Global Think Tank for Sustainable Development
Think Tank AlterContacts contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through research, publications, initiatives and facilitating constructive dialogue on Sustainable Development worldwide. Our key initiatives are aimed at Eradicating Ignorance, Empowering Entrepreneurship and helping organizations to instil the mindset of sustainability, track and measure their contribution to the UN SDGs.
On 20 October 2020, the team of the Lockdown Economy received the Gold award in the 13th Annual 2020 Women in Business and the Professions World Awards®. In the category "Hero of the Year | Helping Others During COVID-19".
In May 2020 the think tank registered the Lockdown Economy in the United Nations Acceleration Actions towards the Sustainable Development Goals with the hashtag #SDGaction36773 classified as initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery efforts.
Together with the Anahuac Mayab University in Mexico, in August 2020 Think Tank AlterContacts hosted the pilot of the Academy. It was a 3-weeks MBA course based on the information provided in the Lockdown Economy. Five small-business owners featured in the Lockdown Economy interviews were paired up with five teams of students to address the real business problems of the COVID-19. During three weeks, students worked together with experts to design a new approach and how to implement it. They had multiple conversations to do a reality check and align. It went as far as students actually having to test the ideas they were proposing with the local government and universities. We have seen a very positive reaction both from students and business owners. It was an alternative way to learn and the exposure they got to international business is priceless for their future.