The Innovators

Big Brainstorm 2023


All of the work undertaken throughout the Big Brainstorm is underpinned by eight Action Groups coordinated by the UN Foundation Next Generation Fellows: Climate and Sustainability, Justice and Peace, Jobs and Economic Opportunities, The SDG Summit, Transforming Education, Financing, Gender Equality, and Future Generations.

Each of these groups houses youth-led and youth-focused initiatives prototyped to solve real-world problems facing young people.

Now is the time to break out into Action Groups and explore, prototype and design the initiatives. If you were unable to attend the Big Kick-Off – don’t worry! You can still sign up to an Action Group by clicking here.

Not sure which Action Group you want to join?
Read on to find out more about each of the initiatives you can get involved in, and the Action Groups they belong to.

Climate and sustainability

In preparation for COP 28, how can we support, listen, and engage young people in decision-making discussions and processes about climate change, especially across intersectional issues on climate financing, energy security, food systems, migration, plastic pollution, and more?

Transforming Education

Building on the momentum of the Transforming Education Summit, how can we encourage national and local leaders to prioritize the “right to learn”, even during a compound global crisis?

Financing for young changemakers

Youth civil society is not thriving – and in many cases, not surviving due to resourcing challenges. How can we improve the quantity, quality, and accessibility of financing for young changemakers?

Future generations

There are fewer than 8 billion people currently alive, but more than 11 billion people are likely to be born during the rest of this century. How can we ensure that young people and young countries are in the driving seat in the lead up to and at the 2024 Summit of the Future?

Gender Equality

Multiple global crises have unraveled hard-won achievements on gender equality and significantly set progress back. How could we address compounding issues impacting girls and women and collectively identify and drive evidence-based solutions?

Jobs and Economic Opportunities

Young people are not equipped for a rapidly changing world. What investments must be made to propel young people into productive employment and decent work, with a focus on digital, demographic, and de-carbonization transitions that leave no one behind?

Peace, Justice and Inclusion

In a world fragmented by injustices and conflict, the path to true peace, justice and inclusion requires a local-to-global approach. How can we provide young people with access to justice, taking justice out of the courtroom and into the communities in which they live?

SDG Summit

Leveraging the collective action of the Unlock the Future Coalition, how can we put young people at the heart of the mobilization efforts as designers of the SDG transformation process and champions for the rights of future generations?