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Collaborating for Solvable Problems

Earlier this year, Babson was invited to participate in PYXERA’s Global Engagement Forum where leaders and influencers from private, public, and social sectors gathered with a goal of developing paths to action on three of the world’s most pressing “solvable problems” – social challenges for which there are known and tested solutions, even on a small scale. While the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a comprehensive vision for a sustainable future, their broad reach often leaves individuals, organizations, and governments questioning where they can begin to make an impact. The Forum focused on specific, solvable problems, within the context of the SDGs, and encouraged attendees to collaborate in new and different ways to help create enduring, systemic change.

The three solvable problems addressed during the Forum were:

Post-Harvest Loss: Improve nutrition security, enhance livelihoods along the agricultural value chain, and reduce negative environmental impacts by eliminating the loss of food between field and market.

Skills Gap: Prepare and productively employ youth at living wages with growth opportunities in environments of mutual respect.

Preventable and Treatable Disease: Reduce the personal, societal, and economic impact from three Non-Communicable Diseases—cervical cancer, diabetes (Type 2), and hypertension.

Following the Forum, we partnered with Cheryl Heller at the School of Visual Arts and Katie Levey at PYXERA Global to create a summary of the ideas, questions, and action items generated at the conference, with the goal of turning intention into action. This guide: “Collaborating For Solvable Problems: What’s Next? A Guide to Turn Intention into Action Following the Global Engagement Forum”, is designed to help put the ideas of the Forum into context, and help turn the excitement of the event into action toward the SDGs.

Whether you were able to attend the Forum or just have an interest in Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® or Social Design Methodology, we encourage you to download this tool for action and collaboration.