Innovation Sprint


Innovation Sprint

The Innovation Sprint brings together a cohort of 25 individuals from diverse sectors and disciplines who share a common passion for advancing progress on the SDGs.  

If the SDGs are not to be just ‘another set of goals’ we need to apply a new set of approaches to achieving them. The Innovation Sprint is about experimenting with these approaches.  The first Innovation Sprint Cohort is currently in the midst of a 6-month innovation process that will result in pilot-level solutions to SDG challenges.  The process will build new capacity in participants to think horizontally about the Agenda and use innovation methodologies. 

The Process


kick off workshop


September 5 & 6, 2017


User validation


Fall 2017


ideation workshop


November 2017


work plans & resources


Winter 2017

  • 2-Day Kick Off Workshop - The process began by building relationships among the individual participants and defining a common understanding of the sustainable development system.  The cohort explored leading innovation methodologies, assessed their individual narratives and biases, explored the state of sustainable development, and identified gaps that the Geneva community is well-positioned to address.  The output of this workshop was key questions that need to be explored with broader stakeholder communities, which will be used in the next "user research and validation" phase.  
    • Desired Outcome: An excited and united cohort that has a shared understanding of key gaps in the sustainable development system and Geneva's unique strengths for addressing them.
  • User Research and Validation - It is crucial that assumptions are checked at every stage of the process.  The cohort is now in the process of taking the outputs from the first workshop and is undergoing interviews with key stakeholder communities to get feedback on the gaps identified and test preliminary hypotheses.  The participants will take part in a check-in call to review preliminary findings.  
    • Desired Outcome: Reframed challenges based on the feedback from users and stakeholder communities
  • 1-Day Ideation Workshop - The cohort will reconvene in December with more information from the user research phase and move into an ideation phase focused on addressing the challenges as they have been defined and refined.  The cohort will undergo a blue-sky brainstorm and work to narrow in on quality ideas that could be taken forward to a pilot stage.
    • Desired Outcome: 4 solutions (i.e. policies, knowledge products, processes, technologies) that can be taken forward to a pilot stage for testing
  • Work and Resource Planning - Teams will refine ideas into implementation plans and define what resources are required to carry the ideas through to implementation.  Resource mobilization will be facilitated through the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem.  
    • Desired Outcome: Realistic go-forward plans for solutions and resources secured for implementation.  


The Themes

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