By Flávia Alfenas, @flaviaalfenas, @zebralabL, @thebookinho
How do we ensure that people move towards the Sustainable Development Goals? How can we bridge that gap between the 2030 Agenda and daily decision making? What we have found is that focusing on people, on the individuals, is essential to move in this direction. What we do, and how we do it has a profound social, environmental, and economic impact. The most pressing challenges we are facing nowadays are not only local by nature, but global in impact. Recognizing the human behaviour as the root cause of these global challenges, therefore, give us the opportunity of focusing on how to inspire people to behave differently, towards more sustainable lifestyles.
In this sense, we've created a framework for a lesson on "SDGs and behavioural change: moving towards action" to address the challenge of implementing the 2030 Agenda at the individual level. We believe we do this best by reflecting upon our individual contexts, interests, and personal stories, and by linking this information to one or more of the 17 SDGs through collaborative action.
Thus, @TheBookinho is a people-centered approach, a three act structure to get individuals engaged with #GlobalGoals. It's an innovative education concept that combines elements of #storytelling, #gamification and #prototyping. The result of the work of five young professionals from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa during the Managing Global Governance #MGGNetwork, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the German Development Institute (DIE) @gdi_die.
The approach includes self-reflection exercises, a life-size SDG-board game in which players are the tokens using their creativity and the collective intelligence of the group to come up with feasible ideas to implement the 2030 Agenda in their daily lives. Designing Thinking is suggested as a methodology for projects development.
We believe that this approach can greatly contribute to the incorporation of behavioural insights into education for sustainable development programs by bringing the sense of ownership and encouraging people to prototype possible actions.
In this context, @ZebraLab -- a collaborative space for projects co-creation -- was born with the mission of giving the means to individuals and groups to empower themselves to build innovative solutions to complex global challenges. It intends to be a structure dedicated to create environments that support social innovation, whether they are virtual or face-to-face. It aims to delineate workshops, trainings and educational programs to provide experiences that stimulate personal reflection, social interaction and collaborative action by the participants in the context of the global challenges proposed by the 2030 Agenda.
Do you want to learn more about how The Bookinho approach has been used, so far, to #teachsdgs? Follow us @ZebraLabL and help to build this community!
For The Sustainable Ideas Game was created by Flávia Alfenas and her colleagues following work they did around the Sustainable Development Goals facilitating workshops in Brazil and Germany. The game combines elements of storytelling, gamification, social interaction, and project prototyping. The project intendeds to raise awareness about the SDGs, to encourage personal reflection, to foster social interaction through a SDG-game, and to come up with concrete ideas to engage people with the implementation of the goals.
Included: board game, materials (rules, cards, and "The Bookinho")
Flávia Amorim is a researcher, currently working in the sustainability area, in the intersection of education, sustainable development and international cooperation. She is the founder of ZEBRALAB, a collaborative space for co-creating innovative solutions to tackle complex global challenges. Having worked for almost seven years as a specialist at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), one of the main think tanks in the world, after completing the Managing Global Governance (MGG Academy) program in 2017, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the German Development Institute (DIE), she has found a calling as a trainer and advocate for SDGs.
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