This year, the ASA Kaleidoskop took place at an ecological farm and venue in Berlin, the “Domäne Darlem”. It was an opportunity for alumni, participants and partners of the ASApreneurs program to discuss and network among like-minded guests.
“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the private sector: Chances and contributions” was the title and subject of this years Kaleidoskop. In September 2015, 17 SDG indicators were formulated by the UN member states with the participation of a wide range of relevant stakeholders – including the private sector. They are therefore ascribed a high level of legitimacy. The SDGs aim to encourage a process of transformation towards a fairer world and a more sustainable economy in both the global South and North.
On the first day of the Kaleidoskop, the main focus was set on sustainable development and economies. Keynotes focusing on these topics were held by Anja Wagner, Head of Division at the BMZ, and Carsten Friedland from SAP, a software producing company and a partner of ASApreneurs. The subsequent discussion was led by the question of what even small NGOs could do to contribute to a development towards more sustainability. In the evening, everybody could join in the rhythms of Gabriel Hahn’s Body Music and test their musical talents.
The second day had a special learning focus. Participants could choose between three workshops that dealt with different aspects of the SDGs, namely “relations and contradictions of SDGs”, “SDGs and gender quality” and “SDGs and global partnerships”. After these sessions you could either decide to grasp a lung of fresh air, have lunch and network with others, explore the marketplace of ASApreneurs partners or contribute to the Open Space, where everyone had the opportunity to bring up own topics.
On both days, participants of ASApreneurs Autumn School as well as ASApreneurs partners presented their projects through pitches of five minutes each. The event was ended by a raffle and an acceptance speech, concluding the evening with dinner, networking opportunities and nice chats.