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Day-20 Exchanges with Learning Planet participants
4 mos ago

The final day of SDG Summer school and we have invited other summer schools who's been working on SDGs for one month as well from Sciencespo University, Paris, France who collaborated with CRI and Harvard Summer school, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Universite de Geneve, Université PSL, Paris, France and CRI and Maker's Asylum who was tackling and different SDGs throughout this one month by engaging today's generation who is going to be our future and its such a proud moment to see people from different part of world getting together and working for better world coming up with frugal innovation not just who hold science background but all of field.

Learning Planet assembly where there are not just students but researcher, businessman people from all different background who can share their opinions for SDGs and what SDG they want to work on through this day there will be panel discussion about where all the group will be distributed as their interest where they can use their skills to come with better ideas. and on the other hands, all the participants are displaying their prototypes and visitors have an opportunity to vote for the teams and give them feedback about their project. End of this very successful day, five teams are getting a learning Planet assembly awards for their very innovative and successful idea and making that vision true by convincing people it will be helpful for the future. To present this award to the participants We invited The Stefania Giannini assistant Director-General of Education of UNESCO to share their vision for SDGs and how they are working towards it and to share words of wisdom.

CEO of CRI Francois Taddei and Stefania Giannini assistant Director-General of Education of UNESCO presented Learning Planet Assembly Awards to the five winning teams From- CRI: YAWO and BougeBeta, Harvard Summer school: Pari(s) Compost, BonVoyage, Geneva Tsinghua Initiative: PeerEd, ArtYourLife, L’Université Paris-Sciences-et-Lettres Soap No Water.

We are closing our SDG Summer school with lots of innovation and ideas, meeting people who believe and share the same vision for this changing world and discussing over cheesy and wine under a rooftop of CRI, Paris, France.

Day 18-19 Fix it and Final it
4 mos ago

Tension is building since only two days are left for final showcase of the prototypes but before they start finalising their prototypes they have other activities too where they have to develop a short film of their project by explaining how they came up with such idea and what are they implying to achieve their prototype this is the place where they can use their activity for the future marketing is very import for any product and by developing and creative video which can help grow their business. to make sure and to give more knowledge about how to shot a video and student from CRI was presented there to guide them with it and helping with editing and how can use adobe software. Participants in the last two days took interviews asked peoples opinions for the SDGs they are working on and made a video and edited that and started uploading their documents with the description on their project and finalising the poster for the Last day.

Day- 17 SDGs and it's important
4 mos ago

We are continuing our day by asking our participants about their thoughts for SDGs and something that would like to tell this world because every voice is important. Cuxiyu is an engineering student from shanghai china her message for the world after working on food waste project. " I would like to share that not to waste food and donate to the needed one".

Pratyusha is an employee from Canada who strongly believes that do not take natural resources for granted. " I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rest is individual consumers".

Raghul who comes from India thinks that "If you want your voice to be heard you will need to speak out loud. Use your platform and be concern for one another".

Day 16 Tell us about changing world
4 mos ago

Another day another mission, mission to keep ourselves motivated with good messages which can help us grow better and motivated to do something for our mother earth and best people ask is our participants who are working on this from last 3 weeks. Paul is a student in podologist he believes that " We are a small part of this big world. if we all get together and cope up with another we can make impossible possible. SDG is a small part of it to start with where you can meet people who share the same mindsets as you but on a bigger scale with a need to be more considering with changes around us and better start acting on it all together".

Sherya is an engineering student from India her point of view is " We need to create awareness for SDGs it's important for individuals to change themselves to make an impact in society".

Mohammad is an engineering student from Morocco studying in France. "Change in your daily life bases you should be more concerned about the impact model than the business model.

Day-15 Pass your wisdom
4 mos ago

Today we are starting our day by asking participants their thoughts for SDG and something they would like to share with the world regarding a drastic change in the world. John is an engineering student in Paris, France he belives that "Instead of telling people just take step and step by step we can help the world to make it better". and by summer school like this who works on SDG and where we get access to work on SDGs and opportunity to build something which can help the world without harming the environment".

Hugo is an engineering student in Paris, France who thinks that " everybody should have interest in SDGs anyone can be part of this you do not require skills and do not need to build anything you can just start by saving water and reducing waste".

Jonathan who is studying a podologist in Paris, France would like spared message that " Things take time even though it takes summer school like this to make it possible and if we want to see change then we have to keep one thing in our mind and should remind ourselves that we are in emergency so we can not wait. we need to start act towards our better future and for our upcoming generations".

Day-14 Why SDG?
3 mos ago

As we are walking towards the end of our SDG summer school let's ask participants what are their views towards SDG and how will they continue working on SDG in future how will they envolve in their daily lives.
Alex is an Intern in Makers lab and participant who is working for diabetes people and making a product which can be useable for them in their daily routine to tackle with diabetes. Alex - "Believes that SDG is a great place where you get a chance to do something for changing the world".

Emily who is a medical student building an application with her group for people who might go through anxiety. she believes " we need to integrate SDG in our regular life and our actions for mental health and to think about the environment around us more widely".

Mingchun is a designing student from China who is a participant in SDG Summer also who is design an application for mental health. She believes " SDG should not just concern governments but also to the citizen and they should involve it in their daily lives for water construction who need to come up with a way for how way can reduce waste and how we can help our earth".

Day-13 Mentor are on work
4 mos ago

Today mentors are on work with participants guiding them with their prototype as days are flying and in no time, it will be a day of presentation and so the pressure is building and therefore, every one advancing on the projects and trying to reach towards the borderline by taking help and advice of the mentors for 3D Printing, application making, How to use Muvino software and making designs in illustrator and some of arranging workshop for others.

Day- 12 The fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
4 mos ago

We are starting our day by giving a brief for today and, afternoon spending on advancing our prototypes very much hair-pulling work.

In the evening we schedule a workshop on business and the impact of it for the future project because to out your product out in the market you required knowledge of marketing strategies and for that Richa Shrivastava who is a partner with Maker's Asylum is sharing her knowledge and experience in the business. Participants certainly are taking a lot of knowledge from here from different field which can help them to grow their future vision. We are ending for Day 12 with reviewing what participants have able to achieve from their to-do list and what help they will require for the upcoming days.

Day-11 : let's IMPACT the projects
4 mos ago

A new day, new place. We are at the CRI with our participants for the next 10 days. We will continue to work towards SDGs by maturating the projects and prototypes in each group. The day starts by reviewing the jury's feedbacks of the presentation day : each group details the feedbacks they received and explains their vision of the two upcoming weeks, giving the main feature they want to work on and defending their project. What they have researched and achieved in the two previous week will have to prove the relevancy of their problem statement. It will also need to prefigure a strong yet feasible project, or else they will have to split and integrate another team. This does not mean that they have failed, it only shows that it is important to be able to accept failure and adapt to new challenges.

And, even if some participants have a hard time choosing the teams they will go to for the IMPACT part, they welcome the change and starts working and brainstorming right ahead, to put everyone on the same page and be ready by the afternoon to prototype and innovate.

Daniel introduces the house rules of the MakerLab, giving a refreshingly and much needed inspiring session, to the new users of the CRI makerspace.We feel a new vibe in the air, projects are in deeper definition, and by the end of the day everyone is deep in their project. But the day doesn't end here, we spend the evening with the Harward Summer School, who also works on SDG related issues. Through games and discussion we get to know each other and the evening is rich in exchanging new ideas. Each summer school present their goals and the SDG they are tackling. We then shared well deserved food and drink after a first day of IMPACT.

Day-10 : Present your prototypes
4 mos ago

Step 1 : here is the last time for preparation, booths, posters and prototypes are being finalized for the final STEAM exhibition. In only one hour, every team settled in the main corridor of Carrefour Numérique², ready to welcome guests, public and the jury. 11am, visitors come to see the showcase. Each team explains how their prototype works, and the main idea behind it. Many interesting question where rised : where do you see this project is going ? how do you, team, are going to work on this ? why are you working on this particular project ? All the visitors were curious, they had interesting questions and opinions because they had a concrete proposition of the projects. Advises and remarks of the visitors gave to the participants a new impulse for the development of their projects for the IMPACT part.

1pm, everyone is invited to enjoy a spicy indian meal.

2pm is the final presentation of the STEAM part. First each team presents his project in four minutes. Mentors and collegues have three criterias to give scores and advises :

  • they score each project on : the prototype quality, the impact of the project and the documentation quality,
  • they say what they like about the project,
  • they advise on what need to be improved for the IMPACT part. Richa and Vaibhav introduce then the jury and their backgrounds, giving them the stage to say a few words to the participants, congratulating the teams for the quality outcome of their work. Frederic Vacher - Head of Innovation, 3D Experience Lab, Dassault Systemes presents the documentation solution they have been proposing, awarding the two best users of Dassault Systems participants with a special gift. Darja Ritcher - Design Senior Professor, Enamoma by PSL felicitates the partipants, reminding them to keep in mind the beauty of every product they design. Misha Rao - Founder, Haus of Fintech shares her astonishement on the quality of the projects design. She is proud of the teams and their production, wishing them a good evolution after the school. Michele Dard - Chargée de mission Développement, Enamoma by PSL, Michel Pavageau - Director IMT, Pierre Ricono - Head of Universcience Fablab, Philippe Monin - Academic Dean, emlyon Business School, Pauline Laravoire - Founder, YEast all the jury shared their view towards SDGs. And finally, Gaell Mainguy- Director of CRI closes the speaches with the open-minding philosophical motivation to keep going and diving into collective learning experiences. STEAM School finishes with a nice event "au bord de la Seine" with beers, soft drinks and chips together.
Day-9 More team more work
4 mos ago

As the day to present the prototypes is around the corner and tension is all over the place and let's see how other teams are holding up and how motivated are they and how ready is their prototype. We got one team who is working on water composition. Very strong and motivated team after a bumpy ride these team of two is building a prototype where you can measure how much water you are consuming and where you are wasting more water. which will be very useful in the nearer future. Another team is willing to educate children and making them learn different language especially for the people who get to go to school, where there is a lack of education. they are building a prototype which doesn't require any new technology to learn this just smart minds.

Day- 8 Team work
4 mos ago

Today we are here with a group who is working on education and mental health awareness. let's see what they are working on for SDG Project. Team-3 is building a very interesting application for students and teachers which can help to provide quality education but in fun way, they took this project and making a fun puzzle for education because they feel like they didn't get to study where they could study while learning cool games and therefore they are building an application where teacher and students will get to play a game and will gain a knowledge about agricultural value in France which is very important to drag today's generation attention. This application is being made for the age group of 12-15.

Team- 4 is also here building an application to an aware young generation who is going through a teenage life crisis age group who can't share their thoughts with parents or friends so basically it's a portal for like-minded people to come together and not feel stigmatized or lonely and especially to raise a silenced voice of teenager generation by gathering people of this age group who can share music, play games, and if they feel triggered they can also take professional advice from this portal .

Day-7 Team work
3 mos ago

As participants are geared up with their ideas and came up with what they want to build and how they will make this world keeps moving sustainably. Let's go and hear their ideas for SDG and role they will play and message they want to pass on to this world. We got Indi-french team who is working on healthcare. These people are the age group of 15 to 18 and who is concerned for the world. This is what we want from today generation a little concern for world and spirit to make it better. They developing a game for the young generation targeting people of age group 18-27 and came with the idea of how to make them move on a regular basis with boredom. their message behind this game and this project are "fitness doesn't have to be boredom. it can be fun". We got another team who is working on upcycling and they took this project in their hand where they want to make people aware and pass a message that to "reduce the raw material production a reusing existing material is better choice, to encourage DIY enthusiastic people to use waste material, rather than producing fresh material by developing website where you can reproduce your waste".

Day-6 Lego4Scrum
3 mos ago

As time is flying we are starting our day by calling our early birds at 9:30 so that they can start working on their ideas and projects and did a short brief morning about today's agenda. Today mentors of SDG School got a chance to build something under Deeptech who came up with a Lego game the lesson behind this game to understand the importance of your client for whom you are building your project to know your audience, better communication with your team, understanding, and most important to be a good listener as well Which is very important when you are building for your citizen and working towards environment.

On the other side, participants are brainstorming for their SDG project what they will build during this summer school and after a good hour of group discussion, it was time for them to present whatever ideas they came up with and present that in 2 minutes to get other peoples opinions as well.

After a Lunch break now all the participants got a chance to play a lego game which Deeptech came with. which they will get to play under their mentor who already knows the rules now they have to build a city for their mentor as per his requirements and needs his approval to go ahead which is a good exercise to build project so, participants got distributed in 4 teams and now it was time to build the city for their mayor as per his requirement and they will get a points according to the structure. In the end, it was a big lesson some teams failed with communication so some with understanding the game which was the reason behind bring this game to this summer school before they start working on their project communication, understanding, teamwork, understanding the requirements for the project. In the end. it was a great success everyone learnt a good lesson and got to play a little with lego at the same time.

Day- 5 Field Visits
3 mos ago

We are starting our day by visiting Mairie du 10e arrondissement de Paris of The Residence of Water.

The Residence of Water is a program of a space that has been transformed into a shared work space and arranged in circular economy in the premises of The Town Hall. It is intended for organizations or citizens wishing to develop collective projects around major water issues. It will connect public and private actors to solve the local problem in favor of these issues and will provide residents with free and personalized training with experts in their field. We went there with our one group who is working on SDG water resistance to give them an idea about the current situations. Participants discussed their ideas and plans with them. It was a very successful trip. It helped participants to get more depth of knowledge in that field.

The Residence of Water is a program of a space that has been transformed into a shared work space and arranged in circular economy in the premises of The Town Hall. It is intended for organizations or citizens wishing to develop collective projects around major water issues. It will connect public and private actors to solve the local problem in favor of these issues and will provide residents with free and personalized training with experts in their field.

In the afternoon visit at UNESCO to discuss their role in SDG and to get a wider view about it. We got a chance to talk with people who are working on Quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean, Make cities and human settlements inclusive,safe resilient and sustainable, Natural Sciences, Communication and Information, Culture for Sustainable Development. Every team got 20 minutes to discuss it. The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a significant step forward in the recognition of the contribution of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to sustainable development. UNESCO is part of the United Nations Task Team leading the global Technology Facilitation Mechanism, launched on 26 September in order to support the Sustainable Development Goals by enhancing North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms.

Throughout its 70 years of history, UNESCO has been a true facilitator of such cooperation, via its networks and centres, especially the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) (link is external) and the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (link is external), which have been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world and respond to the needs of young scientists in countries that are lagging in science and technology.

Through its natural science programmes, UNESCO contributes to the overall implementation of Sustainable Development Goals by providing policy assistance to support developing countries in strengthening their scientific and technological capacity, and to help Member States design effective policies, based on the best available knowledge, including local and indigenous knowledge systems. The social dimensions of the 2030 Agenda and the targets on social inclusion, the eradication of extreme poverty, the reduction of inequalities, inclusive policies for cities, as well as inclusive and participatory decision-making, resonate with UNESCO’s mandate to support Member States in managing contemporary social transformations. Intercultural dialogue is essential to understanding contemporary social transformations and to ensuring peaceful societies. The achievement of the SDGs and the African Union Agenda 2063 will depend on researchers and policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders having access to and being able to share pertinent and accurate information about the societies and communities targeted by their actions, as well as a coherent intellectual framework in which to proceed.

Alongside Member States’ engagement in the production of knowledge, the effective use of research through a strengthened research-policy nexus can improve evidence-informed public policy, guided by universal values and principles based on human rights and ethical principles; enhance public services and raise the level of public debates. The integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs requires greater policy coherence at the national, regional and international levels that can be obtained through stronger links between social science research and public policy-making.

The work of UNESCO’s Social and Human Science Programme, focusing on policy advice and capacity-building, makes a direct contribution to supporting Member States in the achievement of three Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” (targets 16.6 and 16.7); SDG 10 “Reduce inequality within and among countries” (targets 10.2, 10.3 and 10.7); and SDG 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” (target 11.3).

It also provides indirect contributions to supporting Member States in the implementation of three other SDGs and a number of associated targets: SDG 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning education for all” (target 4.7); SDG 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; and SDG 13 “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. The Programme will also contribute to supporting Member States in the achievement of SDG 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” UNESCO is monitoring global progress towards specific Sustainable Development Goals through the UNESCO Science Report (SDG9), Global Ocean Science Report (SDG14) and the United Nations World Water Development Report (SDG6).

Its World Water Assessment Programme, in addition to the production of annual World Water Development Report series, co-ordinated the development of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on behalf of UN-Water, while its International Hydrological Programme is co-custodian for indicator 6.5.2 on transboundary water Cooperation, together with UNECE.

UNESCO plays a vital role in constructing a global culture of resilient communities. Through its multidisciplinary mandate in education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication, it is in a unique position to address climate change holistically. In order to help societies around the world to better understand, mitigate and adapt to global change, over 30 programmes contribute to creating knowledge and raising awareness of climate change, associated risks and ethical implications. UNESCO also helps countries to build their capacities in managing disaster and climate risk and with their ability to cope with disasters, especially geohazards, tsunamis and water-related disasters.

Water security is the focus of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), devoted to water research, water resources management, education and capacity building. IHP contributes to ensuring availability and sustainable management of water, which is closely linked to human health and well-being. Sustainable water management contributes to food security by solving issues at the nexus of water with food and agriculture. Today, most of the people lacking access to clean water and basic sanitation live in cities in developing countries, where IHP promotes new approached to manage increasingly scarce resources that are under pressure from climate change and population growth.

Education is a human right and a force for sustainable development and peace. Every goal in the 2030 Agenda requires education to empower people with the knowledge, skills and values to live in dignity, build their lives and contribute to their societies.

Today, more than 262 million children and youth are out of school. Six out of ten are not acquiring basic literacy and numeracy after several years in school. 750 million adults are illiterate, fueling poverty and marginalization.

Ambitions for education are essentially captured in Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) of the 2030 Agenda which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. The roadmap to achieve the education goal, adopted in November 2015, provides guidance to governments and partners on how to turn commitments into action (Education 2030 Framework for Action). UNESCO is responsible for coordinating the international community to achieve this goal through partnerships, policy guidance, capacity development, monitoring and advocacy.

After a long discussion, we did UNESCO tour in which we got the exposer of UNESCO's camps and history behind the structure and buildings.

And after a long day, we visited Eiffel tower and did little picnic under a shadow of the iconic tower of Paris.

Day-3 and 4 Collect Skills
4 mos ago

Day 3 and 4 is all about learning new skills. In order to learn that Researchers from CRI Lab stopped by and share their knowledge with all the participants by giving them Workshops on SDG Goals Participants chose workshop as per their interests so that they can get a direction for how to develop their SDG project. And therefore, Lots of Workshops are lined on day 3- from Arduino, GMO Detector, AMR, Bio-sensors, Virtual reality (VR), Game Design & Serious Games, Video production.

Arduino Workshop by Thierry DASSE- held to understand use the Arduino programming language, (based on Wiring), and the Arduino Software (IDE), based on Processing. And how Segmenting code into functions allows a programmer to create modular pieces of code that perform a defined task and then return to the area of code from which the function was "called". The typical case for creating a function is when one needs to perform the same action multiple times in a program.

GMO Detector by Guy Aidelberg- participants who want to work on Urban farming and need data about GMO Detector in order to produce their project they attended this workshop to understand How to use a GMO detector? How to improve it? how to adapt it to other uses of GMO detectives.

AMR(antimicrobial resistance ) by Nidhiben PATEL and Raphael- to bring awareness about antimicrobial resistance which hasn't catch global citizens attention and not aware of the impact of the antibiotic and to make them aware and to make that more out in public. This workshop will include a Gaming Activity where the participants play a couple of AMR games and perform a systematic evaluation. They will also participate in a survey on AMR before and after the gaming activity. The participants learn how serious scientific games can be designed for citizen engagement and education. They will be given hands-on training of Unity3D."

Bio-sensors Workshop by Marc Santolini- In this workshop participants who want to bring awareness in mental health and how Bio-sensors play its part to do that. They learn about Frugal solutions for measuring stress/hormone levels for quantifying and improving personal well-being. For example, heart rate variability measurement using smartphone flashlight, or paper-based hormone detection with smartphone quantification of the paper colour.

Virtual reality (VR) Workshop by Wunna and Francois Remy- This workshop is held to know the Virtual world and how it plays its part in SDG.

Game Design & Serious Games by Philippe Bertrand - The workshop will include a Gaming Activity where the participants play a couple of AMR games and perform a systematic evaluation. They will also participate in a survey on AMR before and after the gaming activity. The participants will learn how serious scientific games can be designed for citizen engagement and education. They will be given hands-on training of Unity3D.

Video Production Workshop by Pleen and Fatima - This Workshop can help participants to document their project during this workshop participated produce a short film with their mentor they split in the team and make short storytelling video.

Day 4 Workshops are on CAD modelling (Max 20), Unity3D, Laser Cutting, 3D printing, Movuino, Shaper CNC.

CAD modelling (Max 20) by Dassault - in that, they will get knowledge of how to make your own 3D models using CAD software. A great tool to design products, and, get to play with Digital Fabrication tools.

Unity3D by Raphael- The workshop includes a Gaming Activity where the participants play a couple of AMR games and perform a systematic evaluation. They will also participate in a survey on AMR before and after the gaming activity. The participants will learn how serious scientific games can be designed for citizen engagement and education. They will be given hands-on training of Unity3D."

Laser Cutting by David Forgeron and Isabelle Chabanon-Pouget- Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The [laser optics] and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated. A commercial laser for cutting materials involved a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut into the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns vaporize away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials and to understand this entire process and tools which can help who wants to use laser cutting for their SDG project.

3D printing by Thibaud Menanteau- 3D Printing's parts exist since early 1981 but it launched in the market around 2000. To know how to do CAD coding to make 3D Printing and from history to its future and how to use for SDG.

Movuino by Adrien Husson- It's a low cost Open-Hardware wireless sensor board+online Machine learning platform for citizen research on the motion.

Shaper CNC Florian- Shaper is a human-involved robotics company focused on making precision cutting easy and accessible. it's a newly launched machine which is currently just available in united states and Canada but to introduce this machine representative from sharper visited and show an example how to use this machine and how can use this make their design.

Day-2 Ideation day
5 mos ago

Day 2 of the SDG School and the day was full of proposition and ideas. The seven newly formed teams were hard at work to tackle SDG's and find pertinent problem statement, from how to address mental health issues to innovative ways to manage water and electrical waste. After a day off energised and heated exchanges, the teams are ready to jump into prototyping and tinkering to bring their ideas to life.

In the morning Dassault company kindly came and introduce their database system and how participants can use this system during building SDG project within teams. !

After Lunch Break, Vaibhav from Maker's asylum gave a presentation how they can develop an idea and what needs to be done and also the error which has been made in past while developing sustainable lifestyle so that it can't be repeated again and to understand that to build something error can happen and only after that you can get success and it's okay to fail and it's better to fail quickly so one can move towards success and after that overwhelming presentation, it was a time to work with their team to develop an idea and lots of brainstorming and lots of arguments, debates and confusions. Mentors helped with them for creating a mood board and to get a vision and relaxed environment and end our second day by feedbacks.

SDG school is launched !
5 mos ago

Here we are at Cité des Sciences, the first day of SDG School whose creators - CRI Paris ans Maker's Asylum - are mergine the S.T.E.A.M. School of Mumbai with the CRI Labs Summer School of Paris.

Participants are coming from different parts of the world and hold a very different occupation in their daily life. They are gathered here because they all believe in contributing awareness to the global citizens and sustainable lifestyle for upcoming generations, therefore they are strongly willing to find solutions without harming the environment.

Vaibhav Chhabra the founder of Maker's asylum, Richa Shrivastava the managing partner of Maker's Asylum and Gaëll Mainguy the director of development & international relations in CRI give a welcoming introductive talk, revealing how important is the mission of all the participants, the change makers of today and tomorrow.

Amodsen Chotia the CRI Labs director, shared his joy to welcome the participants promotion and shared the pedagogical vision of the SDG School, presenting research and pedagogies developed for years in CRI and Maker's Asylum to achieve this program's goal.

Tudor Tarlev the CEO of onesevenX, introduced the SDG program, he will be here every morning and every evening of the SDG School, propulsing the morning and evening community dynamic.

Pierre Ricono the head of campus tech department of Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie presents Cité des Sciences where the first part of SDG School is hosted, with its house rules.

After this welcoming presentations, the first day continues with the presentation of the 5 SDG goals chosen for this program, for which the participants will work to build a project.

Navi Radjou, prolific writer recently presenting in a Ted Talk, plays a big part in SDG goal. Navi Radjou strongly believes that “frugal innovation,” inspired by companies in emerging markets such as India and China, is gradually being adopted in Western economies, and that it "promises to become a unifying element in North-South cooperation in an increasingly interconnected global economy".

Léo Houdebine the scientific communication manager in CRI introduces the mentors and experts invited enlight every participant on the major challenges of sustainability we are confronted, specifically in Paris.

Pauline Martinot medecine intern in the Ministère des Solidarités en Santé and Karine Lévy-Heidmann the managing partner of MakeSense present the challenges related to Health and Well-being (SDG 3), especially in urbanized cities.

Ange Ansour the director of Savanturiers in CRI and Sophie Pène the director of the EdTech Master in CRI present togather the challenges we are facing in education (SDG 4).

Martin Seidl, teacher-researcher at ENPC, presented the challenges regarding clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) and the impact on urbanisation reflection with water infiltation matters in the City.

Elliot Lepers, designer in politics, presented the local and global issues of the cities development, tackling challenges for sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11).

Finally, to bring challenges into concrete feasable projects, Nidhiben Patel and Pau Fabregat Pappaterra present use case, developed project and research projects for climate change on Antimicrobial resistance, quality of education and Refugee's health.

After lots of presentation finally, participants and experts got time off for lunch and get to know each other more.

Since an intense morning with lots of information to lighten them up and to introduce each other, we did an exercise where they have to talk about themselves where they come from with the listener unable to ear, having to understand by the motion of the lips. We make all participants face each other saying nothing and just sharing the silent for 2 minutes and their positivity to another person. Lastly we told them to choose a partner and to draw their sketch without looking while introducing themselves. To end this exercise we made two teams of big group and give them a big sheet of paper so that they write down the reason of their presence, the changes they want to bring, what they want to learn, the kind of skills they have to teach to their team members. Everyone having a similarity with the speaker joins him with a line !

Now arrives the choice of the topic they want to work on for the next 27 days, the change they want to bring to this world and who their teammates will be. We let participants choose their topic and brainstorm for a problem, not to find a solution but to be actually aware of the problem and dive deep into the issue.

We end our first day by introducing our alumni students and their experience with SDG School, what project they worked on last year with SDG and how impact full it was for the global citizens.

Photo Credit - Disha Patel