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BCCIC Webinar – The Sustainable Development Goals and Transformational Change

February 28 @ 2:00 am - 3:30 am

As part of BCCIC’s new Sustainable Development Goals Praxis Program we are proud to host an international web-panel on “The Sustainable Development Goals and Transformational Change”. What exactly is the “transformational change” that lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda? This web-panel brings together thought leaders who are leveraging the transformational potential of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to promote new ways of collaborating within and between organizations, supporting grassroots change, leveraging policy, and promoting movement and network building toward a better world. This unique web-panel will explore:

  • The evolving concept of transformational change and how it can be understood in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The transformational principles and opportunities that are embedded in the SDGs.
  • Practical examples of how to leverage these transformational principles and to practice change in new ways and for better outcomes.
  • How the SDGs require us to change ourselves in order to realize their transformative potential – as individuals, organizations, societies, and cultures.

The panel is taking place online on Friday February 28th from 10 am to 11.30 am Pacific Time (1pm to 2.30 pm Eastern Time) and will involve an hour of panel discussion followed by questions and answers from the online audience. The panel will be moderated by BCCIC’s Program Director, Dan Harris, and will feature:

  • Becky Buel from the Presencing Institute who will be joining us from the United Kingdom and sharing her experience working with SDG Leadership Labs and the new forms of collaboration that the SDGs both invoke and require. 
  • Daniel Wahl from Gaia Education will be joining us from Majorca to share his global work with community education and community organizing using the SDGs framework to support local change.
  • Katja Hugo from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development will be joining us from Geneva and sharing her work with transformative policy innovations for leveraging and realizing the SDGs.
  • Michael Simpson from the BC Council for International Cooperation will be joining locally from Vancouver, Canada and will share the insights gained from BCCIC’s work with the SDGs and public engagement and their transformative opportunities for movement building. 

Full panelist bios are available below and the web-panel will be a unique opportunity to explore how we can leverage the SDGs to go beyond business as usual and transform our organizations, communities, systems, policies and the very ways that we envision and practice change. To register for the web-panel please follow the link below and we look forward to your questions and active participation on February 28th.

What: The Sustainable Development Goals and Transformational Change

When: Friday Feb 28th from 10 am – 11.30 am Pacific Time (1pm – 2.30 pm Eastern Time)

Cost: Free

Register: Via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/93175236641

This webinar is the first offering of BCCIC’s new SDG Praxis Program. The Praxis program will focus on the transformational potential of the Sustainable Development Goals and the nexus between theory and practice. How do we enact, embody, and practice the SDGs? How can we leverage the SDGs in practical ways to support our work and new ways of seeing, understanding and realizing positive change? The SDG Praxis Program will document  and share practical examples and experiences that address these questions as well as learning opportunities to develop our skills in working with the SDGs for transformational change. 

We look forward to sharing future opportunities with you and to seeing you on online for the web-panel on “The Sustainable Development Goals and Transformational Change”


Facilitator Bios:

Becky Buell – Becky Buell is an experienced senior executive, with over 25 years’ work in the not-for-profit sector and 8 years leading a successful company. Becky has extensive international experience in strategy, organisational development and business planning, and is an experienced convenor of multi-sector dialogues. 

Becky is currently serving as a Board member and Senior Practitioner of the Presencing Institute. Until August 2018 she served as the Co-Founder and Director of Meteos, a think tank and strategy company that specialized in multi-sector dialogues between industry, investors and societal stakeholders in healthcare, energy and finance. Since 2009 she has facilitated major dialogues on the changing market and societal expectations of the pharmaceutical sector (PharmaFutures, Groundwork and PharmaDiplomacy) and the energy sector (EnergyFutures). She has worked extensively with international philanthropy and NGOs in strategy development and alliance-building, including work which led to the creation of the Finance Dialogue, and the Europe Beyond Coal network. As a Senior Practitioner of the Presencing Institute, she leads PI engagements with multilateral institutions and initiatives, including serving as lead facilitator of the UN SDG Leadership Lab, working with the DOCO team of the Secretary General’s office to develop the leadership capabilities required across UN agencies to meet the promise of the SDGs.

Earlier in her career, Becky worked with Oxfam GB for over 15 years in senior management positions in Latin America and in the global Campaigns and Policy Division. She was the Regional Representative for Oxfam in Central America and Mexico from 1992-94 where she oversaw Oxfam’s work in support of post-war transition and the resettlement of refugees across the region. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a post-graduate certificate in Urban Planning from University College of London. She was a Research Fellow with the Community Innovators’ Lab in the Urban Planning Department at MIT. She is now a Board member of the Presencing Institute, and a Board member of Climate Outreach. She is a US-UK bi-national, living in Oxford, UK.

Daniel Wahl – Daniel is an international consultant and educator specializing in biologically-inspired whole systems design and transformative innovation. He is a biologist (University of Edinburgh and University of California), holds an MSc in Holistic Science (Schumacher College) and a PhD in Design (CSND, University of Dundee, 2006).

Daniel has worked with local and national governments on foresight and futures, facilitated seminars on sustainable development for the UNITAR affiliated training centre CIFAL Scotland, consulted companies like Camper, Ecover and Lush on sustainable innovation, and has co-authored and taught sustainability training courses for Gaia Education, LEAD International and various universities and design schools.

He is a member of the International Futures Forum, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), co-founder of Biomimicry Iberia, and brought Bioneers to Europe in 2010. Daniel currently works for Gaia Education and the SMART UIB project of the Universidad de las Islas Balears. Triarchy Press published his first book, Designing Regenerative Cultures, in 2016.

Katja Hugo – Katja Hujo is Senior Research Coordinator in the Social Policy and Development Programme of UNRISD and member of the Institute’s Senior Management Group. She is coordinator and lead author of the latest UNRISD flagship report “Policy Innovations for Transformative Change – Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and coordinated the international conference on “Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization”.

Katja is a development economist and social policy expert. She studied economics and political science at Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and holds a doctoral degree in economics from FUB. Much of her research is at the interface of economics and politics, for example her research on the political economy of pension reforms, on social protection and poverty reduction, on social development challenges in mineral-dependent contexts, on South-South migration and social policy, and more recently, on the politics of domestic resource mobilization.

Katja has published numerous papers and articles, 1 monograph, 7 edited volumes, and 3 special journal issues, the most recent one with the International Social Security Review on “The Human Right to Social Security” (October-December 2017, Vol. 70, Issue 4).

Michael SimpsonMichael has been the Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) since July 2014. Prior to working for BCCIC, Michael was the founder and Executive Director of One Sky – The Canadian Institute for Sustainable Living. His work with One Sky varied from leading major bilateral projects in West Africa, including Nigeria and Sierra Leone, to working in Latin America on projects ranging from forest conservation to leadership development. Michael has been an active voice for Canadian civil society at international forums ranging from the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to UN meetings on renewable energy and more recently the Sustainable Development Goals. With a keen interest in integral theory, he has been active in exploring the nexus between developmental psychology and social change. His most recent focus has been on leadership development within the context of social movements, including both the private sector and civil society.

Prior to his work with CSOs, Simpson was an award-winning documentary producer who ran a video production company for fifteen years that specialized in programming on environment, development, and human rights. He spent many years working in conflict and post-conflict areas, with a special focus on Latin America. 


February 28
2:00 am - 3:30 am