Academy Knowledge Library

REN21 has curated and produced the Academy Knowledge Library which is a set of videos as a supplement to the 2020 REN21 Academy, covering key topics related to both renewables and change management strategies. These videos aim to inspire, but also to teach fundamental ideas that can be used to amplify our work to shift to renewables-based economies and systems.

On this page you can watch REN21’s Knowledge Library Videos and download 2020 REN21 Academy presentations.

It’s important we understand each other’s perspectives if we want to change things. What are the “drags”  and “drivers” that hinder or stimulate?  What are those “other things” that may not seem important but ultimately affect our choices?

We’ve selected some resources that you might find useful in answering these questions. It is certainly not comprehensive but we hope it’s a start. Scroll down to see some suggestions including a book list, inspirational videos, and informative podcasts.



Timezone in Focus – Renewables in the Asia Pacific

Monica Wang

Abhishek Jain

Akbar Swandaru
ASEAN Center for Energy

Bridget McIntosh
EnergyLab Cambodia

Timezone in Focus – What do Renewable Energy SMEs need in Africa, Europe and the Middle East?

Pacifique Niyonkuru

 Máté Heisz
SolarPower Europe

Ahmed Samir Elbermbali

Timezone in Focus – North and South: How to build action across the Americas?

Megan Day

Andrés Schuscny


In addition to the REN21 content above, we have compiled a list of inspirational materials that may help you be a change-leader in the world of renewables and the energy transition.

Below, you will find:

Stimulating books

We have pulled together some inspiring e-books on leadership, change management and storytelling. You may find these helpful in thinking about and navigating, the collective change we need.

You’re ready for more? Here are a few more suggestions:

Inspirational videos

How great leaders inspire action (17:48)

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers…

Liminal Thinking (12:28)

Dave Gray

No matter who you are or what your situation is, some change is always possible. If there’s a situation in the world you want to change, liminal thinking can help.

Working backward to solve problems (5:56)

Maurice Ashley

Imagine where you want to be someday. Now, how did you get there? Retrograde analysis is a style of problem solving where you work backwards from the endgame you want.

Informative podcasts

Dare to lead, by Brené Brown

Listen to this episode “The Heart of Daring Leadership”, or to other conversations with change-catalysts, culture-shifters and more than a few troublemakers who are innovating, creating, and daring to lead.

B The Change, by B Corp

Listen to this episode “The Intersection of Sustainability and Social Justice in Business” by Grow Ensemble; or listen to other episodes that inform and inspire people who have a passion for using business as a force for good in the world.

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