Mission

We are an international think-and-do tank for the young generation to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to avoid the occurrence of “dark sky scenarios”, systematic changes in politics, business and society are vital.

Our generation is more connected, more aware and more disruptive than ever before. Contrary to previous generations, we were taught to think in complex systems more than in binary categories of good and bad. Therefore, we believe that our generation provides the innovative mindset necessary for systemic change. Together, we seek to promote the transitions towards sustainable forms of businesses, finance, energy, consumption, cities, development cooperation and much more.

About us

Our current 21 members are highly educated students and young professionals from all around the world. We are ambitious and skilled policy-, business-, and social-entrepreneurs as well as idea facilitators, who are firmly determined to implement the SDGs on national, regional and global levels. In our function as a think-and-do tank, we serve as boundary workers between science and the political, business and social sector.

The basic definition of sustainable development is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, most of the current decision processes tends to be dominated by the older generation and produce outcomes which neglect future generations. Consequently, we, representatives of the younger generation, claim to have legitimacy to be heard by present decision makers.

Approach

We equip young change agents around the world with the necessary resources to develop their ideas into professional policy-, business-, and social-innovations. In addition, we support the translation of the SDGs into the specific context of political institutions, businesses and civil organisations through workshops and consultancy. The variety of our cultural and academic backgrounds, including Sustainability Science, Design Thinking, Economics, Business, Politics, International Relations, Law, Sociology, History, Culture Science, Earth Science, Environmental Management, Biology and Geography enables us to draw on a broad set of scientific instruments and cultural perspectives.

By following a transdisciplinary approach, we ensure scientific sound and practical salient outputs. Therefore, our solutions are systematically checked and balanced through dialogues with a broad international network of mentors and experts from science, politics, business and civil society.

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SDG Lean Startup Webinar

Posted on 26. August 2018
Category: SDG startup webinar
Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals is up to all of us. And while we see concerted efforts ranging from global coalitions to local action groups, not every individual is yet inclined or has the resources to contribute to a sustainable future for all. Generation Why wants to change that: We believe that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic background or other factors, should have access to tools and resources that help them change the world (or their surrounding). This is why Generation Why is partnering up in a series of virtualRead More