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SDG Talks Podcast highlights Change Makers and their work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our passion is to highlight people and organizations that work towards the 17 goals that will transform the world into a more equitable place for everyone.
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SDG Talks Kevin Sofen & James Armour

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SDG Talks Podcast highlights Change Makers and their work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our passion is to highlight people and organizations that work towards the 17 goals that will transform the world into a more equitable place for everyone.
Got a good story? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com or visit us at www.SDGTalksPodcast.com

    SDG 17 | UNLEASH 2022: A Catalyst for the SDGs | Ana Jiménez Núñez & Serene Habbal

    SDG 17 | UNLEASH 2022: A Catalyst for the SDGs | Ana Jiménez Núñez & Serene Habbal

    Do you want to create solutions, become a leader, and drive networks to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Then take a listen...

    Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    - What is UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab?

    - What is the UNLEASH methodology?

    - What can we expect from UNLEASH 2022?

    Fun fact: host Kevin Sofen attended UNLEASH 2019 which inspired him to start this podcast plus connected him with an abundance of likeminded activists - such as today's guests Ana Jiménez Núñez and Serene Habbal!

    So who better to get the inside scoop about UNLEASH other than the team behind-the-scenes? Ana is UNLEASH's Communications Lead while Serene is the Talent Experience Lead, and both also work full-time as Communications Consultants for Dalberg Media, a media consultancy aiming to increase awareness and mobilize partners and resources to the global development agenda. Ana and Serene have dedicated their careers to uniting media with international development and finding powerful insights that bring sustainability projects to their full potential.

    The next UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab will take place in the state of Karnataka in India (at Infosys Mysore, the world’s largest corporate university!) from December 3 – 11, 2022. The lab will gather 1,000 young teams of participants between the ages of 18 - 35 to brainstorm ideas and co-create innovative initiatives through human-centered design thinking – a process that focuses on the real needs of the people that the solution focuses on. Experienced facilitators and experts will guide the participants through different stages of the innovation process.

    You can apply for UNLEASH India HERE until June 19.

    Follow UNLEASH: LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

    Let’s get SDG Talking!!

    Got a good story or want to collaborate? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

    And don’t forget to check out our Virtual Roundtables on our website!

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    • 36 min
    SDG 18 | Youth Activism & the SDGs in Times of Crisis | Rachel Svetanoff

    SDG 18 | Youth Activism & the SDGs in Times of Crisis | Rachel Svetanoff

    Should we challenge the status quo and add to the SDGs?

    Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    - Why do youth matter for the future & our pursuit towards achieving the SDGs?

    - What programs exist that can help empower the youth?

    - Is there a need for an additional goal around Youth Equity?

    We got the inside scoop from expert Rachel Svetanoff, a young leader dedicated to championing innovation in social impact. Over the past 10 years, Rachel has helped work on all 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals where she has contributed to over 100 projects with 112 organizations across 35 countries. She is the Co-Founder of Global Futurist Initiative, which aims to elevate youth contributions to sustainable development and social progress. This effort is housed by and in partnership with InternetBar.Org Institute of which Rachel leads as Executive Director.

    Rachel is a Global Goodwill Ambassador, an International Monetary Fund Youth Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development LEAP fellow, One Better World Collective Liaison, UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate alumna, Youth Marketplace YOMA Rules! Taskforce member, and Harvard Seminar for Leaders in China instructor. She is also a founding member of the North American Changemaker Xchange global community, selected as 1 of 19 youth innovators from the continent. For her service, Rachel is the recipient of the Top 10 Under 40 of Tippecanoe County Award, 2021 Purdue University Student Life Young Alumni Award, 2021 Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award of AmeriCorps, the 2021 J.B. Dondolo, Inc. WASH Changemaker Award, and an InnoCentive Challenge winner.

    Connect with Rachel: LinkedIn | Twitter

    Episode Resources:

    - Lessons from young people on how to organise a humanitarian response | World Economic Forum

    - Climate change, Ukraine and pitfalls of international goodwill | The Hill

    - A beginner's guide to the SDGs | Innovators Box

    Let’s get SDG Talking!!

    Got a good story or want to collaborate? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

    And don’t forget to check out our Virtual Roundtables on our website!

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    • 39 min
    SDG 6 | Creating Value with Poop | Camilo Huneeus Guzmán

    SDG 6 | Creating Value with Poop | Camilo Huneeus Guzmán

    Ever wondered what happens to poop after flushing? Well, here's why you should care...

    Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    - What opportunities exist with poop?

    - What challenges do wastewater operators face?

    - How can we leverage digital twins & artificial intelligence to optimize wastewater operations?

    You may recognize our second time guest Camilo Huneeus Guzmán who is leading the way in operations most of us never even consider: wastewater engineering. With a Graduate Teaching Fellow from Yale and his experience working as the Water & Energy Subject Matter Specialist plus the World Security STC for The World Bank, Camilo created AInwater. 

    AInwater uses artificial intelligence (AI) and treatment plants' operational data to optimize the energy consumption of our wastewater treatment plans without the need to invest in equipment or modify processes. As the company's current Chief Executive Officer, Camilo aims to make water accessible to all and sustainable for our ecosystems via innovative technology.

    Let’s get SDG Talking!!

    Got a good story or want to collaborate? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

    And don’t forget to check out our Virtual Roundtables on our website!

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    • 29 min
    SDG 11 | Grassroots Projects & Community Advocacy in Houston, TX | Catherine Flowers

    SDG 11 | Grassroots Projects & Community Advocacy in Houston, TX | Catherine Flowers

    Is compromise good or bad when trying to accomplish a more equitable community for everyone?

    Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    - Why is Houston a microcosm for the world?

    - How have zoning rules created inherent environmental injustices over time?

    - How to consider all stakeholders involved when making a decision

    We got to hear from the expert working at the nexus of civic engagement, community development and equity and climate advocacy: Catherine Flowers.

    Catherine lived in Louisiana for many years, but when Hurricane Katrina hit she moved her family to Houston where she was hired to develop the city's Department of Neighborhoods whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Houston through people-focused programs and strong community partnerships. She has held leadership roles with the City of Houston, Capital One Bank, and the Louisiana Lt. Governor's Office, has chaired the City of Houston's Climate Action Plan Equity Committee, and - as the CEO of Bread of Life - she even expanded their services to meet the diverse needs of the greater Houston market and helped to serve over 100,000 after Hurricane Harvey.

    Within her current consulting position, Catherine works with elected officials, municipalities, community organizations and national campaigns like the Moms Clean Air Force to deliver social impact. Last but not least, she is the founder of Altruistic Endeavors NGO - a disaster relief organization that responds to life disasters while also operating an apiary and urban farm, co-founded Energy Well Texas - a new kind of electric company, and is the finance chair for Texas' first Green Bank.

    Connect with Catherine: Instagram | Facebook

    Let’s get SDG Talking!!

    Got a good story or want to collaborate? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

    And don’t forget to check out our Virtual Roundtables on our website!

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    • 32 min
    SDG 13 | Using Carbon Markets to Drive Sustainable Development | Joona Mikkola

    SDG 13 | Using Carbon Markets to Drive Sustainable Development | Joona Mikkola

    Should we put a price on nature?

    Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    - Do humans truly value nature?

    - What are carbon markets, and how can we use them?

    - What role should technology play in driving eco-consciousness? What role should humans play?

    Let's find out from climate tech startup founder and Nature-based Solutions expert Joona Mikkola. Obvious by his years of experience in developing, managing and monitoring agriculture, natural resources, and food security projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Joona is passionate about ecological economics, and sees his mission as inciting humanity to better value nature.

    As a result, Joona started SoilWatch which gives satellite and artificially intelligent tools to project developers and land-users so they can easily monitor and model environmental changes. SoilWatch takes a (literal) grassroots approach to sustainable development and climate action by unlocking finance for sustainable land-use and Nature-based Solutions while providing a scalable solution for monitoring and valuing soil organic carbon and other natural assets and ecosystem services.

    Let’s get SDG Talking!!

    Got a good story or want to collaborate? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

    And don’t forget to check out our Virtual Roundtables on our website!

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    • 34 min
    SDGs 9 & 15 | The Power of Copying Nature | Colin Mangham

    SDGs 9 & 15 | The Power of Copying Nature | Colin Mangham

    How can we use biomimicry - the practice of literally copying nature - to innovate in the future?

    Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    - What exactly is biomimicry?

    - How has nature been a source of inspiration for innovations?

    - What are the powerful ecosystem services for humankind?

    We learned from the champion of bioinspired innovation and the Founder & Managing Director of Biomimicry LA: Colin Mangham.

    Colin creates and communicates the value of new and important ideas, initiatives, and brands, and solves complex problems for global brands and NGOs, locally-rooted nonprofits and hundreds of entrepreneurs. He enjoys guiding, inspiring and motivating individuals, teams, organizations and whole communities to connect with purpose and perform optimally. Colin has an extensive background in the natural and applied sciences, with a special focus around biomimicry. 

    Connect with Colin: LinkedIn | Twitter

    Let’s get SDG Talking!!

    Got a good story or want to collaborate? Send us an email at sdgtalkspodcast@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

    And don’t forget to check out our Virtual Roundtables on our website!

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Femipv ,

Amazing!!

Great work by Kevin and James trying to breakdown different aspects of SDGs! There’s always something new to learn in every episode. Highly recommend!

TheRealDMish ,

Great and easy listen!

Informative and very easy listen. I love this podcast!

Spenny P ,

Amazing content!

I could listen to these two talk sustainability for hours!