International Global Goal Jams Event in Bangalore Looks at Designing to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

20 September, Bangalore; Delhi: The Global Goals Jam, an international 2-day design event focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held in Bangalore, India, on 24-25 September.

As countries around the world attempt to achieve the ambitious global sustainable development agenda, people from diverse background around the world are coming together to put their creativity and problem-solving skills to use, designing interventions in support of long term goals.  

The event will be hosted by Fields of View, Bangalore. In India, the Global Goals Jam is being held as part of the India Social Good Summit, a UNDP-led initiative to examine impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives.

“Today’s problems are what we would call ‘wicked problems’. Design provides us a way to plan for the constantly changing landscape and understand consequences of our responses to such changes. We at Fields of View are thrilled to host the first ever Global Goals Jam in India,” says Bharath M. Palavalli, co-founder and researcher at Fields of View.

The two-day Global Jam will focus on SDGs 1 (No Poverty); 5 (Gender Equality) and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

“Innovation, creativity, technology and commitment are key to making progress on the ambitious global development agenda,” says Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, UNDP. “Just as formulating the Goals was a participatory process, so too will be the process of finding solutions to the biggest development challenges of our time. Everyone, everywhere should be a part of the solution.” 

 

About the Global Goals Jam:

In 2015, 193 member states of the United Nations adopted a development agenda for 2030, which included a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (http://www.globalgoals.org/)

This year, the first ever Global Goals Jam  (http://globalgoalsjam.org/) is being held in 15 cities across the world, where participants will design interventions with these SDGs as the focus. In India, the Global Jam session will bring together participants from across the country, with diverse backgrounds, including arts, technology, social sciences, development, and design.

Global Goals Jam is an initiative of UNDP and MediaLab, Amsterdam.

About UNDP:

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from democratic governance to poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management. UNDP’s programmes are aligned with national priorities and are reviewed and adjusted annually.

Contact:
nandita.surendran@undp.org; +91-9810084776

About Fields of View:

Fields of View (www.fieldsofview.in) is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is on building games and simulations to improve the process of policy-making.

Issues faced by cities are often referred to as ‘wicked problems. Given the diversity of the Indian urban context, we need tools that will allow a diverse set of actors to come together and collaborate in order to address these critical issues. Our goal at Fields of View is to design spaces to enable such dialogues using games and simulations — tools built on research at the intersection of social sciences, art, and technology.

Some of our projects include ‘Levers of Change’, a game for policymakers and researchers in the areas of economics and sustainability studies to understand the Inclusive Wealth Indicator (IWI), which is proposed as a complement to the GDP and HDI, in collaboration with UNESCO MGIEP; Rubbish!/Kaasu-kasa, a board game on waste management; Joint Road Forward, a project that uses gaming and computerized simulations to study planning for mobility infrastructure and policy, in collaboration with IIIT-B, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and TU Delft.

For the third consecutive year, Fields of View has been featured in the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the University of Pennsylvania that ranks public policy research organisations worldwide in the ‘Best New Idea or Paradigm developed by a Think Tank’ category.

Fields of View is a non-profit organisation, registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960. Section 12AA(1)(b)(i), and Section 80G(5)(vi) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Contact:

Website: www.fieldsofview.in
Phone: +91 80 40977237
E-mail: info@fieldsofview.in
Address: Fields of View, #1915, 18th ‘A’ Main, 5th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase, Bangalore – 560078

Kshiraja Krishnan
Researcher, Fields of View
kshiraja@fieldsofview.in