How to Save the World? From UN’s Lazy Persons’ Guide to Young Entrepreneurs

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One of the main pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals is the pledge to leave no one behind. While it was the members’ states that have adopted the 2030 Agenda and committed to achieving it, everyone can take action and make an impact.
The United Nations have even made a guide for the lazy ones (see at the end of the article), so they can give a contribution to a better world. From the sofa superstar to the exceptional employee, this guide shows that small actions can have a big impact. Moreover, it confirms that when something is seen under the right perspective, there is a way to make it useful i. e. air dry. Let your hair dry naturally instead of using the hairdryer.

When something is seen from a different point of view it can be beneficial.
This sounds similar to one of our online training lessons, which teaches how to see solutions and opportunities in places or situations where others see a problem. Afterward, this approach can be used to think about entrepreneurial ideas or concepts that could help to solve a frustrating problem in a sustainable way.

Differently, from the UN’s guide for the lazy, entrepreneurship feeds on ongoing hard work, and innovative thinking. The latter can result in innovative and sustainable solutions based on existing knowledge, but implemented in an improved way.

People on poor and developing countries don’t have the financial resources, knowledge, or the time to invest in an innovative idea the same way as those living in high-income economies. Therefore, they need to adapt to every solution based on their knowledge, resources, and contexts.
The members of the Entrepreneurship Campus, especially youth have a huge role in promoting and building a culture of innovation in their communities.

The best aspect of sustainable innovation is that it can be applied in every sector, including agriculture, education, the environment, tourism, etc. You can start with the most frustrating problem in your area. Find out what is the SDG related to that specific issue and search in our competition or in the previous editions of the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition for a solution related to that specific SDG in your area.

You can take online training and join our competitions with an idea or project. The members of the Entrepreneurship Campus that join our competitions get a taste of the entrepreneurial life and find out if they are cut for entrepreneurship.

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World 

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  1. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition and online training are geared towards shaping our entrepreneurial mindset. In the course of the training, I learned about recombination, that is, combining new ideas or old ones together and turning it into viable innovative solutions. All of the training elements are channelled into the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals and what we must do to start taking action both as a prospective or existing entrepreneurs.


  2. The Lazy persons guide is worth sharing with my lazy pals. Its rich in ways of being sustainable both at home and environment. Every one needs to read and adopt this guide regardless of your income status to avoid unnecessary expenditures that outweigh your net income hence increasing poverty levels and inequalities. It teaches us to live within our means and use other adopted solutions to solve similar problems in our society. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This is insightful.We all need to take action towards achieving sustainable development in the world.There are too many problems facing our communities,cities and villages waiting for who will profer solution to it.

    A very close friend of mine UNACHUKWU INNOCENT resigned his job late last year to start an initiative called GREENBOX AFRICA, a project with a mission of lightning and powering up AFRICA with solar and inverter system.

    Today,GREENBOX AFRICA is already penetrating villages here in Nigeria solving electricity problem.

    Dear Campus Manager,please permit me to share this information with some of my friends.I strongly believe this will stir someone into taking reasonable action towards starting an IDEA.

  4. A few months ago, Kenyans learnt about how Rwanda has set a side a week that everyone exercises on the roads. Imagine no gas, no smoke, no engine roars . Just a crowd of people keeping fit and eating healthy. Lazy others, lazy us, we borrowed the idea to have a day where individuals walk to work the whole week. It’s ended just like it had started… Suddenly. We should be persistent. Innovation is patience, innovation is open mindedness, innovation is visionary


    26.06.2019 · Reply

    The change today is us and it has to happen in the head

  6. Nice update, thanks for the information.
    Vote and comment on my idea.

  7. Lazy people need motivation. Motivated people create opportunities.

  8. Another reason I felt the world needs me. I like seeing things differently and one of such is giving no thinking to impossibilities. I’d crossed that bridge a long time ago and it is my belief today that our playing small won’t serve the world. We need bold steps like FOPSIN – For Posterity Sake Initiative, Nigeria. Everyone must get involved. Serving the world is no one-man business.

  9. Online training is one of the great platform that helped us many in building our idea. Entrepreneurs are the greatest weapon that can make the world a better place in ensuring that we meet the sustainable vision 2030. Only an entrepreneur can identify the problem and think of a solution, they add value to what have invented already but as young entrepreneur we can only reach our dreams and achieve the SDG when someone is the to help us financially.

    Oshikulu cultural village and living museum

  10. Thailand’s rural areas (majority of the country) neglect healthcare because they lack technology and opportunity. Eyesaver aims to bring adequate eye care to all children across the country and eventually all countries in the underdeveloped world.

  11. Sustainable development offers an organizing framework based onopportunity and respect for human values. Innovation is about using changeto better meet human needs and values. The connection seems obvious although it is hard to realize in the absence of clear market signals and acommon language, especially since innovation can come unexpectedly “out of left field” and have uncertain consequences.
    Source: oecd[dot]org

    Ioannis Emmanouil Kosmadakis
    Founder & Chief Troublemaker of “fisea – Book your fishing holidays”

  12. I never really believed that there can be an idea which can solve many problems in the world just by one narrow. but as long as the Weview Idea pick me to announce that to the world, I start believing myself that by the end of my life time, the world in nothing like what it is now. it that time zone, many more people are enjoying goof life, good facilities, good opportunities and no one will no longer be ashamed or disappointed of where they born. in our future, anyone, ANYWHERE can be anything!!!

  13. Yeah through this campus everyone can learn how to be a sustainable entrepreneur. But i think in developing countries where people can’t change there idea into reality because of less resources. This campus should provide a great opportunity for best of them by helping them financially by connecting to some industries regarding that idea.

  14. “I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.” – Andrew Carnegie

  15. I want to reminds all my co-finalists to remember September 22, 2019
    Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both

    As a social innovation expert now, my job is to helps others create their start ups across borders. Ephraim Essien Nigeria Finalist Best Idea 2019

  16. I have never really thought about the future until Until two months
    ago an announcement was made at our school about one girl. She
    was seriously ill. She had cancer. A very aggressive form of it. The
    doctors in our country did everything they could for her. Still she was
    dying. Her only hope was the treatment that she could get in
    Germany. She needed minimum of 50 thousand Euros to be able to
    go and soon. The price of the human life. It’s a lot of money here. So
    her parents started raising funds wherever they could and
    eventually came to our school. Nowadays we have almost got used
    to such stories because after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station accident the rate of cancer
    among children in Belarus has increased 13 times. This power station is situated almost at the
    boarder of our Republic and right after the accident the wind was blowing north and carrying
    radioactive clouds in our direction So there are articles in newspapers, announcements on TV,
    Internet about kids dying of cancer who need urgent help.

  17. The wonderful thing is that as we decrease the scale of economic activity, we actually increase our own emotional well being. That is because at the deepest level localization is about connection. It is about re establishing our sense of interdependence with others and with the natural world. And this connection is a fundamental human need.

  18. ” I began my career as an economics professor but became frustrated because the economic theories I taught in the classroom didn’t have any meaning in the lives of poor people I saw all around me. I decided to turn away from the textbooks and discover the real-life economics of a poor person’s existence.”

    Muhammad Yunus

  19. Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

    Mother Teresa

  20. Green Ribbon is not just a social business in Nigeria but it has brought smiles to million of lives throughout Nigeria

  21. Campus Administrator really stirred GREEN RIBBON (2019 BEST IDEA) to be the mirror of the world best enterprise.
    Opeyemi, Lagos, Nigeria.

  22. Entrepreneurs are positive and patience in nature, they are not pessimistic and poor as we think.

    Ephraim Essien Green Ribbon Startup Founder 2019/ Best Idea Finalist – Nigeria

  23. The fact that the poor are alive is clear proof of their ability.
    Muhammad Yunus

  24. Why could not advantage be taken of a time of relative calm and quiet to investigate and try to solve a question of such immense and worldwide importance, both from the humane and Christian stand-point?
    Henry Dunant
    Christian, Taken, Trying

  25. It is a great honour for me to be “A 2019 Best Idea Finalist”: to follow in the footsteps of world-renowned thinkers and activists-many of whom, incidentally, I am happy to count among my friends and colleagues. An honour and also a source of great hope and strength: that an organisation as prestigious as The Entrepreneurship Campus should understand and value the role of economic localization in helping to create a more equitable and sustainable world. i thank you for your support and accept this global position as a finalist on behalf of the emerging worldwide localization movement; a movement that, I believe can not only help to prevent ecological devastation but also substantially improve the quality of life for the great majority of people on earth.
    Ephraim Essien
    Green Ribbon Best Idea
    Start-up Founder

  26. I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

    Mother Teresa

  27. “Live simply so others may simply live.”
    Mother Teresa

  28. Richard K. Morgan
    “A weapon is a tool,” she repeated, a little breathlessly. “A tool for killing and destroying. And there will be times when, as an Envoy, you must kill and destroy. Then you will choose and equip yourself with the tools that you need. But remember the weakness of weapons. They are an extension–you are the killer and destroyer. You are whole, with or without them.”

    ― Richard K. Morgan

  29. “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
    Mother Teresa

  30. “No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie

  31. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
    Mother Teresa

  32. “it is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” ~ Nelson Mandela

  33. “Peace begins with a smile.”
    Mother Teresa

  34. “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”
    Mother Teresa

  35. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
    Mother Teresa

  36. “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ”
    Mother Teresa

  37. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”.
    Mother Teresa

  38. Haruo Miyagi

    Founder and CEO of ETIC. (Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities). In 1993, while studying at Waseda University in Japan, Mr. Miyagi founded ETIC. as a nation-wide network of student entrepreneurs, and it was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2000. In 2001, he established ETIC. Social Venture Center, which has supported and trained over 1,000 young social entrepreneurs to date.

  39. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”
    Mother Teresa

  40. I take great pride in welcoming all the blog viewers to the last day of the youth competition winner’s announcement.
    I use this medium to say a big thank you to all the leaders in this house. Kudos to you all.
    I’m Ephraim Essien
    The Founder of Green Ribbon.

  41. “When the game is over I just want to look at myself in the mirror, win or lose, and know I gave it everything I had.” Joe Montana

  42. Six days to our 2019 entrepreneurship summit, l urges all 7 billions global citizens to visit this site and be a part of our sustainable and culture of peace

  43. “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
    Mother Teresa

  44. “God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”
    Mother Teresa

  45. Entrepreneurs are those who intersect a balance between social, economic, and environmental toward a sustainable future

  46. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
    Mother Teresa

  47. “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.”
    Mother Teresa

  48. “Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.”
    Mother Teresa

  49. As a 2019 Best ldea Finalist, l welcome ALL global citizens to our magnificent entrepreneurship summit 2019, You are ALL WELCOME!

  50. As a 2019 Best ldea Finalist, l welcome ALL global citizens to our magnificent entrepreneurship award ceremony day 2019, You are ALL WELCOME!

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