We are officially in the middle of Global Goals Week! Although events and activities are in New York City, there are still a lot of ways to become involved and make an impact. Listed below are initiatives, events, and organizations that may inspire you, motivate you, and empower you to create positive and sustainable change in your own school, community, network, or region!
The Social Good Summit examined the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Uniting global leaders and grassroots activists, the summit highlighted solutions to the greatest challenges of our time with the theme #2030NOW, asking the question “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” Watch the livestream of the event here. (9.17.17)
The Solve Challenge Finals brought together selected innovators to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges and a live audience for the Global Challenges of (1) Brain Health; (2) Sustainable Urban Communities; (3) Women and Technology; and (4) Youth, Skills, & the Workforce of the Future. Watch the Solve Challenge Finals here and become inspired by new ideas and approaches to sustainable development. (9.17.17)
#NoLostGeneration is an initiative committed to supporting children and youth affected by the Syria and Iraq crisis. Launched in 2013 and now in Phase II, No Lost Generation provides a regional framework for key areas of the response; amplifies the voices and perspectives of adolescents and youth; combines immediate response with strategic investments for the future; and mobilizes resources for sectors at risk of underfunding. You can become involved in the initiative through these take action points including starting your own NLG group with downloadable student campaign kits.
Goalkeepers is a reporting initiative that focuses on the stories behind the data. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the annual report is to be released every year until 2030, tracking 18 data points included in the SDGs that are fundamental to people’s health and well-being. In addition to this data, Goalkeepers is also telling the stories behind the numbers. Focusing on the leaders, innovations, and policies that have made the difference in countries where progress has been most significant, Goalkeepers is a great resource to a different side of initiatives and ideas. Find more information here and watch the livestream with speakers like Barak Obama, Bill Gates, Malala Yousafzai and many more on Wednesday, September 20 here. (9.19-20.17)
TEDGlobal>NYC will be held on Wednesday, September 20th, with a mission to catalyze new thinking about world issues. Altthough this event is not streamed live, stay tuned on the TED website and YouTube page for feature videos. With speakers like author and activist, Naomi Klein, techno-sociologist and author, Per Espen Stoknes, and musical duo, Ibeyi, the event is sure to feature unique and interesting perspectives on big problems we face as a collective group and what we can do about them. See more from TEDGlobal here or check out their YouTube page here. (9.20.17)
We the Future: Accelerating Sustainable Development Solutions, is an event that will bring together innovators from around the globe and will feature models of systemic change that have been proven on a local, regional, and global scale to create sustainable change. Join an audience of social entrepreneurs, corporate pioneers, government innovators, artistic geniuses, and others and learn from the amazing ideas and models that we can make possible. Livestream the event on Thursday, September 21 on their Facebook event page. (9.21.17)
Global Citizen Festival – travel to NYC through YouTube and watch the Global Citizen Festival live from Central Park. With artists like Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, and Alessia Cara who would want to miss it! The event will be streaming on YouTube on Saturday, September 23, 3:00 PM Central here. Check out their other festivals on YouTube and experience music and positive change brought together! (9.23.17)
“We must work… not wait. Not just the politicians and the world leaders, we all need to contribute. Me. You. We. It is our duty.” Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani education activist and Nobel Laureate