Welfare professions and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We are calling for innovators among the students at VIA University College to renew and rethink their future professions through United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are an essential part of the future welfare professions. Thus, sustainable thinking is necessary for acting and working professional in a socially responsible way – regardless of your profession.
Submit your idea or solution and contribute to the use of the SDGs as drivers for rethinking your future profession(s).
This challenge is exclusively for students at VIA University College.
A workshop at VIA University College Campus Viborg will launch the challenge and give the participants an understanding of the subject of the challenge.
Submit your final idea or solution before February 22nd at 3:00PM. Include your recorded pitch in the submission.
A panel of experts will review the submitted solutions and select the finalists. The finalists will be presented for the management at VIA Campus Viborg, who will select the winners.
The winners of the challenge will be announced.
United Nation’s Sustainable Devolpment Goals have had a significant impact on a societal level. Both national and regional the public sector has committed to legislate and develop initiatives according to the SDGs.
But it is in on a local level, that the SDGs can be translated into specific solutions and initiatives.
Thus, it is necessary that innovation through the SDGs are initiated in specific contexts or practice settings.
The welfare professions are pivotal in connecting the SDGs with these specific contexts. Here, the SDGs can frame and strengthen the interprofessional work as well as initiate boundary-spanning innovations.
The challenges identified through the SDGs will often be complex, ill-structured and not easily solved inside a single profession. New solutions need to be developed in collaboration between professions, organizations and differerent actors such as businesses and citizens.
You are invited to present your best ideas to develop specific practice settings or professions using the SDGs as guidelines. We wish to be inspired in how to use the SDGs as drivers for change, whether it is raw ideas, strategic initiatives, practicesbased activities, artifact prototypes or something else entirely.
How to contribute to the challenge:
Form an interprofessional team of students to get different perspectives on the challenges.
In your teams define the context (or practice setting) you will be working in. You select a profession(s) e.g. nursing or social education and Public Administration.
Formulate and frame your specific challenge for working with the SDGs in welfare professions related to the context or practice setting you’ve defined above.
Identify the SDGs that addresses your specific challenge. Develop an idea or a potential solution to the specific challenge to rethink/renew your practice in the welfare professions
Your ideas and potential solutions may have many forms, including:
- Ideas to develop your professions
- Practicebased activities and prototypes
Address the rationale for your idea/solution and how they will be transferable to other practices.
To participate in this challenge you have to upload your idea/solution here on challenges.dk before February 22nd at 15:00. If you do not have a profile, please sign up for a profile here.
Please note that this challenge is only open for students at VIA University College.
Submit your idea to challenges.dk at the top of this page.
Your submission should include:
- A title and a short description. If you participate in the course "Interprofessional Weeks" at Campus Viborg, you should include your group number in the very beginning of the description – not in the caption.
If you update your idea while attending the workshops, please edit your original upload rather than creating a new submission.
- At least one visual representation of your solution in the form of an illustration or another prototype.
- A link to a video of a pitch for your final submission.
Your submission may include additional documents attached to to submission.
How does the Panel of Experts asses your submission?
You are assessed based on your ability to explain your idea, both in text and your visualizations, and your ability to create a compelling and sound argument for the solution and the value it could generate. Further, specifiy the SDGs your idea contribute to and reflect on how your solution could drive value to these particular SDGs.
Your idea or potential solution is assesed based on the following criteria:
- Is the solution original and new?
- To what extent does it set itself apart from existing solutions?
- Is your solution desirable?
- Will it really solve the challenge?
- Is your solution possible?
- Can it realistically be implemented?
- How costly will your solution be -- will the benefits be worth the investment?
- What are the most important desired outcomes and how will you measure success?
- How does your idea influence the chosen welfare professions?
- Which of the SDGs does your idea contribute to?
- How does the idea include different professions perspectives?
- How has interprofessional collaboration contributed to the solution
You do NOT have to answer all of these questions one by one, but please do consider them when developing your solution. That way, your solution will be appropriate, actionable, and deliver tangible results!
The challenge is based on UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
You can read more about the goals here
Population growth, climate change and increasing resource scarcity – everyone can relate to the world's challenges. At VIA, we have chosen to focus strategically on the Sustainable Development Goals and include them in our educational programmes and strategy as part of a strong social commitment. This includes both forming and educating responsible citizens, who leave their own marks on the world and entering into new partnership models that encourages local development.
This challenge is created across different educational programmes to students awareness and commitment to the SDGs in and between their future professions.