different sectors were at the heart of his private sector and academic career. Particularly in his PhD research he investigated the strategic management of innovative urban water management practices. The objective was to deliver best practice policy and robust decision-making advice that supports the emergence, growth and establishment of innovation in public services sectors.
Caetano C. R. Penna
Senior Research Fellow
University of Utrecht's Centre for Global Challenges
Caetano C. R. Penna is Senior Research Fellow at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (Netherlands) and Adjunct Professor (currently on leave) at the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Penna also acts as expert advisor to the Technology Directorate of the Rio de Janeiro science, technology and innovation agency FAPERJ. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies from SPRU, University of Sussex (United Kingdom), a master's degree in technological governance from the TalTech University (Estonia) and a bachelor's degree in economic sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research interests include transformative “mission-oriented” policies and financing for sustainability transitions. In the MOTION project, Dr Penna coordinates the co-creation and testing of the formative evaluation methodology that integrates transformative outcomes into the EIT Climate-KIC initiative on Sustainable Shared Mobility (SuSMO).
Paulina Terrazas
Applied research specialist with over 12 years of experience in evidence for strategic decisions. She worked on TIPC as part of the Local Development and International Cooperation Doctoral Programme at Ingenio-CSIC-UPV, focusing on Second Order Learning and MOTION projects. Previously, Paulina coordinated the public sector work towards the 2030 Agenda implementation in Mexico and headed the Specialized Technical Committee for Sustainable Development Goals. As a result from that work, the first national multisector strategy towards sustainability was elaborated. Paulina is a political scientist and international relations specialist from the Mexican Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), with an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK. She has worked in the academic, social, international and private sectors in different responsibilities to promote the use of evidence in high level decisions. With a permanent interest in development and its drivers, she has worked in depth for the education and health sectors. Lately, she has been more and more interested in studying how social, environmental and economic elements interact, and how innovation may pave the way towards sustainability.
Pablo F. Mendez
Pablo is an environmental scientist and institutional analyst focusing on the study of patterns, interactions and feedbacks between human societies and nature. His aim is to contribute to our current understanding of the evolution of the conditions necessary for human cooperation to attain more equitable and sustainable opportunities and outcomes in interlinked social and ecological systems. The latter constitutes an object of study of the Earth System that addresses specific relationships and problems among socioeconomic, institutional, natural resources and ecological components. He also enjoys working in the resolution of complex problems with other people, in systems thinking mode. When in a consultancy capacity, his role is an analyst applying research-based ways for improving policy and decision making under uncertainty in different sectors. He also has experience in facilitating and organising (individually or collaboratively) social interaction in meetings and workshops, sometimes in conflictive or competitive situations. Within TIPC, Pablo is involved in MOTION Project as a facilitator and postdoctoral researcher from INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). MOTION aims mainly at articulating and integrating key concepts from transitions theory, in particular the Transformative Outcomes and the Multi-Level Perspective, into a methodological framework that can be used for learning, monitoring and formative evaluation within EIT Climate-KIC’s Innovation Ecosystem programme. For further information about his work and research areas please visit his personal site http://www.pfmendez.net
Jenny Witte
University of Utrecht's Centre for Global Challenges
Jenny Witte is a communications consultant and manager, developing and implementing media and communications strategies, web consultancy, public relations and copy writing. She has worked with the TIPC core programme since 2019 as communications officer to Professor Johan Schot at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges and on policy experimentation projects and the TIP Resource Lab. Her responsibilities range from developing and implementing cross-channel communication strategies to content creation and the coordination of visualisations. Within the project MOTION, Jenny has worked with the research team to produce and oversee communications deliverables and training events.