May 4, 2017

Innovation: The Catalyst for Advancing the #GlobalGoals

Written by Hunter Isgrig, Digital Campaign Producer, Crowd 360

Crowd 360 recently launched #GlobalGoals, Local Strength, a new campaign focused on sharing stories, reports and conversations related to the Sustainable Development Goals. #GlobalGoals, Local Strength seeks to build a digital community sharing ways to bring the Global Goals home. One way to do this is to identify stories and innovations being implemented at the local level which are driving progress towards achieving the Global Goals.

Doctors using tablet device

Photo: FHI 360

Crowd 360 recently launched #GlobalGoals, Local Strength, a new campaign focused on sharing stories, reports and conversations related to the Sustainable Development Goals. #GlobalGoals, Local Strength seeks to build a digital community sharing ways to bring the Global Goals home. One way to do this is to identify stories and innovations being implemented at the local level which are driving progress towards achieving the Global Goals.

Panel speakers

Opening Panel – From left to right: Ted Fitzgerald, Director, Global Research Services at FHI 360; Robert Hallford, Associate Director, New Ventures, Duke University Office of Licensing & Ventures; Laneta Dorflinger, Distinguished Scientist, and Director, Contraceptive Technology Innovation, FHI 360. Photo: Katherine Wise/FHI360

A few examples of local innovations were shared at the Connecting the Global to Local for Innovations in Health and Life Science event in Durham, N.C., on April 25th. Hosted by the FHI Foundation, LaunchBio and the Triangle Global Health Consortium, panels of experts and entrepreneurs discussed how they are innovating at the local level while achieving progress towards global impact.

“The only way we will reduce the burden of cervical cancer in developing countries is by creating simple devices at an affordable price that can be deployed in areas with limited resources”- Jose Jeronimo, senior advisor for women’s cancers, PATH
(Read the full story.)

Additionally, April 27th and 28th marked the Sixth Annual Switchpoint Conference (#Switchpoint) in Saxapahaw, N.C. The Switchpoint conference focuses on the nexus of humanitarian innovation, global health and technology. Conference participants and presenters discussed the latest tools, ideas for and successes with taking different approaches towards solving complex problems.

The innovations mentioned directly address several Sustainable Development Goals and are having ascertainable impact at the local level, as well as around the world. If you wish to connect with more of the local innovations and conversations from Switchpoint, explore #SwitchPoint on Twitter!

Do you have a story that highlights how your work is addressing the global goals at the local level? Share them to the campaign hub and join a global community set to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

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