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On the Design of a Youth-Led, Issue-Based, Crowdsourced Global Monitoring Framework for the SDGs

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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO MGIEP), New Delhi 110001, India
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6839; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236839
Received: 26 March 2019 / Revised: 14 October 2019 / Accepted: 15 October 2019 / Published: 2 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transgressive Learning and Transformations to Sustainability)
In this paper, we propose a novel methodology and design to contribute towards the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by member states of the United Nations for a better and more sustainable future for all. We particularly focus on achieving SDG 4.7—using education to ensure all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. We describe the design of a crowdsourced approach to monitor issues at a local level, and then use the insights gained to indicate how learning can be achieved by the entire community. We begin by encouraging local communities to identify issues that they are concerned about, with an assumption that any issue identified will fall within the purview of the 17 SDGs. Each issue is then tagged with a plurality of actions taken to address it. Finally, we tag the positive or negative changes in the issue as perceived by members of the local community. This data is used to broadly indicate quantitative measures of community learning when solving a societal problem, in turn telling us how SDG 4.7 is being achieved. The paper describes the design of a unique, youth-led, technology-based, bottom-up approach, applicable to communities across the globe, which can potentially ensure transgressive learning through participation of and monitoring by the local community leading to sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; local community; transgressive learning; non-formal education; ESD; SDG 4.7; youth; mobile app; monitoring; reporting; spatial correlation sustainable development; local community; transgressive learning; non-formal education; ESD; SDG 4.7; youth; mobile app; monitoring; reporting; spatial correlation
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Mohanty, S.P.; Ramaswamy, R.; Duraiappah, A.K. On the Design of a Youth-Led, Issue-Based, Crowdsourced Global Monitoring Framework for the SDGs. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6839.

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