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.

Think Tank AlterContacts supports the Sustainable Development Goals


AlterContacts on TEDx

On 10th February, our co-founder and leader of Lockdown Economy, Julia Skuchenko will present her idea worth sharing at the TEDx event of the HotelSchool the Hague.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world as we knew it. Or has it? Perhaps, it has only disrupted the notions, rules and beliefs by which the world is run. But once we let go of past conditioning, of things that are holding back our thinking and imagination - - for example that to contribute to a good cause we need financing and there is no other way - - we discover the true meaning our actions can have on society. In this talk, Julia Skupchenko will share her journey during the global disruption of 2020 and the role small businesses and grassroots initiatives play in building a new world after the pandemic, making it more equal and sustainable.

The event will be online. The tickets are available here

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.

On 20 October 2020, Think Tank AlterContacts was named the Bronze winner as a Social Impact Startup of the Year 2020 in the 13th Annual 2020 Women in Business and the Professions World Awards®.

On 10 September 2020, Think Tank AlterContacts was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award as a Non-profit Organization of the Year 2020 in The 17th Annual International Business Awards®

Our proposal was submitted to the European Commission during #EUvsVirus online Hackathon 24-26 April 2020

In January 2020 Think Tank AlterContacts has been recognized as a non-profit by

Introduction to the concept of the Think Tank AlterContacts from its Co-Founder Massimo Mercuri.

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AlterContacts Academy

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.

In collaboration with the MBA program of the Anahuac Mayab University, Mexico.

By Rishi Kapal, Stanford LEAD Alumni, Author of Kites in Hurricane and Miasma, Former CXO of Fortune 500s | United Nations Speaker.

By Julia Skupchenko, Co-founder of the Think Tank Altercontacts, the Producer of the Lockdown Economy Initiative, business advisor and mentor.

By Gloria de Leon, the founder of boutique consultancy Ad Hoc that helps leaders to manage change and has been active on the Latin American market since 2007.

By Carlos Merlano, finance academic and business expert, a forward-thinking executive with a proven record of accomplishment in private and public companies during a 16-year career.

By Poom Narudee Kristhanin, the CEO and Founder of Eureka Global, a transformation consultancy based in Thailand.

By Datje van Reijendam, Strategic Business and Impact Developer, the founder and principal consultant of Okumera Consulting; a strategic facilitator of project-based business mainly in development zones, especially in Africa.

Think Tank Webinars

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