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SDG Speaker Series Shifting Perspectives (4-6)

April 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


SDG Speaker Series Shifting Perspectives

Mount Madonna School (MMS) has fostered its commitment to global citizenship for over 40 years. Inspired by the work of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), MMS is proud to offer a speaker series that highlights the very important work of our alumni and friends of the school. Many of our alumni and friends have gone on to become leaders of change working to further improvements societally and environmentally both locally and globally.


All of the events in the series will be offered via Zoom. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $20, and can be ordered via the speaker series website, sdgspeakerseries.org.


FishWise: April 22, 7-8pm

The oceans serve as the foundation for all life on the planet. They provide the air we breathe, the food many of us eat, and livelihoods and enjoyment for millions and millions of people. And yet, their sheer vastness, once seen as inexhaustible, makes them difficult to sustainably and equitably manage. Even worse, they are prone to illegal fishing, forced labor, and even modern slavery. Seafood, the world’s most traded commodity, is both the problem and the solution. In this seminar, we will explore the roots of these challenges, innovative partnerships and solutions that hold great promise, and ways in which the achievement of SDG 14 Life Under Water might just hold the key to progress on all of the SDGs. The seminar will be led by FishWise CEO and Mount Madonna School alum Tobias Aguirre (’94) and will showcase how a local nonprofit can have global impact.


The Aloha+ Challenge: Hawaii’s Bold Sail Plan For Leading the Way Toward Meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals – May 6, 7-pm

Even before the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, Hawaii launched the Aloha+ Challenge, which as an unprecedented statewide commitment to achieve six interconnected sustainability goals, making it the first state in the nation to commit to achieving 100% renewable energy as well as a zero-emission and carbon neutral economy by 2045. The Aloha + Challenge is now recognized worldwide as a model locally driven framework to implement the UN SDG’s, which can be scaled to support place-based implementation of the global agenda. Why is Hawai’i the unlikely leader in the drive to meet the UN SDG’s? Its culture is kind, diversity matters, and the power of science and technology is rooted in indigenous knowledge.


Design for Equity: Disrupting Systemic Inequality Through Innovation in Education – May 20, 7-8pm

This experiential seminar cuts across multiple UN Development goals, but most directly relates to 4: Quality Education, 9: Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure, and 10: Reduced Inequality. We’ll participate in a quick experiential dive into these topics through the Human-Centered Design approach BUILD.org uses in our work in the Bay Area and nationally. Participants are asked to engage actively in a rapid design experience related to education and equity, reflecting on what it would take to redesign systems and habits in our own lives to achieve a more equitable and interconnected society.


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