Summa & Friends


Ep #12: Why Collaboration is Key to Achieving the 17 SDGs

Collaboration is key to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says John W McArthur, co-founder and co-chair of 17 Rooms, an innovative method for advancing helping people take the Sustainable Development Goals into their own hands, driving action through cooperation at all scales of community. 

Right now, says John, while positive progress is being made on some of the SDGs, elsewhere others are going sideways, and some are even going backwards. 

“The only way to make them go positive is to get all the stakeholders together into the same room and discuss the theory of change, how to get there, and how we collaborate to get there.”

To learn more about the 17 Rooms initiative, a partnership between the Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings and The Rockefeller Foundation, or to find out how you can get involved, don’t miss John, Reynir and Vesna on this episode of Summa & Friends. 

On today’s podcast:

  • The basic essence of 17 Rooms
  • Why businesses should lean in and lead on SDGs
  • How to end extreme poverty
  • Why the world needs trust and hope right now

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