A co-creative info session kicks off collaboration for the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Days

More than 50 representatives of NGOs, UN organisations and the private sector have joined the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD) info session that took place at IMPACT Hub on the 16th of November. G3iD is an association of different organising partners with the goal of bringing innovation into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda and capitalising on the potential offered by international organisations in Geneva and beyond.

This informative session comes after several run-up events already took place to generate awareness and meaningful partnerships. One example is the POP UP Muse which recently brought together magicians, mind readers and organisations leading on innovation such as the Global Humanitarian Lab, Pangloss Labs and THE Port. The first G3iD info session for newcomers has been structured around co-creation exercises, that are at the core of the non-conventional approach of the main G3iD event planned for the 24th of March 2017. The incredible turnout shows that the international community is ready to act, innovate and collaborate to achieve the SDGs and that people are willing to speed up the process thinking outside of the box. Participants were given much more than a box, as different materials were provided to them to come up with prototypes to inspire solutions with the goal to collaboratively overcome current challenges.

In particular, participants were asked to provide proposals to tackle some of the main critical aspects of the run toward the SDGs and were informed on the opportunity to use G3iD as a platform for co-creation and knowledge sharing. Among these more concerning areas of work there are sustainable and productive “partnerships” – at times just bureaucratic and hierarchical breaks, but also a powerful opportunity to work effectively toward the SDGs.

Participants were able to hear about the scope and structure of the main G3iD event and to discover what are the opportunities to get involved during a short presentation. Once again they were called to contribute to the day by proposing info sessions or workshops , with the objective to scale-up best-practices for innovation across other organisations. The info session attendees were also able to indicate their interest in joining the “solutions fare” where they could have a stand to showcase their work as G3iD is planning to welcome more than 300 innovation leaders.

The original contributions that different groups were able to provide on the spot, when presenting the result of their work, already displayed the unique access to knowledge and skills that Geneva has to offer and their potential to unlock the power needed to achieve the SDGs all around the world, thinking “2020” rather than “2030”.

Pop-up MUSE 10th November

The G3iD association is inviting all social innovators to come celebrate ‘World Science Day for Peace & Development’, with a creative brainstorm on the SDGs. Channel your inner powers of storytelling and understanding with the latest UN tools, then enter the world of augmented reality and 3D printing to find solutions for a better future.

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Participez à l’accélération des Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD) / Help accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Le 21 novembre, l’association G3iD invite les acteurs genevois de la finance, du monde entrepreneurial et des organisations international à participer à un processus disruptif et non-conventionnel de co-création et partage des connaissances. Cette démarche mènera à un événement en mars 2017 qui mettra en avant l’innovation au service des ODD.

Lieu/adresse: Impact Hub Genève, rue Fendt 1, 1201

Date: 21 novembre

Horaire: 17h00 à 18h30

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How to Contribute & Participate to the G3iD? Information Session for Potential Participants on 16th November

The Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD) will bring together individuals and organizations to radically accelerate SDGs impacting social innovation in international Geneva and beyond.

G3iD is hosting an large scale all-day event on March 24th 2017 preceeded by several run-up activities. All events will use unconventional, yet purpose-driven formats to help co-creation and collaboration around the SDGs.

How can innovation & sustainability actors take part in the event?
→ Display scalable approaches to the SDGs at the ‘solutions fair’
→ Hold a workshop to share the tools that participants can use to achieve change within their organizations

Want to know more? Join our information session, and explore concrete ways to get involved.

When: 16th of November 2016, 18:30 – 20:30
Where: Impact Hub Geneva, rue Fendt 1, 1201

If you are planning to come to the information session, please sign up on Eventbrite, so we can prepare enough snacks. If you want to stay up to date about how G3iD’s activities are evolving, go ahead and sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter.

A one page guide to the G3iD…

…is available for download right here.

Who are we?

We’re a group of people from different backgrounds here in Geneva. To see some of us and why we are doing this, go to Co-creators

Sign up to participate from today

As of right now, you can sign up to participate in the first Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day.  We’re looking for participants, sponsors, people to join the organising team, people with innovative ideas that need exploring in different types of innovation workshops as well as volunteers to help on the day!

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What have the SDGs achieved so far, and why should we accelerate progress?

The first report on the Sustainable Development Goals tells us why.  

As we know, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by resolution of the United Nations on September 2015. They are a set of 17 goals with 169 targets, following from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were supposed to be achieved by 2015, and focusing on social progress, economic growth and environmental protection[1], what is called altogether sustainable development.

Half a year from the beginning of their implementation, a first report has been published underlying the challenges on each one of the goals and the need to implement all-encompassing solutions.

Amongst the areas where opportunities for improvement are required most urgently are the enhancement of precise data capturing to identify problems and find appropriate solutions; and the inclusion of the vulnerable communities in the solution generation and the enjoyment of opportunities.

You can access the whole report here

What is this telling us?

More than results, the first report on the SDGs serves as an attention call to accelerate the implementation of the goals proposed. If we want to have a real impact by 2030, more than the one obtained by the MDGs, there’s a lot of work to be done! This is why we exist.

What are your ideas to radically accelerate the implementation of the SDGs?

How could you contribute?

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[1] United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “Transitioning from MDGs to the SDGs”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hLuEui6ww. Youtube.

What is the G3iD?

We’re a Swiss association aiming to organise the first

Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD)

in the first quarter of 2017 with the objective to:

– unleash the creative potential of International Geneva
– promote & practice disruptive innovation and co-creation
– forge innovation partnerships & collaboration

to radically accelerate progress towards the global goals.

Join in by contacting