How it works

In September 2015, world leaders committed to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, by the year 2030. The Goals address a range of global challenges including poverty, gender inequality, disease, climate change, and social injustice.

HOW CAN CITIZENS HELP ENSURE THAT THE GOALS WILL BE ACHIEVED?
One way is to provide data to verify progress towards the goals at a local, regional, or global level.


O17 is a challenge-based, online interactive coaching programme that supports and rewards teams developing innovative and implementable solutions for the SDGs. It encourages grassroots public participation and citizen science through the use of open data and crowdsourcing.

 


Challenges

The teams work in close collaboration with international experts to make sure that the projects are concrete, achievable and relevant to the SDGs, whether at a local, regional or global level. Other stakeholders may contribute, from both the public and private sectors, civil society and academia.

Coaching

The O17 coaching runs over a six weeks period, and consists of 6 online sessions of 2h each, featuring:
  • Expert presentations
  • Team presentations
  • Mentor coaching
  • Peer-to-peer feedback
Between sessions the teams complete homework and may have one-on-one coaching calls. The goal of the coaching is to provide participants with CONTEXT about the challenge and existing TOOLS necessary to transform good ideas into viable projects.