Organising Your SIF: A Step-by-Step Guide
Welcome to the Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) Guide, designed to help you create your own one-day event aimed at promoting innovative solutions for a more sustainable society. Whether you're an entrepreneur, policymaker, researcher, or enthusiast, this guide will assist you in organising a successful SIF. Our approach is action-oriented, focused on driving real change in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Step 1: Defining Your SIF
Purpose: SIF is all about addressing pressing challenges related to the SDGs through innovative solutions. Start by defining the problem or challenge you want to tackle.
Identify Innovative Solutions: Research and identify existing innovative solutions that align with your chosen theme. These solutions should have the potential to drive sustainable development.
Stakeholder Mapping: Identify potential investors, customers, and other stakeholders connected to the solutions you plan to showcase.
Action Plan: Develop a clear plan on how you intend to translate the outcomes of the SIF into concrete action. What changes or initiatives do you hope to kickstart?
Step 2: Gaining Approval
Leadership Council Approval: Seek permission from the Leadership Council (LC) of your regional SDSN chapter (e.g., SDSN Northern Europe) to proceed with your SIF. Contact your Network Manager.
Step 3: Assembling Your Advisory Panel
Formation: Collaborate with the SDSN secretariat to form an Advisory Panel. This panel should primarily consist of researchers or experts in the field relevant to your SIF.
Responsibilities: The Advisory Panel's responsibilities include:
- Creating a background document outlining the problem and specifying solution requirements.
- Evaluating contributions from entrepreneurs/innovators and providing feedback.
- Ensuring the solutions you invite align with the SDGs and exhibit qualities like being transformative, holistic, and scalable.
Step 4: Engaging Entrepreneurs/Innovators
Invitations: Extend invitations to entrepreneurs and innovators whose solutions align with your chosen theme.
SDG Impact Assessment: Tell participating entrepreneurs/innovators to complete an SDG Impact Assessment in the SDG Impact Assessment Tool.
Step 5: Inviting Stakeholders
Identify Key Stakeholders: Identify and invite various stakeholders critical to the success of your SIF, including potential investors, customers, policymakers, representatives from the business sector, academia, research institutes, and NGOs.
Step 6: Event Logistics
Venue and Meals: Secure a suitable conference facility and arrange for meals.
Financial Support: If available, explore financial contributions from your regional SDSN chapter to support the event.
Invitations: Send out invitations to all stakeholders well in advance of the event.
Step 7: Implementing Your SIF
Event Day: Conduct your SIF meeting, fostering rich discussions, and collecting valuable insights.
Post-Event Evaluation: After the meeting, perform a brief evaluation to assess the impact and gather feedback.
Step 8: Transforming Results into Action
Collaborate with Stakeholders: Collaborate with stakeholders to determine how the insights and outcomes from the SIF can be translated into tangible actions or initiatives.
Initiate Follow-Up Activities: Initiate follow-up activities with support from your regional SDSN secretariat to drive the implementation of solutions presented at the event.
Share Results: Share the results and discussions with a broader audience, such as by publishing them on your regional SDSN chapter's website.