The Alumniportal at the SDG-festival: “Success Factors for Citizen Engagement”
As part of the “Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development”, the Alumniportal Deutschland organised a “Take Action Lab – Success Factors for Citizen Engagement” on 23 March 2018. Around 40 people from four continents took part in the lab. The participants addressed the central question: What are the success factors for citizen engagement?
Over 1,500 participants from more than 100 countries and an abundance of ideas, action plans and inspiration – that is the summary of the three-day “Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development”, hosted by the UN from 21 to 23 March 2018 in Bonn.
The Alumniportal Deutschland was an active contributor and organised the “Take Action Lab – Success Factors for Citizen Engagement” on 23 March. Over 40 people from all across the world took part – among them around 20 Germany-Alumni from countries including Kenya, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Ukraine and India. The central aim of the event was to work out success factors which could encourage individuals to participate in projects that contribute to achieving the SDGs. The tone was set by input speeches from two young activists who gave their very personal view of the issue by describing examples from Colombia and Bonn. This was followed by a “World Café”, where other lab-participants also had an opportunity to briefly present their project ideas. The highlight of the lab was formed by three workshops employing innovative methods: With the aid of crayons (Vision Mandala), creative writing (journaling) and LEGO®-blocks (LEGO® Serious Play), small working groups worked out success factors that will lead to participation in projects and actions.
Further participation of the Alumniportal Deutschland
In addition to the lab, the Alumniportal also presented 20 selected photographs from the photo competition “2030 Agenda: Take a Look – Get Involved” in a prominent exhibition. One of the competition’s winners, Rindra Ramanankirahina, had travelled all the way from Madagascar to take part in the festival. “The lab was very inspiring”, she later wrote, “I learned a lot, broadened my horizons and met many different people who I will be working with in the future.” Another competition winner, Amina Gharred from Tunisia, was also there. Amina had become aware of the 2030 Agenda through our photo competition.
One of the highlights of the festival programme was the award ceremony for the SDG-Action Award on the opening night. There were seven categories and Germany-Alumnus Olusegun Osifuye from Nigeria was among the 48 finalists: His project “Nigeria in Maps” was nominated in the category “Visualisation” and his participation was sponsored by the Alumniportal.
Here you can find the interviews that we conducted at the Global Festival, in which some very interesting Germany-Alumni told us about themselves and about their projects:
Eddy Odari firmly believes that “together, we can bridge the gap”. Do you have similar experiences in your work, your daily life or your role as Germany-Alumni? Do you have a personal story that involves the SDGs? You are more than welcome to share it in the Community group “Sustainability”!