Geneva has the potential to become a leading hub for social innovation and sustainable development the same way Silicon Valley has become a leading ecosystem for high-tech research and enterprises. And G3iD is spearheading this transformation by committing to radically accelerate progress towards the global goals. I can imagine nothing more difficult to attempt, and nothing better worth attempting.
Cross-pollinator at Pangloss Labs
Naturally impatient I cannot wait to see global society overcoming poverty, inequality and stop polluting its own habitat. People from different fields are working on achieving exactly that. I believe that by bringing together their expertise, and promoting cooperation and co-creation we can plant new ideas and implement action that will shorten the path towards economic, social and environmental sustainability. G3iD aims for this by promoting an innovative approach and connecting people in Geneva which provides the perfect grounds to utilize different expertise and tap into full potential towards achieving the SDGs
Innovator at ITC Innovation Lab
Most people agree that things need to change to continue inhabiting this planet. G3iD brings us a way to turn our words and good intentions into action. People achieve more and better things when they collaborate, share rather than compete. I'm excited to co-create G3iD with local and international Geneva.
Graduate Institute, Geneva
Why am I in the G3iD? I've been in the business world all my life. When the SDGs were published last year with another 15 year timescale, it seemed a lot like the UN was in "business as usual" mode. If we set a much more ambitious target, like say, 2020, you have to throw the rulebook out of the window and try different ways. Technological innovation has been surpassed by social innovation in the last few years. The way we do things is now at least as important as what we do. New ways of collaborating allow individuals to be more agile than large organisations, then scale up rapidly to make lasting change. So with a focus on accelerating the SDGs and the right framework enabling exponential innovation we can change the world a lot faster than we think.
Cofounder of Pangloss Labs
I am excited to take part in an action aimed to accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in an innovative way. Especially, since it is the first edition of G3iD, our team can practice new innovative ideas and approaches. Furthermore, as I have long been involved within the local and other diverse communities that make Geneva unique, I like the idea of creating synergies between them under the common banner ‘let's build an equitable and sustainable world together'.
Communications & media relations
Passion, curiosity and vitality drive me everyday! I want to be involved in the G3iD challenge believing it is the perfect innovative and collaborative reality where disruptive visions emerge.
...and, one day I found out that there are people out there dreaming my dream. So I joined G3iD to make it real.
How about you? Have you found your co-dreamers? Are you ready to start co-creating it?
Co-dreamer at Impact Hub Geneva Association
I decided to join G3iD convinced of the need for more collaborative an innovative thinking to speed-up the implementation of the SDGs. Is like the proverb: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. G3iD aims to provide the right environment to spur creativity, challenge your imagination using a range of innovative formats while presenting impactful solutions with potential for scaling. To me this is pretty exciting. Do you want to make part of our journey?
Adriana De Oro
from the Global Humanitarian Lab
I used to support causes or associations that I believe in through my design skills. I always looking for people and places where curiosity, co-creation and strong will are united to develop a new way to see the world. G3id appears to be a perfect place for it all.
International and interdisciplinary co-creation can radically accelerate the realisation of the SDGs. It additionally turns diversity & inclusion from a moral obligation into a fundamental necessity. G3iD showcases and lives these innovative and self-managed ways of collaboration across organisations, topics and cultures in a directly experienceable 1-day format.
I am excited to see various organizations and sectors come together to create innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. I believe that a platform for collaboration is crucial in order to accomplish the SDG goals.
As a responsible and concerned member of our planet's population I have heard enough data, debates and quibbling ... Concerted and collaborative action is needed to halt the collective damage we are causing and to be a catalyst for positive change.
Why am I with G3iD? As relevant, innovative, bold and courageous action is necessary, in terms of how we manage our collective resources resources, responsibly. I wish to support the efforts of this community - here in Geneva - and change paradigms and have impact required beyond; to be a force for good. Think crazy, think big, dare, challenge status quo and incremental change steps...listen...support...keep eye on where we want to go! I believe G3iD is a platform for this.
I joined G3iD because my vision for the future of our planet is at least as ambitious as the SDGs - therefore maintaining the status quo is not an option. With G3iD we want to disrupt and re-invent the way we have thought, worked and collaborated in the past in order to create something as great as the ambitions set by the SDGs.
Economic Research Fellow, UN Environment (UNEP)
G3iD is the perfect occasion to bring together every actor of Geneva, from International Organizations to Civil Society. Meeting open-minded people from different areas is vital to achieve the SDGs, because it's only through our collective impact that we can really make a difference. I'm helping out because I want to see a Geneva where everybody works together to co-create a better future. See you at the event!
Marketing / Design
My motivation for the G3iD: We are preparing an event which will be innovative in its format (formal events of int. orgz have become tasteless, sometimes absurd) + we prepare it in an innovative way, with open-minded people + we have the task to uncover really cool innovations, while embracing prototyping, failures to learn from, as well as high-impact, possibly scalable solutions! What can be more exciting than that?
Cofounder at ITC Innovation Lab
AprèsGE is an important local actor in the sustainability scene of Geneva and works towards the recognition of a social and solidarity economy in the region. It counts around 300 organizations (associations, cooperatives, foundations, sarl and SA) and around 250 individual members that commit to a very high standard of sustainability when joining the organization.
Our partnership with G3iD is a great opportunity for us to show all of our sustainable and local services companies (foods, materials, decorations, equipment) – to create an event that is authentic in its message that we need to act differently and decisively if we want to accelerate the reaching of the SDGs.
La Chambre de l'économie sociale et solidaire Après-Ge, Logistic team
I believe in co-creation. Taking into consideration all the facets of the world is impossible as we are finite human beings. Working together, I discovered other views and learnt to understand them as well as to collaborate. 1+1 becomes 3 and I am convinced that we will help accelerate the SDGs for a better world.
Together we have everything we need to achieve the SDGs. We have the money and we have the technology. All we need is partnerships and changing the way we think and work together! Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Don’t be afraid - join G3iD!
Cofounder at ITC Innovation Lab
When we are connected to our true purpose we can make a difference; as one friend of mine once said, ’it is like a murmuration of starlings: it looks big, but look closer and you will see it is really made up of thousands and thousands of smaller individual actions and choices’; I am making my part to leave to our children a better world that the one we inherited from our parents. Getting engaged in the implementation of UN’s SDGs is the perfect playground. Game on!
partner - ORBIS.earth
I strongly believe that the UN Sustainable Development Goals can only be reached if we work together jointly - breaking down silos between different sectors, mindsets and topics. Geneva is very well suited to bring all kinds of dreamers, planners and doers together. I am excited for G3iD and happy to be part of this wonderful team. 🙂
Fundraising and wherever support is needed, Impact Hub Geneva
G3iD is a new and unique way for anyone in region - individuals and organizations - to join forces in taking action towards the achievement of the SDGs.
Cofounder of Impact Hub Geneva
Innovation requires the courage to take risks and the curiosity to invent. The Geneva community could greatly benefit, by risking closer collaboration and collective innovation. Perhaps we have a lot to learn and gain from each that's waiting to be realised.
The G3iD is such a great concept and I cannot keep myself away from it! Given the complexity of challenges that this world faces, conventional approach in problem solving simply cannot catch up with the pace. We need innovation and we need competition to move things forward. Let's make Geneva the role model city and scale up globally!
Strategic Partnerships, World Economic Forum
I decided to join G3iD because it is a fantastic opportunity to link up different Geneva communities to innovate and work collectively for the SDGs. Geneva has it all to make innovation work for the SDGs – international & local organisations, well-established & start-up businesses, world-class knowledge institutions, resources and diverse communities involved in innovation and sustainable development – and G3iD is inspiring these actors to co-create for sustainable development.
Marta Pérez Cusó
G3iD is a way to bring together the unique resources and knowledge of the Geneva area in order to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals. I believe the partnerships, networks, and ideas that can be developed through this event can truly elevate our efforts to achieve the SDGs.
Graduate Institute, Geneva & Head of Finances for Just Innovate|C4SI
I am excited to be part of G3iD as I have been inspired by this fantastic concept to try and make a difference and help to change the world faster....
G3iD is unique. It is a chance to truly change the world. A chance to rethink the future. Image the unimaginable. Dare to dream bigger. Say what needs to be said. Do what needs to be done!
Geneva is the house of thousands of people who, like me, what to make the world a better place for all. As such, it has incredible potential to become the centre of disruptive change. G3iD offers the platform need for collective action. Who said 2020 wasn't possible?
Cofounder at ITC Innovation Lab
The SDGs provide a global framework for the upcoming years that is going to drive collective action towards a creating a sustainable world. I firmly believe that this can only be achieved through forging and redefining partnerships and co-creation for the Global Goals.
University of Geneva
G3iD ticks all the boxes for me:
I love challenges. ✓ Achieving the SDGs by 2030 certainly is a challenge.
I love being surrounded by inspiring people ✓ The G3iD team is definitely a group I can learn a lot from.
I love finding solutions ✓ The G3iD is all about co-creation of solutions for accelerating progress towards the SDGs.
I love trying something new ✓ The G3iD is all about trying unconventional approaches in order to create something truly innovative.
And lastly, I truly care about our goal: Accelerating progress towards the SDGs. ✓
Innovator at ITC Innovation Lab
Resource-rich Geneva with its human and financial capital is not only a place from which we could or should set action around the SDGs in motion - it's a place from which we HAVE to initiate change. Because if we can't make it happen, who can?
Innovator at the International Trade Center (ITC)
As an engineer developing new products for improving lives, I work around the world in poor communities where the meeting the SDGs earlier would really make a difference. We can do this, and I look forward to putting myself out of work in the process!