Radical Adaptation for Fund Managers

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Redefining risk models for a Climate Changed Future

One-day in person workshop by Black Mountains College at Schroders Asset Management in London. Endorsed by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment 


Dangerous climate change has arrived. Carbon dioxide emissions continue to surge, casting an uncertain shadow over our markets, asset prices, and the very foundations of our societies. Impacts are unlikely to unfold in a linear fashion. Tipping points –rapid and potentially irreversible changes in climate and ecosystems- are becoming increasingly likely with further warming. Historically, human systems and particularly financial markets, do not respond to shocks in a linear fashion either. What changes can we expect? How will they affect the financial sector? And what can we do to slow down and adapt to these changes? 

In this one-day Masterclass leading experts in climate science and sector impacts, will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and adapt to the unfolding changes.  


Course outcomes: 

  • Understand Earth System Dynamics: Dig into the science of tipping points and unexpected impacts of non-linear changes in earth systems.  
  • Recognize the Impacts on Finance: Map the under-appreciated risks of climate change and how these will directly impact markets, financial assets and portfolios. 
  • Redefining Risk Assessment: Critically evaluate the limitations of traditional climate and risk assessment models and their implications for financial decision-making. 
  • Navigating Social Tipping Points: Gain insights into human system responses to earth system changes and how to leverage them for a sustainable financial future. 
  • Strategies for Your Institution: Explore what these significant shifts mean for you, your institution, and the broader sector, with tailored strategies to stay ahead. 



Laurie Laybourne, award-winning researcher and Visiting Fellow at Chatham House, will chart the cascading consequences of climate tipping points and their expected impacts on the financial system. You’ll discover how these unpredictable changes stack up against traditional risk assessment models.  

James Dyke, Assistant Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, will explore scenarios of rapid Earth system change, giving you invaluable insights into when and how these impacts will hit, and what that means for you and your organisation. 

We’ll delve into the interconnected risks that arise from human responses to these events. This includes the potential chaos of a turbulent transition and the domino effect triggered by multiple tipping points.  

Led by Ben Rawlence, Black Mountains College CEO, and with input from Simon Webber, lead portfolio manager for Schroders Global Climate Change Equity strategy, the last session will focus on your role and your institution’s future. What does effective adaptation look like in the face of non-linear uncertainty? We’ll explore agency, political factors, and theories of change to help you better forecast change and integrate risks into your planning.  


Who will I learn from?  

Laurie Laybourn is an award-winning researcher, author and strategist. He is a Visiting Fellow at Chatham House, an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), and a Visiting Fellow at the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter. He regularly writes for a range of publications and appears on TV and radio. Laybourn has been risk assessing plausible scenarios of chaotic climate threats for use in the public and private sectors. 

James Dyke is an academic, writer, and author. He is an Associate Professor in Earth Systems Science, and Assistant Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Fellow of the European Geosciences Union. He models the dynamics of rapid social and environmental change. 

Simon Webber is lead portfolio manager for Schroders Global Climate Change Equity strategy which he co-founded in 2007. The climate change strategy specialises in investments that are likely to outperform as the world navigates the transition to a net zero economy while adapting to a changing climate. 

Ben Rawlence is an award-winning writer, activist, and founder/CEO of Black Mountains College in the UK. He was a researcher for Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, worked for the Social Science Research Council in the USA, and in politics for the Liberal Democrats in the UK and the Civic United Front in Tanzania.  

Natalia Eernstman is an educator and Creative Practice lead at Black Mountains College. She has background in the environmental and social sciences, as well as the arts, and extensive experience in design and convening immersive learning experiences in a wide range of contexts.  


Practical information 

Date:  30th January 2024 

Time: 9:00 – 17:00  

Location: Schroders Asset Management Ltd, One London Wall Place, EC2Y 5AU 




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