AIM2Flourish Update: Get Ready for Global Goals Week!

AIM2Flourish will be in NYC & Connecting Worldwide During September and October

September means a fresh start and a new semester for most of our global business school partners. We can’t wait to help new and returning professors use the AIM2Flourish curriculum in their classes and publish their students’ SDGs Solutions stories on

It’s also a wonderful time for connecting to colleagues and friends around the Global Goals and recommitting ourselves to achieving the “World’s Must-Do List” by 2030. In NYC, there is a full calendar of events, conferences, and concerts as Global Goals week, NYC Climate Week, the International Conference on Sustainable Development, and the United Nations General Assembly happen in the span of 10 days. AIM2Flourish will be at most of these events, so please send an email to meet up.

Let us know what other events we should list here.

Wherever you are, read on for LOTS of ways to connect to September’s Global Goals momentum.

PRME Latin American & Caribbean Meeting

2017 PRME Meeting for Latin America & Caribbean, September 12
The 6th PRME Chapter LAC Regional Meeting will take place on 12 September at ISAE/FGV Business School in Curitiba, Brazil.

A full detail of this event can be found in Spanish at The AIM2Flourish team is grateful to our colleagues Professor Gustavo Yepes from Universidad Externado and Professor Consuelo García for ITESM for presenting AIM2Flourish at this event.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

ICV Global Youth Summit, September 15
On September 15, the observance of the International Day of Peace, at the United Nations Headquarters, ICV and PeaceDay365 will convene the next generation of Senior UN Leaders, Change Makers, Social Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists to educate and inspire all ages to think more creatively about their role as global citizens.

The Youth Summit will address key trends in peace building, global citizenship education and the Sustainable Development Goals where innovation, government, business leadership and young people can leverage their strengths for social impact. AIM2Flourish Director Claire Sommer will present on a panel titled “ Threading the SDGs: Global Citizenship, Business and the Media Industry Matrix. Learn more.

Global Goals Week, September 16–23
Global Goals Week brings together brings together individuals, governments, businesses, international organizations, NGOs, and other partners to amplify the conversation around the UN General Assembly and foster support for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched by UNDP, Project Everyone, and the UN Foundation in 2016, Global Goals Week showcase ideas, solutions, and partnerships that raise awareness about, drive action on, and promote accountability for these global goals. Follow the conversation with #GlobalGoals! (Thanks to Annie Rosenthal+SocialGood Community Manager for these great details about Global Goals week and the Social Good Summit below. Connect on Twitter @plus_socialgood with #SocialGood)

New York Social Good Summit, September 17
Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Social Good Summit unites a lively community of global citizens and progressive thought leaders to discuss how we can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place by the year 2030. AIM2Flourish Director Claire Sommer will be there live-tweeting photos and news from @AIM2Flourish. Get the latest updates about the program here.

Can’t make it to New York? Host your own #2030Now conversation! Along with the main event in New York City, people convene around the world to take part in the global discussion about how communities are using the digital tools of today to build a brighter tomorrow. Last year, with the support of UNDP, +SocialGood, and the Social Good Summit partners, #2030Now reached over 250 million people in over 80 countries. Learn how you can host a +SocialGood Social Good Summit meetup here.

Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

UN’s Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, September 18
The Global Alliance is a coordinating platform for UN Member States, private sector, civil society, and international entities to work together to promote peaceful, just, and inclusive societies. It’s an institutional innovation to enable the joint action and ‘new ways of working’ that the UN General Assembly called for, in order to achieve the SDGs. This side event, hosted by White & Case includes a high-level panel discussion moderated by Pulitzer prize-winner and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof. AIM2Flourish Founding Executive Director Roberta Baskin will be there, joining representatives from major global companies, Member States, civil society, UN and international organizations to discuss what businesses are doing to create more peaceful, just and inclusive. Learn about the Global Alliance.

Business Fights Poverty “Rethinking Collaboration for the SDGs”

Business Fights Poverty NYC, September 18
This inspiring and action-focused half-day event on how business, government and civil society are collaborating to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals is now sold out. Timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly, the annual Business Fights Poverty NYC event brings together 100 senior business professionals and development partners. AIM2Flourish will be there. Apply now.

UN’s Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, September 18

This side-event will involve a high-level panel discussion moderated by Pulitzer prize-winner and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, and will be attended by major global companies, Member States, civil society, UN and international organizations to discuss what businesses are doing to create more peaceful, just and inclusive societies, and how they can help governments to both achieve and report on SDG 16 and related goals and targets. AIM2Flourish’s Founding Executive Director Roberta Baskin will share one of AIM2Flourish’s most inspiring stories. Buza Ice Cream in Israel is our 2017 Flourish Prize winner for Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.

Real Leaders Magazine is coming to a news stand near you!

Real Leaders Newsstand Launch, September 18
We’re thrilled to be attending the Real Leaders Newsstand Launch from 5:30–6:30 at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble store in NYC . This wonderful publication has showcased business for good leaders and innovators for many years…and now it will be available to a broader audience direct to the public. Learn more.

International Conference on Sustainable Development, September 18–19
Mark your calendars for ICSD 2017 on September 18 & 19, 2017, on the Columbia University Campus in New York. This year’s theme is The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development. AIM2Flourish Director Claire Sommer will be there. Registration is currently open. Find out about additional side events on September 20 and registration information on the conference website. @ICSD_Conf #ICSD2017

Maintaining Momentum for the SDGs

Maintaining the Momentum for the SDGs, September 19
We will be live-tweeting this Guardian Global Development Network’s seminar called: Maintaining the momentum for the SDGs: how can we transform societies for good?. Hope to see you there. Learn more.

Local Impact, Global Lessons: Scaling Solutions to Achieve the SDGs, September 18
This event is convened by the SDG Philanthropy Platform, Locus Coalition, and Scalable Solutions Funders Initiative. We’re looking forward to attending to learn more about approaches that achieve sustained impact at the local level, and how the philanthropy sector can better support partners to scale solutions beyond the local to the national and international levels.

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, September 21
The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 will gather global leaders to inspire true leadership for the SDGs, present highlights of General Assembly week and chart the way ahead for increased public-private collaboration to create the world we want. The Summit serves as the annual opportunity to unveil the UN Global Compact’s latest intelligence from Action Platforms, generate meaningful and innovative engagement opportunities around the SDGs. AIM2Flourish will be co-announcing a new global learning initiative for the Global Goals in collaboration with our partners.

Changing the “Business as Usual” Model, September 21
We are looking forward to attending this event, held in partnership with the SDG Fund and Concordia. The International Peace Institute will launch a research paper that focuses on the following questions: What does it mean in practice for the private sector to become a partner for sustainable development and sustaining peace? How can companies reduce the risk associated with investing in countries under stress? What tools can be used to scale-up investments and unlock the resources needed to implement the 2030 Agenda? Learn more.

The People’s Summit for Sustainable Development, September 22
We’re proud to share the inaugural The People’s Summit +SocialGood: An interactive exploration of the nexus between global engagement and social good and how they unlock capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conversation will tie together the global conversation around the UN General Assembly, uniting people from around the world through hubs and digital streams. Learn how you can join here.

Employees for SDGs Twitter Chat, September 27 
Join us for an Impact2030 Twitter Chat from 12–1pm EST with host David Connor to learn more about a new initiative to engage employee volunteering for the Global Goals. More information coming soon.


Know Your Goals Campaign, October 2017
Our friends at Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth are sponsoring a global #KnowYourGoals campaign in October. Individuals and organizations worldwide, particularly young people, are invited to organize an event (preferably during October 2017), in an effort to mobilize local support and awareness of the SDGs. This is a great way to show your AIM2Flourish support for the business leaders in your community who are showing everyone that SDGs action is both positive and profitable. Get involved.

GRLI Deans and Directors Cohort Launch, October 16–18
AIM2Flourish is deeply honored to be participating in the Deans and Directors Cohort at the University of Guelph, Canada. This collaborative event is convened by the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, an EFMD, AACSB International and UN Global Compact strategic partnership inclusive of the PRME. AIM2Flourish Director Claire Sommer will attend with Weatherhead School of Management colleagues Rob Widing and Katherine Gullet to explore AIM2Flourish’s growth in service to positive business education. Learn more.

PRME Regional Meeting North America, October 18–10

4th PRME Meeting North America, October 18–20
AIM2Flourish Director Claire Sommer is looking forward to attending the 4th PRME Regional Meeting North America at the University of Guelph, Canada. We are honored that the event’s closing panel will explore how AIM2Flourish connects professors, business students, and business leaders to learn about the Global Goals and positive, profitable business. Learn more.

AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher-education curriculum, story platform, and prize for the UN SDGs. AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management — Case Western Reserve University. Learn more.

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