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26-27 January 2023


Chiangmai, Northern Thailand


Jane Rasbash

Petra Carman, PhD

The world is marked by a strong and creative tension. It is a tension between what is global and what is local. The global face is powerful and seeking to be more so. But a tide is rising, steadily reinforcing the local resulting in an increasing ‘Glocalisation’ as the global and local converge.

Using the innovative Gaia Education SDG cards that consider each of the 17 goals in social, economic, ecological and worldview aspects we can learn how to initiate powerful discussion from diverse perspectives.

This workshop will teach participants how to navigate between the two spheres in language, ethics and implementation. It will support participants to decode relevant UN conventions into meaningful frameworks for transformative action at the local level. The course will offer a detailed description of how to prepare, promote and facilitate a SDG Training of Multipliers using Gaia Education’s SDG Implementation Flashcards.  Participants will also receive the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Multipliers Handbook to support them in offering SDG courses in their localities.


To initiate community-focused conversations about local SDGs implementation and support people to become multipliers of such conversations


Participants will:

  1. be able to take a multi-dimensional perspective on all 17 SDGs and be aware of the 169 targets for implementation

  2. identify with other participants which goals could be considered priorities in your community

  3. brainstorm and prioritise possible multi-stakeholder community projects aimed at implementation of priority SDGs in your local community

  4. facilitate conventions from concept to transformative action - brainstorm ideas and strategies for how to mobilise support, how to demonstrate feasibility by implementing successful projects, and how to best spread initiatives that work throughout your community and beyond

Recommended Reading

  • The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016, United Nations,  New York, 2016

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  • UNESCO Roadmap for Implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO 2014

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  • Who Framed Global Development? Language Analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals, Joe Brewer, The Rules 2015

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  • Roadmap for localising the SDGs: Implementation and monitoring at the subnational level, Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, UN Habitat and UNDP, 2016

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  • The Contribution of Science in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Dr Bettina Schmalzbauer, German Committee Future Earth, 2016

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  • Preliminary Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index and  Dashboard, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Guido Schmidt-Traub, & David  Durand-Delacre, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, February 2016 Version of the Working Paper

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  • Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals - Launching a Data Revolution, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, 2015

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  • Landscape Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Achieving the SDGs through Integrated Landscape Management, Landscapes for People, Food and Nature, 2015

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  • SDG Industry Matrix - Financial Services, United Nations Global Compact & KPMG international, 2016

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  • Development Co-operation Report 2016 - The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities, OECD, 2016

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  • Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready?,  Christian Kroll, Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2015

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