An Update on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

If you’ve visited the “about” page on this website/blog you may have noticed the ambitious vision statement that is somewhat similar to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The vision statement reads, “Worldwide access to quality healthcare, life-long education, and clean energy by 2030”. Like this vision statement, the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are very ambitious. Why?

Well, an old cliche from Norman Vincent Peale might tell the story most succinctly – “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Now, for the analytical perfectionist, there’s a lot wrong with this quote, but the point is that when one is endeavoring to achieve big goals, it’s often better to err on the side of too much rather than too little ambition. The future will tell us if the UN’s STG’s will support or undermine this quote.

With a desire to be a part of such an overwhelming set of goals, it’s easy to avoid action. So, if you haven’t already learned about the goals, you can check them out through the link above. If you want to have someone tell you about them and give you some ideas of how you can get involved, Michael Green (Author of Philanthrocapitalism) seems to have a great deal of expertise on the subject. His first TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talk on the STG’s can be found here.

If you already know about the STG’s, but haven’t heard Michael Green’s recent update on the subject, check it out here.

“He who would rise in the world should veil his ambitions with the forms of humanity.” –¬†Chinese Proverb

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