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Are you interested in the world’s global problems and strategies for their resolution? Have a look at how you can get involved in this years Global Solutions Lab


the design cycle

This year’s Global Solutions Lab is getting closer! Participants are coming from around the world.  The challenge that participants will be confronted by at this year’s Lab is Human Rights and Human Development: Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030. They will have a unique opportunity to present their work at the United Nations in New York to a group of UN, corporate and foundation leaders. 

The 10th Annual Global Solutions Lab is June 22-30, 2014, at the United Nations in New York and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. Here is what happens: Participants from around the world are briefed by UN experts (from the UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, FAO and other UN agencies), learn a design and planning methodology developed by Buckminster Fuller and other scientists and designers, and then develop designs, programs and strategies that deal with one of the critical problems facing our world.  After the presentations at the UN, the participants work is published in a book.  To see last year’s acclaimed publication, check out Further details and registration information are at Partial tuition scholarships are available to qualified participants.

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 Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030

Human Rights and Human Development 

Join us for this 10th Annual Global Solutions Lab, June 22–30
at the United Nations and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Where we develop solutions to critical global and local problems.

Who Attends:

College students, as well as teachers and young professionals from around the world, who want to contribute effectively to the world. (Previous Lab participants have come from France, Spain, Germany, Georgia, Lithuania, Ireland, Turkey, Ukraine, Mexico, Venezuela, Haiti, Canada, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Nepal and all over the U.S.)


Global Solutions Lab


When: June 22–30, 2014

Where: The United Nations, New York, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

What happens:

  1. You are briefed by expert UN staff (previous speakers were from UN Development Program, UN Environment Program, UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO,  UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Population Fund, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN High Commission for Human Rights, and others*)
  2. You develop designs and solutions to critical problems facing the world
  3. You present these at the UN
  4. A book is published of your work.

Cost: Lab tuition $950. Discount for early registration. Partial scholarships available in special circumstances.

Sponsors: BigPictureSmallWorld,  Global Education Motivators  and Pacem in Terris

Contact: 302.656.2721

What you learn, do, get

  • Be briefed by United Nations experts on global problems and opportunities.
  • Learn about critical global problems that impact the lives of everyone in the world, as well as the opportunities associated with these problems, and what we can do to change the current situation.
  • Learn and use Design Science—a problem-solving and strategic design and planning methodology, developed by Buckminster Fuller and other scientists and designers, that will be of use to you for the rest of your life. You will work collaboratively to develop a solution to meet one or more of the UN’s post-Millennium Development Goals.
  • Present your work at the UN to a team of UN and other experts. Your work will be published in a book after the Lab’s conclusion.
  • You will receive a CD ROM packed with over $1,000 worth of the latest books and reports from the UN and dozens of other international agencies on the state of the world, communications, energy, food, water, population, education, health, climate, the global economy and other topics.
  • Meet others with similar interests, and work very hard and have fun doing it.

Cost, registration, further details

Cost of attending the 2014 Global Solutions Lab is $950. There is an early registration discount. Partial scholarships are available in special circumstances. Further details and registration information are at Here you will also be able to download the book that documents the work from previous Labs as well as see a short movie that describes the work of the Lab.

UN speakers at previous Global Solutions Labs have included:
• Kathleen Abdalla, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC)
• Dr. Richard Alderslade, WHO
• Mandeep Bains, UN Millennium Campaign
• Nazim Benchikh, UN Population Fund
• Suzanne Bilello, UNESCO
• Marcia Brewster, ECOSOC, Sustainable Development Division
• Margaret Carrington, UN FAO, World Food Programme (WFP)
• Florence Chenowith, UN FAO
• Albert Cho, UNPD
• Elisabeth Clemens, UNDP
• Ramu Damodaran, Chief, Civil Society Section, UN Dept of Public Information
• Ilaria DiMatteo/ Chief, Energy Statistics Section/DESA
• Ellen Gustafson, UN FAO, WFP
• Arunabha Ghosh, UN Human Development Report, UNDP
• Shamina de Gonzaga, Office of the President of the UN General Assembly
• Donna Goodman, Water, Environment & Sanitation, UNICEF
• Patrick Haverman, Millennium Village, UNDP
• Patrick Hayford, Director, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, UNDP
• Liz Hallett, UN WFP
• Bashir Jama, Millennium Villages Project, UNDP
• Kefilwe Koogotsitse, Youth Program Fellow, UN Population Fund
• Karoly Kovacs, ECOSOC, Environment, Energy & Industrial Statistics
• Julie Larsen, ECOSOC, Program on Youth
• Bettina Luescher, World Food Program
• Changu Mannathoko, UNICEF,
• Mathew Mcilvenna, UN WFP
• Giorgia Passarelli, Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights
• Gonzalo Pizarro, Policy Specialist Water Resources, UNDP
• Mary Roodkowsky, UNICEF
• Guido Schmidt-Taub, UN Millennium Project
• Vanessa Tobin, UN Children’s Fund
• Broddi Sigurdarson, UN ECOSOC
• Jim Sniffen, Programme Officer, UNEP
• Leonardo Souza, UN ECOSOC
• Friedrich Soltau, UN ECOSOC
• Sergio Vieira, UN ECOSOC,
• Lucy Wanjiru/UNDP Gender Team



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