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 Empowering Entrepreneurship, Eradicating Ignorance, and helping organizations to instill the mindset of sustainability, track and measure their contribution to the UN SDGs.
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 TED talk, Julia Skupchenko shares 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.
On 30 March 2021, the Lockdown Economy initiative by the Think Tank AlterContacts was chosen by the Dutch representatives in the European Parliament as the national finalist from the Netherlands for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2021.
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.