Sustainable Development Goals

The need for an SDG Index: What does it mean for Education?

by |June 11th, 2018

Sachs et. al. (2016) released the first ever SDG Index and Dashboards report in July 2016. The report did not present any surprises, but did illuminate the promising hope for many countries in terms meeting the SDGs. In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals era had ended and the UN, along with its 193 member countries,… read more

Stepping into a Virtual Reality Classroom for Teacher Training

by |May 23rd, 2018

By Haein Shin & Tara Stafford Ocansey Addressing the global learning crisis and closing the digital divide requires systems of education that equip young learners with 21st century skills that can be enabled through integration of technology tools in their classrooms. However, teachers often lack not only digital skills themselves, but also the pedagogical breadth—to meaningfully… read more

Let local governments and small-scale organizations lead us towards Sustainable Development

by |May 21st, 2018

Source: Haein Shin, Radhika Iyengar, Tara Stafford Ocansey, Joaquin Aviles Lopez, Patricia Oviedo: UNDER ONE ROOF, BRINGING DIGITAL SKILLS, SOLAR ENERGY & HOPE FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT Sachs et. al. (2016) released the first ever SDG Index and Dashboards report in July 2016. The report did not present any surprises, but did illuminate the promising hope… read more

Under One Roof, Bringing Digital Skills, Solar Energy & Hope for Future Employment To Women

by |May 3rd, 2018

By Haein Shin, Radhika Iyengar, Tara Stafford Ocansey, Joaquin Aviles Lopez, Patricia Oviedo While the global trend advances further into faster and more efficient technology-enabled education, health, agriculture, energy and communications, there remain significant gaps that go unnoticed amidst the sweeping advancements in gender parity, electrification and opportunities for employment. The global access to electricity… read more

Celebrating Young Women’s Economic Empowerment for International Women’s Day 2018

by |March 8th, 2018

On this International Women’s Day of 2018, the era of the Sustainable Development Goals in full swing, we are witnessing more and more women completing higher levels of education, and taking on more leadership roles in governments. In Rwanda, for example, women make up more than half of seats in parliament. Cultural shifts are taking… read more

The World Bank Needs To Return To Its Mission

by |February 9th, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | February 9, 2018 The World Bank declares that its mission is to end extreme poverty within a generation and to boost shared prosperity. These goals are universally agreed as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But the World Bank lacks an SDG strategy, and now it is turning to Wall Street to please… read more

America’s Goals and Politics of the Common Interest

by |October 12th, 2017

As featured on LinkedIn | October 12, 2017 According to Aristotle, politics should be about the common interest. Yet everywhere we look, narrow corporate interests have pushed aside what’s best for most Americans. By adopting America’s Goals for 2030, we can restore the politics of the common interest and push corporate lobbyists to where they belong, the sidelines of politics. Think… read more

Big money is behind decarbonization. We don’t need politicians

by |August 3rd, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 3, 2017 The world is moving to a low-carbon energy system built on wind, hydro, solar, and other zero-carbon sources and the electrification of transport, heating, and industry. Thirty years from now, today’s American fossil fuel giants — ExxonMobil, Chevron, TransCanada, Koch Industries, among others — will be shadows of… read more

Donald Trump’s Climate Fantasies

by |March 31st, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | March 31, 2017 Legend holds that King Canute brought his flatterers to the sea to show them that even a king could not command the ocean waves, that the laws of nature are more powerful than the decrees of men. So pity Donald Trump, who really believes that his executive orders can… read more

Sustainable Digital Learning in Senegal

by |March 13th, 2017

By James Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa, a partner of CSD’s Connect to Learn Initiative. | Featured on the CyberSmart Africa blog, 13 March 2017 I just returned from visiting Potou Elementary School on the edge of the Sahara Desert in rural Senegal. In this remote location it was thrilling to observe teachers collaborating and coaching each… read more