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SDG Meetup #10 x Young Impactmakers | SDG 14: Life below Water

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In September, during the SDG Action Day, we will be focusing on SDG 14: Life below Water. This special edition of our SDG Meetup is developed in collaboration with our Young Impactmakers community.

| SDG 14
According to the UN, oceans absorb about 30 per cent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, and we are seeing a 26 per cent rise in ocean acidification since the industrial revolution. Marine pollution is reaching alarming levels, too, with an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter per square kilometre of ocean. That's why SDG 14 aims to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification.

Stay tuned for speakers!

18:30 - 19:00 Walk-in (grab a drink)
19:00 - 21:00 Event (learn - innovate - co-create)
21:00 - 21:30 Networking drinks

The Sustainable Development Goals Meetup is a monthly meetup powered by SDG House Residents Impact Hub Amsterdam and C-Change.

The SDG Meetup series provides a continuous engagement opportunity to accelerate solutions per SDG and develop shared knowledge and resources. It is also an accessible collaboration platform for established organisations, impact entrepreneurs, SMEs, institutions and independent professionals who want to learn about and work on the SDGs in an entrepreneurial way.

Each edition focuses on one SDG (i.e. gender equality, climate change). It is an interactive evening event meant to generate new ideas, connections, collaboration and action. At each edition we invite knowledge partners, entrepreneurs, innovators and expert facilitators to co-create an inspiring environment for us.

The learnings of each meetup are shared with the public through a blog series.

The meetups take place at Impact Hub Amsterdam located in the SDG House (KIT Royal Tropical Institute) in Amsterdam Oost. SDG House, as a community, houses over 1000+ professionals and 50+ organisations working on or with the SDGs.

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Entrepreneurial Solutions for a Sustainable City

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An event during WeMakeThe.City

This full-day experience at Impact Hub Amsterdam is the perfect opportunity to explore how Impact Hub makes cities more sustainable and vibrant through entrepreneurial solutions in plastics, food, inclusion, and circularity. Come get inspired by the diverse solutions of our impactmakers!

You can create your personalised schedule by purchasing tickets to the sessions you want to attend. From attending one session to spending the whole day with us - it's up to you! Learn more and sign up >

This event is powered by Impact Hub and the City of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Impact).

10:00 - 12:00 | Impact Entrepreneurs in Action: Gender, Migration and Circular Economy

We need diverse solutions to solve global and local challenges. Want to find out how YOU can make a difference and support the development of these solutions? Join this interactive session co-created by Impact Hub Amsterdam and C-Change! You’ll get inspired by impactmakers working in gender, migration and circular economy, as well as contributors from The Next Women, Crosswise Works, Generous Minds, and Circle Economy.

10:00 - 12:00 | Circular Strategies

To innovate for a circular economy we must narrow, slow, close and regenerate material resource and energy loops. In this two-hour session featuring Jan Konietzko from TU Delft, you will learn more about these key circular strategies. Use a brainstorm card deck developed at TU Delft to get inspired and generate circular ideas you can start implementing in your business right away! This session is part of our collaboration with the Province of Noord-Holland, which aims to become fully circular by 2050.

12:15 - 13:15 | Lunchtime: Vegan Lunch for €5

13:30 - 15:30 | Make Your Money Green: Sustainable Investing for Newbies

You can accelerate the transition to a sustainable future by investing from as little as €250. How? Through crowdfunding! In this interactive session, crowdfunding platform Oneplanetcrowd will share all the insights you need to start investing in companies and initiatives that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You’ll also hear the crowdfunding stories of impact entrepreneurs working on the SDGs, join speed date sessions with these entrepreneurs, and more!

16:00 - 18:00 | Perspectives on Food and Climate

In this session, the DOEN Foundation will discuss the link between climate action and sustainable food - from how the current food system contributes to climate change to how companies, consumers and policymakers can help lower food’s climate impact! Learn from experts and entrepreneurs about how the concept of ‘food’ is perceived, marketed and sold, and what impact food has on our climate.

13:30 - 18:00 | New Plastic Ecosystem Meetup

Our second plastics ecosystem meetup is a unique opportunity to meet partners from our ecosystem, and get inspired by the next generation of entrepreneurs with solutions to reduce plastic waste worldwide! Featuring a keynote by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, roundtables and panel discussions with alumni of our Plastic Free Ocean Accelerator and partners such as the Port of Amsterdam, WWF and Accenture. Plus the chance to meet the winners of the Dopper Changemaker Challenge, and hear pitches by our Business Model Challenge| Plastics Edition participants!

18:15 - 19:30 | Miha Pogacnik: Visionary, Violinist and Cultural Entrepreneur

Experience a unique performance on divergent problem-solving by world-famous violinist and visionary Miha Pogacnik. There is no right or wrong, only participation and creation.

19:00 - 23:00 Experience Impact: Heroes of Amsterdam VR Screening and Party

Frank Heckman, founder of the Embassy of the Earth, will kick off the evening session with stories of his incredible work with heroes around the world. Then, Impact Hub members Heroes & Friends will introduce us to inspiring initiatives working on the SDGs in Amsterdam.

As winners of the City of Amsterdam’s Localise the SDGs Challenge on the EU Social Challenges platform Heroes & Friends have helped these initiatives share their stories through Virtual Reality (VR) experiences!

After the talk from Heroes & Friends, it’s time for drinks, snacks and live music! You can also pop into our screening room for VR experiences of the local heroes working an inclusive and vibrant city for all.

The Future of Food

In addition to food for thought, we have some delicious bites to keep you running from one event to the next. Come and taste the plant-based, fairly produced treats of Meet Jack, FRANK about tea, Plant-Based Cheese, and many more!

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From Spiritual Values to Effective Action with John Marks

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During this masterclass, Search for Common Ground founder John Marks will provide a practical framework for social entrepreneurship, starting from values and vision and moving into effective action.

The ideas presented will draw from the extensive experience of New York Times best-selling author John Marks as a social entrepreneur, as well as from the wisdom of participants. The goal will be to lead participants through the possibilities that abound when they grasp their inner potential to make a difference and carry out the work that the world so badly needs.

The masterclass has been designed for both professionals and those just starting, as well as for people interested in expanding their effectiveness as activists. It will be interactive and multi-media, and it will cover the basic operating principles of successful social entrepreneurship. There will be a strong emphasis on fundraising.


John Marks is a New York Times best-selling author who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UN’s University of Peace. He is both a Skoll Awardee and a Senior Ashoka Fellow. John is a social entrepreneur who founded Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and headed it for 32 years. He and Susan Collin Marks, his wife and SFCG’s former executive vice president, built the organisation into the largest peacebuilding NGO in the world with 600 staff members and offices in 35 countries. SFCG was nominated for the 2018 Nobel Prize.

“It’s in that convergence of spiritual people becoming active and activepeople becoming spiritual that the hope for humanity rests.”– Van Jones

In this inspiring masterclass, you will

- Understand the basic operating principles of social entrepreneurship
- Move toward becoming an applied visionary, able to start from vision and move into world-changing action
- Learn about the challenges of building a global enterprise for good


17:30: Arrive & register
18:00-20:00: Masterclass
20:00-20:30: Drinks

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Looking for students graduating on plastic waste or clean water!

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Do you know someone graduating on plastic-free or crystal-clear water solutions? Tip them to apply for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge by 12 April >

If that someone is you, submit your graduation topic >

What's at stake? Grants of up to €5,000 to boost your graduation project, intros to a valuable business network, free entrepreneurship training by Impact Hub and promo support to share your idea with the world!

Follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Morrison (pictured), who went from ad man to the Head of Operation at WasteBoards - skateboards handmade from plastic bottle caps discarded at music festivals or fished out of Amsterdam’s canals by Plastic Whale!

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Sustainable Travels | Young Impactmakers

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Do you love travelling but dislike the negative impact it’s having on the environment? Are you curious about how you could contribute to more sustainable tourism? Want to help develop solutions that enhance sustainable travels?

Join us to find out more about sustainability in tourism and get fresh ideas that can be easily adopted by both organisations and travellers. This event is the ideal moment to meet like-minded people who are working on making tourism more conscious!

Four initiatives will share their inspiring stories, as well as issues they face in the field of sustainable tourism. And you’ll dig into these challenges to co-create exciting solutions together with other Young Impactmakers!

Green Tickets
Sustainable Travels
Better Places
The Turn Club

18:45 – Walk-in
19:00 – Welcome & intro
19:10 – Sustainability challenges in tourism
19:30 – Guest pitches
20:00 – Interactive co-creation to tackle challenges
21:00 – Drinks!

Through the Young Impactmakers community, Impact Hub Amsterdam, Starters4Communities and partners support talented young people who want to do good while doing business, either by starting their own impact enterprise or by collaborating with organisations working towards a better world.

In addition to hosting sessions every second Tuesday of the month at the Impact Hub, Young Impactmakers gives you everything you need to take your talent and ambition to the next level – from hands-on workshops and matchmaking events, to a strong network, problem-solving power, a testing stage, bootcamps, dinners and more!

To get our latest news and opportunities, and meet other Young Impactmakers, join our Facebook group >

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SDG Meetup | SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

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In the March edition of our monthly SDG Meetup, we'll be focusing on SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.

Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law, are essential for achieving sustainable development. That’s why SDG 16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.


TYKN is a startup that is protecting access to human rights through digital identities by helping organisations validate the existence of millions of people. Tykn's digital identity platform allows public and private institutions to issue and verify digital identity credentials. It’s an innovative way to share and request personal data proofs. Users are provided with an app, a digital identity wallet, that works on every mobile device and allows them to digitally access services from those institutions in a private and secure manner. Founder Tey El-Rjula will share the inspiring journey of Tykn and how it contributes to SDG 16.

MASTERPEACE is an award-winning, global grassroots nonprofit movement present in more than 40 countries. It aims to mobilize people around the world to use their talent and energy for peace-building and togetherness. Through music, sports, arts and dialogue, MasterPeace focuses on actively engaging people around the world in peace-building actions and leads the way to a more sustainable world with less (armed) conflict.

WO = MEN: As March is the month of International Women’s Day, WO = MEN (women equals men), will create a mobile pop-up experience that allows everyone to dive into the head of a woman or a man. WO=MEN, the Dutch Gender Platform, is an association that puts the unequal power relationships and dynamic between women and men worldwide on the map with an ever-growing unique mix of organizations and individuals. Gender inequality is both a violation of human rights and an obstacle to sustainable development.


19:00 Entrance (grab a drink)
19:30 – 21:30 Event (learn-innovate-participate)
21:30 – 22:00 Networking Drinks
22:00 End


The Sustainable Development Goals Meetup is a monthly meetup powered by SDG House Residents Impact Hub Amsterdam and C-Change.

The SDG Meetup series provides a continuous engagement opportunity to accelerate solutions per SDG and develop shared knowledge and resources. It is also an accessible collaboration platform for established organisations, impact entrepreneurs, SMEs, institutions and independent professionals who want to learn about and work on the SDGs in an entrepreneurial way.

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