Incubator Spotlight: Urban Infrastructure Committee

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This semester, the Urban Infrastructure committee of the Ideas for Action startup accelerator initiated a working relationship with DLVR, the winner of the 2016 Ideas for Action Competition. Every year, Ideas for Action hosts a competition in the hopes of bring forward some of the best entrepreneurial solutions to development-related issues. The startup accelerator, which is a different part of the Ideas for Action initiative, is tasked with building out the solutions pitched to the …

Satellite Initiatives Spotlight: The Dartmouth Initiative by Sue Mohieldin

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Sue Mohieldin, a sophomore at Dartmouth University, talks about her engagement with Ideas4Action and her plans to increase the club’s reach to her campus. Sue has been involved with Ideas4Action since her senior year of high school, being among the pioneers of the Ideas4Action high school competition. As an engineer, Sue wants to bring a more technological perspective to the competition, as she believes that engineering and technology are key to advancing the 2030 Development …

COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech

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As early December approached in 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the UN’s climate change conference, COP21. A minimum of 55 countries were required to sign the Paris agreement, which aimed to introduce proposals to the tune of reducing worldwide carbon remissions, as well as provide a framework for increased reliance on alternative energy. The following conference, held between November 7-18 in Marrakesh, was more about the detail than idea generation. At the beginning …

Ideas for Action Do-a-thon at UPenn

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Whether it was from the perspective of private sector players to that of World Bank leaders, speakers of the I4A summit during the 2016 World Bank Annual Meetings all highlighted the deep importance of youth engagement in driving innovation within the sustainable development space. Ideas 4 Action is committed to encouraging innovation among young people through the Ideas 4 Action global competition. We believe that the issues surrounding financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development …

I4A at the 2016 IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings

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As part of the 2016 IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Washington DC, Ideas For Action organized a summit in order to encourage and celebrate youth engagement in the financing and implementation of the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda. World leaders, corporate professionals, scholars, and young people came together to discuss the critical role younger generations play in bolstering innovation in the development ecosystem. The summit also featured the official launch of the second …

I4A at the 2016 Annual Meetings: Guest Speakers

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Entrepreneurship, leadership and youth engagement are key for the design and implementation of innovative solutions to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to achieve sustainable, measurable, and scalable impact. Many innovative and fresh ideas that tackle the new challenges that the world faces will most likely come from young entrepreneurs. The Ideas for Action Initiative seeks to highlight the importance of ideas, inspiration, and commitment, combined with entrepreneurship and leadership of those who will …

I4A at the 2016 UN Youth Assembly

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Ideas for Action, a flagship project of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at Wharton and the World Bank Group, participated in the 2016 United Nations Youth Assembly in New York. Ideas for Action (I4A) works with students and young professionals from more than 130 countries around the world to develop ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As President of the Wharton Ideas for Action Club, I was invited to …

Winners of the I4A 14-18 Competition 2016

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The inaugural Ideas for Action 14-18 competition came to a successful end on February 29th, 2016. Students from throughout the United States researched and put together proposals on alleviating poverty and stimulating economic growth in developing nations. Out of the many impressive submissions, the Ideas for Action 14-18 reviewal team believed that the following six proposals particularly stood out: We congratulate the six finalists and sends warm thanks to each of the participating teams, all …

Fostering Ideas for Action at Penn and Around the World

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After spending a gap year volunteering in a children’s home in South Africa, I came to Wharton seeking to further pursue my interest in social impact and sustainable development. I became involved with a number of different projects on campus, but it was not until I took the Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility class by Djordjija Petkoski, senior fellow at Wharton’s Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, that I started to develop an understanding of the strategic …

Ideas for Action: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

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Ideas for Action (I4A) was founded on the premise that today’s youth should have a voice in the future of development – that the marshaling of global resources to tackle global poverty and inequality should not be delegated only to senior industry professionals with decades of experience, but also to the next generation of development leaders. The I4A 2015 competition affirmed this premise both by demonstrating the level of interest youth have in contributing their …