UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)
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As we discussed in class, the United Nations has developed 17 sustainable development goals
in 2015 with a projected goal for 2030 to build a better, more sustainable future for us all.
For this assignment, please choose the sustainable development goal that interests you most.
To quickly review the list of SDGs please revisit our course canvas page: “Social
Entrepreneurship in Action” or watch the following video: https://sdgs.un.org/goals. Once
you’ve chosen 1 SDG on which to focus, use some of the tools you’ve learned earlier in the
course to address the following points. It may be necessary to examine the goal you have
chosen a little more closely. The website above may be a good place to start. Your response
should not exceed 5 pages double spaced. Please use font size 12. Please include a brief list
of references if you use sources in addition to the UN website and the resources available
through your Canvas course page.
• In your introduction, please identify which SDG you have chosen giving both the number
and name of the goal. According to the United Nations, in how many countries can this
challenge be found? How many people would be influenced if this goal were to be
successfully addressed? Does the problem exist here in the United States? In your state,
in your county? Are there historical, political, or cultural events and situations that have
made it difficult to eradicate the problem? What changes would help in the facilitation
of achieving this goal. Please explain.
• Conduct further research on your SDG. What work has already been done or is being
done to address the SDG you have chosen? Give 3 examples. Describe the people who
are implementing the program? Describe the people who will benefit from the
program? Are any of the people on the implementation side apart of the population
who will benefit? If so, what is the significance of this relationship.
• In this course we learned about DESIGN THINKING as a creative method of designing a
solution to every-day problems using empathy. We also discussed at great length the
use of stimuli to familiarize ourselves with the focal phenomenon (ie. Coffee mug,
observing people drinking coffee). If you were an entrepreneur or idea generator with
the goal of helping to eradicate an issue associated with your chosen SDG for this
assignment, what would you use as a stimulus or stimuli? What resources do you have
access to that would allow you to use empathy to understand the problem better?
What resources do you lack? If you lack resources or access needed to help solve the
problem, who would you need to connect with to gain access to those resources?
• Most entrepreneurs work in teams. If you were to assemble a team to work with
(consider the team box from your idea napkin), what would be the profile of the group
of people you think would be most helpful in helping you create a solution in the form
of an invention or innovation?