ILO COOP contributes to the 10th edition of Collaborate for Social Impact

C4SI, the flagship program of Just Innovate, brings together Graduate students from diverse disciplines across Geneva to collaborate and co-create through experiential learning methods. ILO Cooperatives Unit was a challenge setter at the 2023 edition.

News | 10 November 2023
Founded in 2012 by students at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Just Innovate is a team of young professionals and students from across the world, who believe passionately in the power of communities to generate innovative solutions using human-centred design approaches to problem-solving. Working with the motto to Connect, Inspire and Learn, Just Innovate follows design thinking methods to provide a range of educational workshops to foster social innovation and effective problem solving. Collaborate for Social Impact (C4SI) is organized and held every year through the partnership and support rendered by its key supporters who make it possible for the executive team to design and tailor the experiences.

This year’s edition included ILO’s Cooperatives Unit along with UN AIDS, SDG Lab, International Gender Champions, International Trade Centre (ITC) and several other International Organizations as Challenge setters. Students in teams worked on challenge statements provided by the respective organizations through the process of Design Thinking and Social Innovation. The students attended workshops every Saturday through the course of 4 weeks to help them solve the challenge. The theme for the 2023 edition was “Reframing Sustainable Development: Continuities and Transformations.

The challenge statement contributed by ILO COOP was “The role of Youth in strengthening the Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia.” Students used insights from the ongoing phase 2 project strengthening the Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia to work on a mapping study of five countries that included India, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan .

The student teams presented their pitch to a panel of judges on the Demo Day that was held on the 3rd day of November, 2023 at the Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genéve. The panel of judges included Amb. Mr. Matthew Wilson – Ambassador of Barbados to the United Nations, WTO and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ms. Bénédicte Gilbert from the Canton of Geneva, and Mr. John Elbing - Storytelling, Business and Marketing Strategy Coach at Standpoint.

The event was attended by various representatives and staff from International Organizations in Geneva. Students from over 25 countries around the world used this opportunity to not only learn from each other, but also gained insights from mentors and workshop facilitators on international development and design thinking.