Millennials are ready to change the world. And we’re helping.
When the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 a set of massive challenges was laid down to the world (including ending poverty, reaching zero hunger and tackling inequality).
Together, they could not be more important. But how on Earth can they be achieved?
Enter UNLEASH – a nine-day event billed as the “world’s largest innovation lab” that is bringing the problem-solving creativity of some of the world’s most brilliant young people to bear on the kid of complex issues that may once have seemed intractable.
And ThinkPlace is thrilled to be part of a group of world-leading organisations helping to facilitate this unique event.
UNLEASH is a global initiative that brings together 1000 millennial “talents” (entreprenuers, intraprenuers, academics, tech experts and more) each year to come up with new ideas and methods aimed at helping to realise the Sustainable Development Goals.
The first such event was held last year in Denmark. This year’s is taking place in Singapore – where ThinkPlace has deep roots, including a permanent design studio that is a key part of our global network.
Participants are drawn from across 108 nations and most are aged between 18 and 25. They represent a demographic (Millennials) often derided as self-obsessed, captured by a culture of Instagram and selfies. But the stereotype of self-absorbed digital natives has been blown away by the participants at this event.
Brilliant, socially-engaged and highly motivated minds are everywhere, ThinkPlace New Zealand’s Jim Scully says.
“At the airport, even before I got here – I met an innovative young Chinese guy who has started up several tech companies, an Israeli guy who is developing taliored pro-biotics, a creative Dutch woman who is developing wearable technology clothing, and a wonderful person from Google advancing our understanding of ageing amongst other topics .”