I am pleased to report on this platform about an event I attended last night in San Bernardino, California.   . http://entre.csusb.edu/content/innovation-challenge


It included students and young professionals competing for a $20,000 prize.   "California State University San Bernardino students, faculty, staff and alumni gathering to award a prize to the best cutting edge idea that will help change our campus,  our community, or quite possibly the world?"   or as we say in development work - small steps that lead to big changes'


The Annual CSUSB Innovation Challenge competition gives opportunity to team up, sharpen new ideas, and solve problems. The Event featured Open Pitch nights to present ideas, network, and form teams comprised of ANYONE from the CSUSB community, and compete for $20,000 in cash prizes at the main event.

I attended seeking to find the best Sustainable Development Goal ideas that had already STARTED BUILDING.  I was particularly interested to determine if the SDG Challenge had filtered down from UNGA in New York since 2015, and whether the innovation teams plans addressed Agenda 2030 concepts.  I can tell you, I wasn't disappointed.

As always, I am seeking feedback from members of this platform, hoping that being mobile based platform now will improve the level of communication.   Is anyone able to access this by email from your car as you drive down the street if an email alert was sent to you with this message?


100 & Change: The Finalists Live

Posted by wt48 Dec 11, 2017

I would like to encourage my colleagues on this platform to take some time to review a very exciting event on December 20.  https://www.macfound.org/events/200/


The MacArthur Foundation will through its  100&Change competition, award a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.  This link previews the 4 finalist and their separate visions for using this money.  


Is this an idea which the WBG members should consider replicating in countries where the majority of the 'bottom billion' are currently residing?  

I have been working on a plan to advocate in favor of people who need some help understanding what democracy is like...  Have you ever walked in mountains above 12,000 feet?  How many times have you flown over 20,000 feet tall mountains?  I need some help from my friends to put together an up-to-date SDG exhibit in Palm Desert, California on November 4?    Interested, love to hear answers to any questions posed below:


My question of the day is how to rev up a campaign collaborating with UNHCR in Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh.    What kind of interventions are required to address the issue of Rohingya in Bangladesh?



  1. 1.    How many of Rohingya are there in Bangladesh
  2. 2.    What is the contribution of Bangladesh government and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina towards Rohingya?
  3. 3.    How many of them are children?
  4. 4.    How many women are there?
  5. 5.    What is the national policy on refugee?
  6. 6.    How can the issue impact the Rohingya children in future?
  7. 7.    What is there education policy?
  8. 8.    What is the total area of Bangladesh?
  9. 9.    What is the population in Bangladesh?
  10. 10.What is the short-term requirement of Rohingya?
  11. 11.What is the long-term requirement of Rohingya?
  12. 12.What is the impact on environment in Bangladesh?
  13. 13.What kind of threat can they pose to national and community security?
  14. 14.What is the potential risk associated with Rohingya in terms of social, political and economic impact on Bangladesh?
  15. 15.What are the challenges for Bangladesh to deal with the issue of Rohingya?
  16. 16.What kind of skill do they have?
  17. 17.What can be the impact on international peace if the Rohingya are not reintegrated?


I was extremely pleased to review the April 2017 WBG Approach Paper 'Engaging Citizens for Better Development Results',   This IEG Evaluation of World Bank Group Citizen Engagement highlights the importance of the WBG to engage citizens in their own development.   It covers lots of ground about what has been done to mainstream citizen engagement.


12 years ago, when I was the regional head of UNHCR operations in northeastern Bosnia & Hercegovina, I was extremely supportive of its efforts to engage 'Youth Voices' in that country.  Today, I am attempting to foster collaborations (engaging human resources at grass roots levels) to bring new players to the table during Agenda 2030, in line with the objectives of its Strategic Framework to further strengthen operational engagements. 


The report emphasizes the important work at macro and policy levels over an extended period.  But as I commented to a high level UN staffer, certainly  ... "Everyone deserves an equal shot at economic opportunity but not everyone has access to the professional networks that can make this possible'.  Technological advances, especially cell phone and internet platforms are making it possible to '...  connect underserved communities to the networks, skills and opportunities they need to succeed'.  


I am posting today in hopes of engaging members of this platform in further discussions about ENGAGING CITIZENS: WHY AND HOW?  (a sub-heading in this paper, including points 12 to 15).  My objective is to discuss and gain insights into the 'types of activities and entry points' where 'supplemental assistance' might 'add-value' to current programming efforts.

I was pleased to meet with a Model UN group at a local Riverside high school yesterday.   I was equally pleased that the group's teacher is now a member of this platform.  Thanks Renee Day for the work you are doing. 


We are working together to validate proof of concept related to SDG17 and bringing new players to the table...


The Model UN members outlined an advocacy and awareness building effort to highlight the problems being encountered by over 60 million people today (many of them children and women).  I would appeal to other members of this platform who know of resources in their knowledge hubs that the Model UN students might use to make their advocacy more effective to contact Ms Day directly or place your comments below.


The video was prepared in 2014 when there were only 3 million Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons, the horror and nightmares, failures of humanity were highlighted. - follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIolTbJ_K5U   For their advocacy efforts to succeed in our local community, they need to have access to cutting-edge reports, videos and materials as they prepare for their May event. 

Excerpts from a post on LINKEDIN yesterday,

   Over the last month, I have attended a number of graduation and completion ceremonies, and had conversations with students (from 5th grade to university MBA grad students), who were completing another school year, and advancing forward. ‘Completion Counts’ is an important lesson to internalize early in life...

  Responding to student questions about the world we live in, as well as asking questions to help them ponder building skill sets to compete for the high paying careers in our global village, I often stressed the importance of learning, innovation and leadership.  I stress that American students need to complete as much formal education as possible, and plan their futures to include frequent global travel and living opportunities.

  I urge students to become passionate about public service, helping to speed up the pace  to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day, and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country (including our own).

  My personal testimonies focus upon personal experiences working with Millennium Development Goal 8 (MDGs - it is all about creating partnerships to move the development agenda forward to achieve successful outcomes, 2001-2015).  It is exciting for me to recall the countries where I worked to achieve very impressive results to eradicate extreme poverty, vaccinate and educate children, improve health profiles for the most vulnerable.

  2015 has been a banner year thus far, as countries prepare to come together for the annual United Nations summit in September in New York.  In its 70th year, the UN has been working feverishly, with country representatives from around the world, to prepare a global consensus for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to  the next 15 years (2015-2030).

  It has been extremely rewarding for me personally to have been involved with World Bank Group (WBG) efforts over the last few months.  Incredibly, more than 40,000 ‘ilke-minded people wishing to get involved in helping to make the world a better place’ have participated in on-line education using the WBG Open Learning platform.

  I have begun to use Google+ to communicate with others, gathering feedback and input from contacts around the world  (https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/100455444426884324097/100455444426884324097/posts/p/pub )  My goal, (to a more global international audience) involves building new partnerships and collaborations (both public and private sector) helping to make our cities and towns resilient to shocks. 

  My Google+ page “Addressing Risk, Boosting Resiliencies and Creating Prosperity” has links to a number of organizations that have given me guidance and help motivate me in this effort.  I’m currently seeking input from anyone who can help me to upgrade my Google+ page.


Who would I like to network with?

Posted by wt48 Jun 29, 2015

My target audience is like-minded people wishing to get involved in helping to make the world a better place.   Growing up, my heros were President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Morton Stanley.  I was a Peace Corps Volunteer and a United Nations Volunteer, as well as a career United Nations professional officer.  After retiring, I became a Globalization consultant.  With the internet and cell phone technologies, we can reach any two points on earth.  Beginning with Riverside and its 9 sister cities, I would like to help build networks between cities that address risks and create opportunities.


I have attached a recent World Vision report which provides 7 steps to citizen driven accountable for the SDGs...

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