Monday, Sep 27 2021
From Network to Ecosystem

From Network to Ecosystem

Four dimensions of integration

In London, Ontario we have an incredible number of people and organizations tackling issues in all the seventeen sustainable development goals. The SDG framework provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration and we want to promote the growing number of local champions and initiatives investing in raising awareness about the SDGs and creating an intentional ecosystem.


Local initiatives

Vital Signs

Based on the SDGs and aligned with Community Foundations of Canada's National Strategy. The Vital Signs initiative from the London Community Foundation (LCF) is the main example of a long-term effort to frame our most relevant issues using an SDG lens. The two main products are the biennial Vital Signs Report and the ongoing Vital Signs Conversations.

Vital Signs allows the Foundation to connect philanthropy with our community’s needs. A catalyst for change, Vital Signs inspires civic engagement, provides focus for public debate and inspires Londoners to dream of what London can be.


London Local Indicators

London Poverty Research Centre (LPRC) at King’s was commissioned by the London For All implementation team, led by the United Way Elgin Middlesex, to develop a framework based on the SDGs that can be used by different community partners to track progress of social, economic and environmental challenges in our city. Through a community-based approach, LPRC identified the initial set of local indicators based on 13 local documents and the input of 69 individuals from 41 organizations.

SDG leadership program

The local chapter of the u.lab global community started to use the SDG framework and brought together local leaders from health, education, social care, urbanism, technology, social finance, environment, gender equality, housing and many other sectors.

TheTheory U was developed by MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer and colleagues in order to create an action research platform at the intersection of science, consciousness, and profound social and organizational change.

Graphic recording of the Feb 20, 2020 session by Emma Richard

SDG Community Workshop

JP Bervoets, Vice President, Community Foundations of Canada, provides a high-level overview as to what the UN SDGs are and why they’re important at the local, national and international level. Recorded 2018-06-08 at Innovation Works, London, Ontario, Canada.

City Symposium 2019-2020

In the 2019-2020 series, each event addressed one of the SDGs. Each event features four speakers: an artist, a researcher, a civil servant, and an activist. Each speaker has 12 minutes to tell us about what they are working on and how you can be a part of it.


Local Network

Green Economy London

London Community Foundation

London Poverty Research Centre

Pillar Nonprofit Network


Western - Centre for Environment and Sustainability


National Network

Alliance 2030

Government of Canada - Sustainable Development Goals Data Hub

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

SDSN Canada

Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)


Note: if you would like to suggest an SDG initiative or partner, don't hesitate in contacting us at