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World leaders came together under the United Nations Assembly and established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. This was a great milestone achievement which meant there was finally a call for everyone to start making a difference.
Taking a look at the Financial Industry, which is one of the largest industries globally, one is curious as to how much of a difference this specific industry has made by meeting those SDGs. . Sadly, after researching, the progress since 2015 has been mainly on GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Here’s a conundrum for you. What does a cold warehouse in a Dutch seaport, a captivating dance performance, and a room filled with strangers have to do with partnering for the SDGs?
Let me show you. In 2012, a guest speaker appeared at one of our coastal community management classes, with a tale that allowed me my first sneak peek into the magic formula that underpins partnerships with impact. This was a tale of trust, communication and thinking free of silos.
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I would love to see a grand collaboration put in place quickly over the next few months, for COP 26. An alliance for humanity. An alliance for humanitarian action against climate change involving the best of civil society with the best of government, the best of the military, the best of academia, the best of the private sector and philanthropists.
A lead agency role involves a lot of skilful facilitation, a lot of political astuteness. A lot of emotional intelligence needs to be applied into the space, and a lot of sweat effort bilaterally with the individual partners if things are going awry, and helping people to come back to the table. And resolving issues as all sorts of feather-ruffling goes on.
It’s difficult to chair a partnership as a lead agency and be the sort of coach of the partnering process. So successful partnerships, I think, bring in that external element sort of Call, call it out. And that’s a great role for expert organizations who have experience in brokering partnerships.
The main advice that I can give to anyone who wants to partner is that we really need to give before asking, and eventually, this will come around, and we will gain from it.
The reason why we are so keen on SDG 17 and partnerships is that, working together makes us so much stronger. Nonprofits who work in silos really struggle, and we need to work as a group to communicate about the SDGs together, to make sure that all of us get impact, and really achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We need to make sure that together, we all have impact.
I am looking for partners who want to talk about community energy, who have a cooperative, who are working in the field of renewable energy to push through the solar campaign, we need to move to a new type of energy for the future, and we need to do it quickly.
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