27 April 2017

G3iD: accelerating SDG progress through co-creation

On 24 March, 60 exhibitors and 900 attendees participated in the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD), a project to promote innovation, co-creation and collaboration in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Graduate Institute students Eleni Theodorou, Elena Mayer-Besting, Dieuwke Vos and Katherine Schlinder were part of the G3iD team which organised a solutions fair as well as a “co-creation factory”, a series of user-centred workshops focused on producing humanitarian and development innovation in areas including Creating Scale, Sharing Knowledge, Resource Mobilisation.

“G3iD was an amazing experience”, said Dieuwke. “I was thrown into a team of around 30 very enthusiastic professionals in Geneva who came together to make this happen.” “We wanted to do something different from a usual trade fair”, said Elena, “something that would be more engaging, getting people involved in the solutions through games and activities.”

“With the co-creation factory we wanted to let the audience co-create with content providers, in order to capture and rapidly co-create with the audience new disruptive ideas and spark partnerships”, said Eleni, “and we saw real results in terms of both measuring impact and boosting and accelerating solutions.” “I got to interact with people from different backgrounds and career paths”, said Katherine, “and what I enjoyed the most was seeing all these different actors came together in a co-creative spirit to achieve similar objectives.”

The G3iD partners were the International Trade Centre, Pangloss Labs, the Global Humanitarian Lab, The Port, and Impact Hub Geneva. The event was further sponsored by Barrett Values Center, Ville de Genève, the République et Canton de Genève, Chambre de l’économie sociale et solidaire- Aprés-GE, Australian Aid, and the Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

You can learn more about G3iD on their website or Facebook page, or watch a short video with Eleni, Elena, Dieuwke and Katherine below.