BENEFITING: INSTITUTE FOR CONSCIOUS GLOBAL CHANGE INC
EVENT DATE: May 31, 2017
The Institute for Conscious Global Change (ICGC) is an international non-profit NGO organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations which uses innovative technologies like geographic information systems (GIS) in combination with meaningful stakeholder engagement strategies to empower Member States of the United Nations (UN) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030. These 17 goals and their related 169 targets were agreed upon by all 193 Member States in 2015 as a part of the most comprehensive global plan for sustainability which has ever been implemented.
ICGC's primary endeavor is the Millennium Earth Project (MEP), which employs a geodesign framework that builds the capacity of local governments to organize and collect geospatial data, visualize and analyze trends in the landscape, conceptualize possible development scenarios using 3D modeling, and empower citizens to envision their own future. Our methods for generating resiliency focus on capacity building, citizen engagement and knowledge transfer through training and mentorship in order to increase transparency, accountability and representation in development so that communities can build resiliency and problem-solving capacities. In 2016, the Jamaican government endorsed the MEP, allowing the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN to submit the MEP Proposal to the Secretary General for inclusion in the documents of the 71st session of the General Assembly. In this regard, the MEP Proposal which explains how to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is now an official document of the UN and can be found on their website at this link.
Here's where we need your help! The government of Jamaica and the local government of the Parish of Westmoreland are partnering with ICGC to do a pilot project to show “how” the 2030 SDGs can be implemented in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way. A site visit is the next step for ICGC's team to meet with national officials in Kingston and local officials in the Parish of Westmoreland. Our team needs your help to travel to Jamaica to initiate the next steps of our work with them.
WE NEED $10,000 TO COVER ALL TRAVEL EXPENSES AND LODGING FOR OUR TEAM OF SIX VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT KINGSTON AND WESTMORELAND FOR SIX DAYS. YOUR DONATIONS WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT, ALLOWING US TO MEET FACE-TO-FACE WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO BEGIN TO PLAN THE PROJECT TOGETHER. IT IS THE GOAL OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF JAMAICA TO HAVE OUR PILOT PROJECT REPLICATED IN THE OTHER 13 PARISHES IN THE COUNTRY TO HELP THEM MEET THE JAMAICA VISION 2030 AND THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TOGETHER.
About our travelers: Etta Jackson is the Founder and CEO of ICGC. The MEP has been her vision in development for the last decade, and the dream of implementing it in her home country is strong!
Veronica Anderson is Director of Geodesign for the organization with an outstanding passion for and background in sustainability, human-centric design, and resilient architecture.
Kenny Lohr is our Project Manager and GIS Administrator who has fifteen years of experience managing enterprise geographic data and systems.
Sadie Francis brings her experience in strategic partnership building and collaboration management as well as an understanding of sustainable development practices to the organization.