17 Rooms coming to the University of Minnesota Morris

West Central Initiative will be hosting “17 Rooms” on June 12 at the University of Minnesota Morris from 10 am until 5 pm.

The goal of the event is to provide a process to help communities advance practical next steps toward local priorities for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event model was developed by the Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings and The Rockefeller Foundation with the fundamentals that all SDGs get a seat at the table, movement towards taking a next step rather than the perfect step, and be centered around conversations, not presentations. 

Participants will be grouped in rooms, one for each SDG, with leaders who will help guide the discussion. Each room will identify one to three viable actions to implement in the next 12 to 18 months. Ideas will be shared, and encouragement of collaborative actions and insights will follow. The organizers will compile the plans and insights and share them in a report with the goal of driving the action of the plans. 

Former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be serving as the honorary chair for the event. 

Those interested in participating can still sign up by visiting wcif.org/17-rooms-west-central-minnesota. Participants will be asked to provide their name and contact information, as well as to pick three room preferences.

The different rooms will be No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions, and Partnerships for the Goals. 

West Central Initiative Corporate Generosity Liaison Rick Schara told the Morris City Council last week that there were 180 participants signed up, and though the deadline to RSVP has passed, applications will still be accepted this week.