Knowledge Week 2019: Business and the SDGs

Mar 29, 2019

SDG.jpgOne of our signature course, Knowledge Week 2019 - an idea browser, capturing insights on the future of business that students gained during Global Network Week and other learning and travel opportunities.

Day 1 featured virtual sessions by speakers from Global Network for Advanced Management partner schools covering 4 continents and many time zones: a behind-the-scenes look at this year's Global Network Survey on the SDGs, followed by a "case anthology" of business action initiatives that are advancing the Goals for the benefit of people and the planet.KW1.jpg

Big thanks to all our Global Network speakers! It was truly fabulous to have you join our classroom:
Todd Cort, Yale School of Management, USA
Sebastian Gatica, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Murali Chandrashekaran, UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada
Rofikoh Rokhim, Universitas Indonesia
Felipe Calderon, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
Kutlwano Ramoboa, University of Capetown, South Africa
A. Damodaran, IIM Bangalore, India
Ijeoma Nwagwu, Lagos Business School, Nigeria

KW - 1.jpgDay 2 started with a session led by Japanese start-up @imacocollabo that equipped students with a deeper understanding of the SDGs by having them experience the "real" world of 2030 via a simulation game, furthermore, this simulation-game aims to make participants more aware of what's happening in the world and that this reflection is incorporated into their future activities.

We would like to express our gratitude to Takeo Inamura and Takeshi Muranaka Co-founders, Imacocollabo, for sharing their experience on how they integrated the SDGs into a successful social enterprise; and to Skip Swanson, for facilitating the simulation and for interpreting the session.KW - 3.jpg

On the final day of KW, students watched the film "True Cost", which takes a hard look at the global garment industry and asks broader questions for the responsible conduct of global business. Lively class discussion of the issues raised by the film was followed in the afternoon with a World Cafe* that asked students what they saw as the biggest opportunities for business, and for themselves as leaders and managers, to take forward the SDGs.

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