Our super hero origin story
In 2014 over forty youth organisation and sixty employers negotiated a treaty with a majority of Dutch parliament to stimulate education for sustainable development. Advancing the treaty Green Generation - initiator of the treaty - conducted a lot of research among employers and educators to identify the competency gap for sustainability in practice.
Feike Sijbesma at the time CEO at Royal DSM quoted:
"We shall have to create a society where decission making becomes a balancing act between economical, ecological and societal aspects. As a consequence we shall have to make a transition to a circular economy now and for next generations. Sustainability will be an integral part of our society. Awareness and understanding are crucial to this transition and that starts by embedding sustainable development in education."
The follow-up of the treaty progressed slowly which indicated a lack of actionable perspectives for policymakers. Green Generation took another leap forward and proposed to test one million Dutch employees against the UNECE Competency framework for Sustainable Development.
Assessing and learning in one instance
This is where the concept for The Sustainability Games framework took off. An assessment framework to illuminate the societal gap by data, one million data points. But who would pay for that? The framework should serve another purpose to make it spin.
What if the framework not only illuminates the gap, but closes it at the same time?
Is it possible to measure and close the gap at the same time?
Yes we can!