A blogblast follows…Please enjoy this mini-series of updates with embarrasingly thin attempt at a narrative.
Almost terrifyingly, the 2030hub is already a thriving ecosystem three months after the doors opened. I wish we had a camera on the wall to live-share the diversity of the connections made, the incredible conversations happening every single day now and the life-changing projects being nurtured. As Liverpool’s Global Goals supernova we appear to be creating a gravity even Stephen Hawking would struggle to define. Spacetime is bent after all. We can see it now. It bends when great people from amazing organisations begin to convene away from silos and buzzwords and focus on impact not semantics.
I always knew the UN Sustainable Development Goals had potential as a universal language but for the first time in way over a professional decade or two it genuinely feels like we are at the start of a step-change moment. I say none of this lightly. As a long time witness to the next big thing, ranking, standard, guidance or award I became numb to the nothingness of each as the launch razzmatazz passed. The UN SDGs appear to be spinning this process on its head. Two years in still most people haven’t heard of them, but I think they will. I think everybody will.
The acknowledgement of interconnectedness between goals, the communications approach, the focus on finance, the focus also on the developed world, but most of all the direction of travel towards a city-based movement will without doubt change the world.
Anyways…Here is the news…
Apologies for the distraction
My head is very firmly stuck in 2030hub / Global Goals ‘/ Liverpool Goals mode. If you’d like to keep up with those developments please sign-up for the 2030hub newsletters here.
Next Up > #Employees4SDGs Twitter Chat – Wed 27 Sept – 12pm ET / 5pm UK
Join me as the host for this truly globally Twitter chat for IMPACT2030 to share and explore their freshly released set of resources aiming to align employee volunteering with the Global Goals..
I will be joined by
- @IMPACT2030 and their Interim CEO Sue Stephenson (@SueOStephenson)
- The World’s Largest Lesson (@TheWorldsLesson)
- Medtronic Foundation (@MDTPhilanthropy)
- AIM2Flourish (@AIM2Flourish)
Follow #Employees4SDGs to take part by asking your questions, sharing the learning and resources and highlighting your own best practice!
The 2030hub launches a range of Liverpool based events and workshops
- 28 Sept – 2030hub inaugural ‘Social’ – with a free drink fuelled Social event, surprise catering and our amazing Liverpool friends and allies.
- 03 Oct – Intro to SDGs for Business
- 31 Oct – Intro to BCorp (For-profit + Social mission)
- 14 Nov – Intro to SDGs for Public and Social Sectors
- 14 Dec – 2030hub Christmas Social (as Sept but with snow and baubles)
We love BCorp
I am now a proud B Leader. The 2030hub is progressing our own application for Pending BCorp status, we have our first BCorp workshop planned (see above) and we are determined to be THE northern powerhouse for this wonderful laterally disruptive perspective on business as a force for social good.
and finally, a few travels and a chance to connect?
I’m shortly off to present at the European Investment Bank Institute in Luxembourg to share our SDG / 2030hub / IMPACT2030 learning on October 20th, and then onto deliver a similar themed keynote at the 7th CSR Lebanon Forum in Beirut the following week on Oct 26th.
If you are attending either event, or know of any amazing contacts in those cities it would be great to connect. Leave a comment here to arrange a chance to meet up.
Well that’s all folks. Actually, not really all, but that’s all that I feel I should spill in one go.