Workshop “Youth Empowerment for Agenda 2030 Action through Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Social Currencies” 16 January 2017, UN Vienna

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Youth Empowerment for Agenda 2030 Action

through Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Social Currencies

(#YouthEntrepreneurship2030 #Blockchain4Good)

CPwofE WcAAruviDate: Monday 16 January 2017 09.00-17.30 CET     Venue: Room CR04, Vienna International Center

Organizers and Partners

 Aims of the workshop
  • highlighting the potentials of social entrepreneurship and digital social currencies (based on blockchain technology) for multistakeholder engagement in Agenda2030 implementation with particular focus on climate action (SDG13)
  • mapping of expertise
  • concept and implementation plan development for an “Agenda2030 Youth Action Marketplace”  
  • outlining recommendations for UN inter-agency cooperation on social entrepreneurship capacity building in the context of Agenda2030 and UN System Wide Action Plan on Youth


Tentative agenda (as per 11 January 2017)

Time and Room Agenda item
8:30 – 9:30 Registration at Gate 1 of the Vienna International Center

9:30 – 10:00

Room C04

Opening session (moderated by Matteo Landi, UNIDO)

Welcoming remarks by

  • Gerardo Patacconi, UNIDO
  • Miroslav Polzer, IAAI
  • Billy Batware, RAUN
  • Douglas Ragan, UN-HABITAT
  • Keynote speech by Werner Faymann, former Chancellor of Austria, and current SG Special Envoy on Youth Employment

10:00 – 11:15


Thematic Session I: Social Entrepreneurship, Youth and the SDGs

moderated by Matteo Landi (UNIDO)

Objective: To present the concept and a common definition of social entrepreneurship;

To highlight the role of social entrepreneurs and youth in achieving the SDGs across sectors.


  • Francesco Candelari, Social Entrepreneurship Expert, UNIDO
  • Bistra Kumbaroska, Regional Program Coordinator, Impact Hub Vienna
  • Lukas Hecke, Business Partnerships for Austrian Development Agency (TBC)
  • Okan McAllister, World Merit Austria
  • Zephanii N. Smith, Agents of Change Program Coordinator, SustainUS
  • Anita Živković, AIESEC Austria
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00

Thematic Session II: Digital Currencies/ Block-chain as enablers of youth social entrepreneurship, moderated by Minna Aslama Horowitz, St. John’s UNiversity & IAAI 


Objective: To highlight the use of Blockchain technology and digital currency as a mechanism

to empower SDG-focused enterprises to achieve sustainable development through

technology and the new, emerging economy.


  • Ari Eisenstat, UN Global Sustainability Index Initiative, Thematic introduction
  • Hallelujah Lewis, Mia C. Ross, Chiang Zhu, Chenjiazi Li, St. John’s University, International Communication course, Presentation of student research
  • Eric Demuth & Paul Klanschek, BitPanda, experts on Bitcoin
  • Aleksander Vidmar, Aquapreneurship, Ocean Conservation through Blockchain
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00


Thematic Session III: Elements for establishing the Agenda2030 Marketplace

Introduction “Global Challenges Youth Empowerment Partnership GloCha & Agenda2030 Youth Action Marketplace” and moderation by Miroslav Polzer IAAI

Objective:To present the core elements necessary to establish a global marketplace for youth action toward achieving the SDGs, including: impact evaluation, the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem, accessibility, blended financing and access to technology.


  • Roland Schatz, UN Global Sustainability Index Initiative & Media Tenor International
  • Tihomir Divjak, GoForeSight Institute Ljubljana-Belgrade & Abdrahamane OUEDRAOGO, IAAI Global Challenges Center Burkina Faso (video message), Empowering young social entrepreneurs in West Africa through satellite based internet access and local institutional and technological support
  • Douglas Ragan, UN Habitat
  • Marc McCaffrey, ECONGO Climate Change Education, Communication and Outreach Group, Documenting and Incentivizing Climate Action
  • Mr. Peter Šúrek,Head of Social Banking Development of Erste Group
  • Roxane Jurkovskaja, E4SC, Social Entrepreneurship eco-system 
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:15

Action Session: Social Entrepreneurship Design Lab, facilitated by Ari Eisenstat, UN Global Sustainability Index Initiative


Objective: Design a social enterprise for sustainable development using blockchain technology

  • Teams will be given tools to create a vision for the most innovative and impactful solution for the Global Goals
  • Social Entrepreneurs will give a 2min and 1 slide presentation on social, environmental, and economic value
  • Top pitches will be honored with SDG Design Award Certificate at the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum 2017 announcement

17:00 – 17:30

Wrap-up and closing(moderated by Matteo Landi, UNIDO):

Ravi Karkara, senior adviser at UN Women, co-chair of UN Inter-agency network on youth development  (video message)

Recap and open discussion about next steps with audience.


Registration (closed)

There is no registration fee. Participants cover all costs of their participation themselves.


  • Miroslav Polzer, International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI, Neuer Platz 10/I, At 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, polzer(at), Tel.: +43 664 4203648,
  • Mateo Landi, Industrial Development and Youth Employment Expert,UNIDO Vienna
  • Michael Platzer, ACUNS Vienna michaelkplatzer(at)
  • Douglas Ragan, Chief, Youth and Livelihoods, Urban Economy Branch, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT),

5 Guiding Questions:

  1. How can UN agencies, non-governmental actors, local and national public authorities and private sector create in a multi-stakeholder partnership framework a market for products and services of young people / social entrepreneurs who contribute to achievement of SDGs. (proposal of IAAI: “Agenda2030 Youth Action Marketplace” within GloCha Youth Empowerment Partnership)
  2. How can there be introduced a new global-local digital social currency that integrates science based, transparent and participatory evaluation, and verification as well as monetary and non-monetary incentive mechanisms (incl. games) for facilitation of globally coordinated multistakeholder Agenda2030 action.
  3. How can young social entrepreneurs get access to global financial resources in the field of philanthropy (e.g. The Giving Pledge) and climate change action (e.g. the 100 billion US$/year of the Green Climate Fund and certified emission reductions markets) as demand side of Agenda 2030 Youth Action products and services.
  4. How can science (universities, research institutes and citizen science) help to build the knowledge base for questions 1-3


The #YouthEntrepreneurship2030 workshop is being organized in the context of the
#GiveYouthAChance COP22 Call for Resource for Youth Climate Action initiative
of the #GloCha Global Challenges Youth Empowerment Partnership

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