Topic outline

  • General

    In this talk Simon will explore how Social Responsibility is a key factor in successfully implementing the UN SDGs. While the targets for each SDG can sometimes appear overwhelming, the role that we each play in seeing them through to success is vital to our personal, and ultimately the planet’s, wellbeing. The talk will explore Simon’s personal key messages: “There is always Hope”, how to foster a positive mindset and solution focus “We can do this…”.


    “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
    "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


    Original quote:

    "I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."

    - Theodore Parker (1810-1860)


    Subsequently interpreted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s as "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justiceand used by Barak Obama in speeches. 


    • Zoom Webinar

      The recorded ZOOM Webinar is available here



      • Pre-training readings

        Video 1: (14 minutes) Measuring the SDGs using a Social Progress Index


        Michael Green shares his analysis on the steps each country has (or hasn't) made toward these Sustainable Development Goals -- and offers new ideas on what needs to change so we can achieve them."




        Video 2: (1 minute) What is individual social responsibility 


        A short video explaining what individual social responsibility 



        Video 3: (12 minutes) Individual responsibility and the SDGs - Listen, act and listen again.

        Linda Midgley says
        "The SDGs are a hot topic. They unleash a lot of enthusiasm, but when it comes to making real progress- there’s still a lot of work to be done. Linda shares 3 principles which companies, governments and ordinary citizens can apply to make a real and lasting positive impact on the SDGs. The SDGs are a hot topic. They unleash a lot of enthusiasm, but when it comes to making real progress- there’s still a lot of work to be done. Linda shares 3 principles which companies, governments and ordinary citizens can apply to make a real and lasting positive impact on the SDGs."


        Video 4: (10 minutes) Growth mindset thinking


        Prof Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve.