How to apply and achieve the 17 SDGs in a world where the evolution of technology is exponential and where nearly all social and economic models are disrupted?

Raymond Morel, Philip Koenig, Mohamed Balghouthi from IFIP, G4, Social IN3

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Session 318

14:30–16:15, Monday, 19 March 2018 Room M, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Summary Document  Documents  Related Links 

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The key prerequisites, the tools and methodologies, structures and cultures

Overview: The 4th Industrial Revolution with digital technologies provide incredible opportunities for economic prosperity, equity & educationnal growth, but also break the status quo.

The way to produce and to exchange goods & services in the immaterial world, the supply chain, the value chain and all associated ecosystem, Education and knowledge diffusion are changing, forever.
We have to face it : to make the Change become an opportunity, not a critical threat to our infrastructure and life.

Among the prerequesites to succeed on digital transformations and for mitigating the schocks of disruptions, while implementing the 17 SDGs, our current priorities are focused on :

-        Education 21

-        HDRR (Human Digital Rights & Responsibilities)

-        Promoting systemic approacheS in term of methodologieS

-        Experimenting Living Labs (Cities, Regions, CountrieS / ContinentS, EntrepriseS, OrganisationS,…)

-        To be conscious of some wrong existing hypothesis to adjust and / or to change

-        To propose as output of this workshop concrete wayS to put in action the SDGs

Exponential times requires Exponential thinking to resolve complex issues. The Living Labs are the places where complex issues can be resolved, quickly.

With the speed of change the risks growths dramatically, and it becomes mandatory for everyone, stakeholders, organisations, corporations and educational institutions, governement, business actors (union and employees) to do everything they can to reduce and contain risks with more trust & transparency.
We will examine how technologieS can reduce and take in account some ethical issues and help to the realisation of the 17 SDGs, with full traceablitiy.

The speakers and the audience will consider how to guaranted Human Digital Rights & Responsiblities, and how to develop strategies of sharing & updating knowledge & know-how for everyone in an exponential world.

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The team G4 : Philip Koenig - Mohamed Balghouthi - Raymond Morel - Bob Bishop - Peter Major cf. More infos on speakers and organizers link to come


The speakers agreeing to contribute are:

·       Professor Jacques Dubochet, University of Lausanne, Nobel Prize 2017 in Chemistry with the title “We are good at producing knowledge, not so at using it for the common good of humanity. Can we do it better?”

·       Ms Juan LIU-DONG (Spécialiste des Achats Durables, Gérante d'un fonds d'investissement franco-chinois, Coach d'étudiants de Master2)

·       Mr Dirk HELBING : Professeur de Sociologie et d'Informatique à l'ETHZ 
--> "Thinking Ahead : Essays on Big Data, Digital Revolution,..."
--> "The Automation of Society is Next : How to survive the Digital Revolution"

·       Mr Andrea BASSI : Extraordinary Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University
--> "Tackling Complexity : A Systemic Approach for Decision Makers" / Préface de Klaus Schwab (WEF) et de Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever, Chairman of the WBCSD)

cf. .docx


Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Gov logo C7. ICT Applications: E-government
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • AL C7 e-Hea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • AL C7 e-Emp logo C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
  • AL C7 e-Env logo C7. ICT Applications: E-environment
  • AL C7 e-Agr logo C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
  • AL C7 e-Sci logo C7. ICT Applications: E-science
  • AL C8 logo C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • AL C9 logo C9. Media
  • AL C10 logo C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

ICT application - E - everything

Thanks to systemic ICT tools developed by ICES foundation, we can help and support city / regions to reduce transition costs by 40 % , compared to the current "silo" approach, as they foster a true systemic approach. This approach allows to

  1. link intertwined social, environmental, economical information and demonstrate inter-dependencies, to create emergence and new new solutions
  2. make better faster wiser decisions, across the private, public sectors and organisations, in favor of a regenerative common greater good and UN's 6 Ps - people, planet profit peace partnerships prosperity
  3. fully supports and optimizes Global Goal no 17 - renewed governance and partnerships 
  4.  facilitates a multicapitalism - see Multicapital Score Cards , and Reporting 3.0 -  a needed "people, planet profits" accounting, reporting, auditing, and valuation system

The tool is being tested in various city regions and continents . Details are on

Furthermore, our speakers support "how" to optimize the positive potentials of AI, Human Digital Rights and Responsibilities, Ethics, Sociological trends.

All other WSIS - ICT Topics

We are convinced that Sciences and Scientists have knowledge that is underutilised and suboptimized; the gap is widening  between the global  current latest scientific knowledge available  - the post conventional world - and what societal players use as decision tools, systems, methods, metrics and processes - the conventional world.

In order to leverage further and accelerate the integration of that post conventional knowledge, we propose to go all the way with systemic approaches: 

  1. people: detect, nourish and value systemic thinkers and actors, creative leaders, "butterflies";
  2. organisations & culture : provide safe trusting spaces  - living labs as defined by MIT - to foster co-creation and emergence via collective intelligence between systemic thinkers & actors of all societal actors.
  3.  systems: see ICES foundation's proposal for systemic ICT systems 
  4. societal governance: see Andrea Bassi's and Gilbert Probst's proposal for a systemic governance and corresponding processes in "Tackling Complexity - a Systemic Approach for Decision Makers"  

These living labs should have complementary missions: 1. do the "design thinking" of disruptive win / win solutions via transdisciplinarity and looking at the 17 Global Goals as the whole and the parts of a one puzzle. 2. align and animate public, private, civil society organisations on Global goals 17   3. test, pilote, validate on small scales before preparing and coordinating large scale replications, with the conventional world.

A good definition of behaviors, attitudes, decision processes and success criteria, values, worldviews of systemic thinkers and actors can be deduced from various scientific theories and knowledge available: 

1. from psychiatrist and creative leader Gottlieb Guntern in his book : " In the Sign of the Butterfly"  - see details 

2. from the theory of diffusion of innovation - see Wikipedia

3. from human development and evolution of civilisation spiral dynamics - see Don Beck and Clare Graves

4. from current engagement of employees in public and private sectors via Gallup and their engagement studies

5. creativity and innovation Management 3.0 

This would drive a significant 21st century evolution in leadership, HR,  organisational purposes, cultures and societal responsibilities, all indispensable prerequisites for the success of WSIS Action lines and the Agenda 2030 / SDGs / NDCs. 

Complementary worldviews, mindsets, cultures, organizations, missions are required to synchronize effectively design thinking, development and execution. 



Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production logo Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Life below water logo Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15: Life on land logo Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

these are our G4 proposals supported by speakers contributions and convictions, to accelerate the SDGs underlying transitions, via the Agenda 2030  process and NDCs metrics.   

G4 as Global Goals for Greater Good

globally : we could leverage 

1.  Actualized sciences and technology of 21st century. In particular we need to integrate faster latest knowledge in human sciences, neurocogitivism, epigenetics, STEM, NBIC. This should be done into education, public and private organizations, that have the mission to design, develop and execute the societal transitions and social, environmental and economical transformations required to reach SDGs / NDCs via Agenda 2030.  This  societal integration can be enhanced by wisdom of Great Traditions and First Nations, to have more integral and holistic , meta perspectives. 
All our speakers support this potential and are engaged to open up these opportunities globally and locally.  This is what Jacques Dubochet and Dirk Helbing will adress in particular ! 

2. Theory of diffusion of innovation, applied to city / regions: in order to become regenerative by 2030 via the Agenda 2030 process, we would need about 7000 city regions to engage effectively into the societal SDGs / NDCs transitions by 2020. To have an effective & efficient diffusion process, we would need many voluntary city regions : about 20 lighthouses representing all continents and different socio-economic realities, and 200 pioneers city regions that will be exemplary and validate options for the greater good.  See theory of diffusion of innovation
States using federal principles, the 17 “not at war” countries, and the 5 Small States are well positioned countries to work with Geneva, Switzerland and UNOG on this project.  

3. This architecture for the governance of these cities needs to be codesigned and orchestrated with new mindsets, new approaches, new organisations and cultures in order to be operational : hire systemic thinkers and actors, use systemic approaches and process, incl. for governance and systems, and cocreate living labs, as defined by MIT.                                         

We propose that all engaged city regions are more effective, reduce costs by 40% , by implementing a. an architecture of Living labs around current public, private and civil society organisations b. populate Living labs with systems thinkers and actors, c. use the latest systemic systems and computers, and a systemic governance in the sense of global goal number 17. This is what Andrea Bassi, and Bob Bishop address in our workshop  

G4 as Greater Geneva for Global Goals

4. The international Greater Geneva ecosystem is unique and should join forces, work as One, be exemplary to support the acceleration of the global opportunities for the global goals: i.e. to find, engage and monitor the mouvement of city regions, foster world wide best practices, share 21st century sciences & technology progress, embody wisdom of first nations,
via UNOG, WEF, WBCSD, CERN, ICRC, UN Global Compact, UN SDG Lab, …

5. the local Greater Geneva societal players, should be such a lighthouse for Switzerland and the world, for all the international delegations passing thru Geneva and UNOG; it should work hand in hand with the international Greater Geneva and should involve and engage all local players like,
Cantons of GE and VD,  Lyon and Grenoble, IMD, EPFL, UNIGE - UNIL, HUG - CHUV,  SIG Lab, Firmenich,  ...


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