Design Thinking Workshop Survey

Thank you again for your participation and contribution to our first Design Thinking Workshop. We have gathered your project description sheets and can’t wait to take the next steps with you. We will now  jointly evaluate the propositions. Our objective is to elect 3-4 most viable propositions and to form focus groups for them.

Each focus group shall develop one tangible, actionable concept. Think starting a company. This requires a sound concept, a market and product-market fit, and needs to be profitable to attract investments and streamline impact generation with market forces. The Geneva impACTs process means creating new impact by causing new start-ups to be founded and funded. And it all starts with the evaluation exercise below.

So, please take your time to look at each proposition:

  • if it is actionable and not just a political initiative,
  • if it can be commercialised, i.e., you can imagine a focus group can identify sellable products or services for that proposition,
  • if a company can operate it in a profitable, self-sustained way,
  • if it has the highest potential of all projects to create impact and will be able to remedy one of the most pressing needs in our society,

  • if such project can attract equity investors, i.e., those who want to invest into impact generation and also expect some return on their investment.

And finally, kindly let us know whether you would be interested in potentially joining a focus group for that topic.

You can find the project sheets from the design thinking workshop here:

Help us to realise the best impact projects!

Project 1 - Education

In our digitized world pupils and young scholars tend to have a theoretical approach towards nature-related aspects and are often detached from the basic material of life. Also we live in an age of competition and declining multilateralism. One example of global collaboration is Wikipedia where mankind is sharing knowledge. #WikiAct is supposed to go one step further and create proactive and visible social impact. It connects local urban schools and universities, involving the Secretary of Education with UNESCO and the Ministries of Education. Its mission is to share the idea for a multi-level Educational Compact on Environmental Protection, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development and help raise the necessary funds.

Strongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Has actionable, concrete steps
Can be commercialised
Can operate self-sustained / profitable
Can attract equity investors
Has the highest potential of all projects to create impact
Will be able to remedy one of the most pressing needs in our society
I can imagine contributing to this focus group


Project 2 - Transparency & Tracing

To increase transparency and tracking for ingredients and materials of products and packaging, but also to facilitate their decomposition and recycling, this project proposes to build a global database and system similar to the safety data sheets (SDS). A SAAS (software as a service) and API licenses to manage and research on materials, products, and recycling instructions could be a lucrative business. #built2recycle

Strongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Has actionable, concrete steps
Can be commercialised
Can operate self-sustained / profitable
Can attract equity investors
Has the highest potential of all projects to create impact
Will be able to remedy one of the most pressing needs in our society
I can imagine contributing to this focus group


Project 3 - Local economy and bio farming

Better prices for local producers and higher product quality require a sustainable framework. Therefore, this project suggests to develop of a new platform that promotes a farm-2-fork trading approach. A BuyBioSuisse App could connect local communities to their local producers. The goal is to directly connect all players while reducing intermediaries and promoting fairer commercial relationships.

Strongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Has actionable, concrete steps
Can be commercialised
Can operate self-sustained / profitable
Can attract equity investors
Has the highest potential of all projects to create impact
Will be able to remedy one of the most pressing needs in our society
I can imagine contributing to this focus group


Project 4 - Stop GDP as a growth measure

GDP as a measure is based on the belief of infinite growth beyond planetary boundaries. We reward all worst of growth including weapons proliferation, mining, wastage. At the same time today’s sustainability ratings mainly reflect what companies do but not what their products or services are about. The flexibility of Artificial Intelligence (AI) allows the construction of versatile monitoring tools to provide alternative sustainability measures. AI can enable those indices to be contextualized to regional constraints and include publicly available information about companies which is not part of traditional impact reports. AI-based data could provide a more objective view besides the subjective information CSR departments publish and what is to date sourced 1:1 into ESG ratings.

Strongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Has actionable, concrete steps
Can be commercialised
Can operate self-sustained / profitable
Can attract equity investors
Has the highest potential of all projects to create impact
Will be able to remedy one of the most pressing needs in our society
I can imagine contributing to this focus group


Project 5 - Fair climate trade

Climate trade is confronted with a range of issues. From double accounting to creating negative incentives, the resulting impact is often negative. Many climate projects aim to source their income from certificates they generate, but they suffer from the current reputation of certificate trading being used as a disproportional excuse for emissions elsewhere. The aim is to develop a fair trade standard certification that sustainable projects should use if they seek to gain income from climate action and trade. The project will provide the means to track, trace, validate and verify fair climate trade.

Strongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Has actionable, concrete steps
Can be commercialised
Can operate self-sustained / profitable
Can attract equity investors
Has the highest potential of all projects to create impact
Will be able to remedy one of the most pressing needs in our society
I can imagine contributing to this focus group


Project 6 - Tokenisation of Whales

Nature can help combat climate change. Some natural processes are removing CO₂ from the atmosphere and animals like blue whales can help reduce emissions. If a whale is not killed to trade its meat and if its population is allowed to grow, the whole ecosystem benefits: Plankton will be able grow (fertilized by the whales’ excrement) and absorb CO₂. So do blue whales - the largest animals ever known to have lived on earth - who stock CO₂ in their body and burry it at the bottom of the sea when they die naturally. Making the economic value of protecting this mammals visible, could lead to their protection. Carbon emission certificate trading (e.g. using the European trading system ETS) could be used to finance measures to protect blue whales.

Strongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Has actionable, concrete steps
Can be commercialised
Can operate self-sustained / profitable
Can attract equity investors
Has the highest potential of all projects to create impact
Will be able to remedy one of the most pressing needs in our society
I can imagine contributing to this focus group


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