KYU HOUSE

COP28

To achieve the necessary speed and scale of change, we believe creativity must be woven into every climate action.

Humanity has arrived at a precarious state of existence. Too many of us are working in our own silos, and too many of us are waiting for others to take the lead. Humans are the cause of climate change but also the key to its mitigation and reversal.

Limiting climate change calls for:

  • Creativity to play a role (in provoking, catalyzing, accelerating, and delivering solutions and changes with rigor)
  • The kind of creativity that generates new, real-world solutions for the climate era.

From December 4–7, 2023, practical creativity took center stage at the inaugural kyu House at COP28. Hosted by the kyu Collective, in a converted warehouse in Dubai’s Alkersal Avenue, the four-and-a-half-day experience saw people and ideas coming together for panel discussions, interactive workshops and presentations to explore tangible solutions to climate change. Seven of kyu’s companies: ATÖLYE, BEworks, Gehl, IDEO, Lexington, Neol, and SYPartners, crafted the programming along with Public Digital, and kyu itself.

Leading climate and sustainability organizations Aspen Institute, Urban Partners, Kite Insights, Futerra, and NOW Partners joined the kyu companies in exploring a range of topics, including leveraging AI for urban design, moving from intention to impact, understanding Gen Z’s mindset around climate, and using storytelling for human connection.

Partner at SOMA MATER

Sheikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

Partner at SOMA MATER

Sheikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

SOMA MATER aims to create radical transparency across every aspect of the UAE food system through education and awareness.

Driven by data and a community-first approach, SOMA MATER facilitates conversations that support its three central pillars:

  • Empowering Local Producers
  • Supporting Sustainable Importers
  • Informing Critical Policy Makers
Partner at SOMA MATER

Sheikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

SOMA MATER aims to create radical transparency across every aspect of the UAE food system through education and awareness.

Driven by data and a community-first approach, SOMA MATER facilitates conversations that support its three central pillars:

  • Empowering Local Producers
  • Supporting Sustainable Importers
  • Informing Critical Policy Makers

CEO, Kite Insights & The Climate School

Sophie Lambin

CEO, Kite Insights & The Climate School

Sophie Lambin

Sophie is the Founder and CEO of Kite Insights, as well as the Editorial Partner of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and Curator of the New York Times Climate Hub.

CEO, Kite Insights & The Climate School

Sophie Lambin

Sophie is the Founder and CEO of Kite Insights, as well as the Editorial Partner of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and Curator of the New York Times Climate Hub.

Chair, IDEO

Tim Brown

Chair, IDEO

Tim Brown

Chair, IDEO,
Vice Chair, kyu Collective

    • Human-centered Design

    • Climate Era Innovation

    • System Design

Ranked independently among the ten most innovative companies in the world, IDEO’s long time CEO and Chair applies
a human-centered approach to climate challenges, driving innovation and growth in the for the world’s leading businesses.

Chair, IDEO

Tim Brown

Chair, IDEO,
Vice Chair, kyu Collective

    • Human-centered Design

    • Climate Era Innovation

    • System Design

Ranked independently among the ten most innovative companies in the world, IDEO’s long time CEO and Chair applies
a human-centered approach to climate challenges, driving innovation and growth in the for the world’s leading businesses.

CEO, SYPartners

Jessica Orkin

CEO, SYPartners

Jessica Orkin

Chief Executive Officer,
SYPartners

 

  • Purpose-driven Strategy
  • 21st Century Leadership
  • Coalition Building

 

Orkin works with SYPartners to advances firms’ purpose and impact in the world.
She works with visionary CEOs, boards and executive leadership teams to drive growth and culture change across industries
and issues – all with purpose, creativity, and humanity.

CEO, SYPartners

Jessica Orkin

Chief Executive Officer,
SYPartners

 

  • Purpose-driven Strategy
  • 21st Century Leadership
  • Coalition Building

 

Orkin works with SYPartners to advances firms’ purpose and impact in the world.
She works with visionary CEOs, boards and executive leadership teams to drive growth and culture change across industries
and issues – all with purpose, creativity, and humanity.

Stories From COP28

Day 5 Well Hero - 2

It’s a Wrap for kyu House at COP28

Notes on coalitions, activism and collaboration.
Day 4 Instagram - 5

Highlights From Wednesday

Notes on coalitions, activism and collaboration.
Day 3 Well 7

Highlights From Tuesday

Notes on coalitions, activism and collaboration.
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