(United Nations Global Goals Jam Seattle 2018 video, Mary Gómez Camba of The Think Visual Project & Rene Vivo from Vivo Media)
On Saturday November 3, 2018 community members from the Puget Sound Region came together to participate in the 1st Global Goals Jam event in Seattle. The sold out event took place at Impact Hub Seattle in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. If you aren't familiar with the Global Goals Jam, it's part of the United Nations 2015 initiative, which created a movement of globally coming together to help solve the world's most challenging problems. After identifying the world's 17 most challenging problems, they were turned into goals. For this session StBox focused on Sustainable Development Goal #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
STBOX & SDG 11
I was honored to present at this UN event and talk about how we can help plan and design our cities/communities to be sustainable, inclusive, and innovative with the integration of self-driving cars. With each year till 2030, the UN selects challenges that are needed to be tackled. For the year 2018 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include:
#1 No Poverty
#3 Good Health & Well-Being
#5 Gender Equality
#7 Affordable & Clean Energy
#11 Sustainable Cities & Communities
I of course wasn't the only one to present. There were local presenters from the Puget Sound Region who are all working towards tackling the SDGs within their work. Each presenter had about 10 mins. to talk about what they do, their journey, and how their work is related to the SDGs.
For SDG 11, I spoke on "Envisioning Seattle with Self-Driving Cars".
(Yes Segura from StBox, presenting at Global Goals Jam Seattle)
SDG 11 TEAM
After the presentation the crowd quickly formed into groups and from there would be tasked with short design sprints throughout the day eventually ending with a product to help tackle one of the SDGs. Typically this event runs for 2-days, but for this Global Goals Jam it was a 1-day event.
Meet the SDG 11 Seattle team! Not only did folks travel from Olympia, West Seattle, but we had recent transplants coming from Italy. Our team was led by Pablo Gaztelu (He's the guy standing in the picture wearing the grey sweater), a student at the International University Madragon & former Co-Founder of AboraWorld.
ORGANIZING GLOBAL GOALS JAM SEATTLE
Pablo was kind enough to sit down with me
and speak about the event, so here are some of the takeaways from it:
The process started in Spain, when Abora World was given the okay to organize the Global Goals Jam Seattle event. Abora World, is a team of 10, with one mission and that is to help change the world. The team of 10 has members from different parts of the world including: Egypt, Spain, China, Armenia, and Costa Rica. This team helps put together events as well as helping entrepreneurs in all sorts of ways. It's a little hard to describe them with one sentence, but put it this way they work on helping making this world a better place.
After getting the okay to organize this event with the United Nations Development Program they would partner with the Digital Society School, and Impact Hub Seattle to put on the event in Seattle,WA. "The most difficult part of organizing the event was not knowing anyone - Pablo" Not only was Pablo and his team from Abora World able to plan this, they were able to sell every ticket! Pablo mentions that although it was difficult to put together it was great to see the whole process develop.
BACK TO THE TEAM!
Without a doubt the SDG 11 Seattle team was diverse in experience and professional backgrounds. What comes next are the unique experiences from this diverse team who live, work, and play in Seattle, coupled with the SDG 11 challenge and you get magic, or what I like to call a bottom up approach. A bottom up approach that is sustainable, inclusive, and innovative in design solutions.
Brandy Deutsch (Accountant)
Jose Bonilla (Accountant)
Emma Thordsen (Seattle-based creative Biomimetics - She thinks about sustainable cities in her sleep)
Alessia Pizzoccheri (Front End Developer)
Pascha Scott (Brand Communications & Retail Design)
David Prindle (Coach)
Seemi Hasan (UW Graduate Architecture student)
Benjamin Donan (Graphic Designer)
Helene Costa De Beauregard - Co-Founder of ww.Garagehop.com
SDG 11 & THE SPRINTS
The design sprints were an important part of this day. The sprints helped format the day through understanding the challenges at hand and providing an end result to build from. What is shown below are the major points coming from each SDG 11 Seattle sprint.
SDG 11 OUTCOME
(More pictures and videos can be found on the Global Goals Jam Seattle Facebook page.)
After the 4 design sprints would come the final pitch. The pitch would be presented to the audience and the mentors who drilled each team with questions. Our team put together a futuristic story that placed you in the near future of Seattle with AVs. The story can be viewed here via our team's Google Drive Document.
ISSUES AND CONCERNS
After the pitch SDG 11 Seattle team members brought up issues and concerns about the future state of AVs in our cities.
Jobs: What will happen to the jobs of the current drivers who make a living off of driving (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Truck drivers, Bus drivers)?
Racial & Social Justice Environmental Issues: Will this new technology only be for the rich? Will it disproportionately impact historically marginalized communities, similar to the design of the Eisenhower highway system?
Inclusivity: Making sure that this new transportation technology will be for all (genders, sexualities, religions/ethnicities, abilities, and ages)
WHAT'S TO COME NEXT?
Ah yes, what exactly is the point of a Global Goals Jam if nothing is to come from it? Well, StBox is excited to announce a teen tine preview of the future and let's just say that includes sustainable self-driving pods. Stay tuned!