Pivot Projects

Can COVID-19 recovery be a catalyst for Net Zero by 2050, reducing future risk & reaching the UN Global Goals?


Create evidence-based recommendations for post-COVID19 stimulus policies that promote public-private partnerships to achieve 2050 Net Zero and UN Sustainable Development Goals using the UN Disaster Risk Reduction framework and putting health at the centre.


  • 70+ global experts and 5+ testbed locations contributing data, insights and cross-disciplinary systems models
  • 70+ global volunteers uploading the data/results into the SparkBeyond global systems AI platform
  • Hypotheses generated by the platform and refined by experts and in testbed locations will create effective policy recommendations

Targets for Recommendations

  • G20 (Riyadh, Nov. 2020)
  • COP26 (Glasgow, Nov. 2021)
  • EU post-COVID stimulus policy, 2020
  • UK Government Climate Champion
  • Individual city, regional and national governments
  • Initial report due August 2020


  • A non-commercial, non-constituted collaboration
  • Funding for a small coordinating team will be managed by Resilience Brokers, a not-for-profit, and overseen by a Board
  • SparkBeyond’s contribution is pro-bono

Current Policy Status

Evidence suggests current post-COVID19 stimulus policies will have a significant negative impact on climate change, increasing the likelihood of future pandemics and other societal shocks.

Pivot Projects Status

  • Initial findings emerging from 18 weeks’ progress across 23 workstreams and 5 international testbeds; interim report due in August.
  • Targets for policy recommendations engaged
  • 70+ experts engaged representing institutions including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICES Foundation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich, Tribe Impact Capital, Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation, Univ. of Washington School of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, EIT Climate-KIC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Univ. of Birmingham, UKCRIC, Singapore-​ETH Centre, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
  • Discussions ongoing with foundations in the U.S., UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), David and Lucile Packard Foundation, X-Prize Foundation

What We Need

  • Contributions of data and expertise from testbed locations, academic research and commercial businesses
  • Access to international policy influencers
  • Funding to sustain a small core coordinating team

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