Inner Development Goals for building sustainable development skills


What skills and qualities are needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? Sarah Emond, CEO at By EMOND guides you through the Inner Development Goals framework, and Christine Wamsler, Professor of Sustainability Science, provides input from a research perspective.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created to provide a comprehensive plan for a sustainable world by 2030. The 17 goals cover many issues and include people with different needs, values, and convictions. The SDGs provide a vision of what needs to happen, but progress along this vision has been slower than expected. The Inner Development Goals (IDGs) Initiative was created in response to this issue, with the aim to support our individual and collective capacity to deal with increasingly complex sustainability challenges.

The IDG initiative is a communication project that provides a framework of transformative skills and tools aimed to help name, understand and communicate some of the changes that are needed to support a more sustainable future. The work is open source and accessible for all to use.

About Sarah Emond, CEO at By EMOND

Sarah Emond, former central manager for UNOPS Global Innovation Centre Sweden, facilitates the transformation of people and organisations to protect our planet. She is the CEO of her own consultancy firm and has just taken on the role of Director for the Science Center that will be established in Lund, where she will lead the development and implementation of the Center as well as manage it when it opens in 2025.

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About Christine Wamsler, Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)

Christine Wamsler has been one of the IDG initiative's scientific advisors since its beginning in 2019. Her workplace, LUCSUS, is a formal, academic partner of the initiative. Christine is a Professor of Sustainability Science and Director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program. She is an internationally-renowned expert in sustainable development and associated (material and cognitive) transformation processes, with 25 years of experience, both in theory and practice.

Read more about Christine Wamsler’s research at the Lund University Research Portal (  

Read more about the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program

Read the IDG Initiative Report (PDF)

About Rebecca Pryce Åklundh, Innovation Specialist at UNOPS

Coach in the Change Maker Future Track and innovation specialist at UNOPS. UNOPS has a strategic partnership with Lund University and is keen to focus on driving the SDGs with a focus on Future Generations.

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Sustainable Development Goals (

Inner Development Goals (

Theoretical foundations report: Research and evidence for the potential of consciousness approaches and practices to unlock sustainability and systems transformation (PDF)

About How to be a Change Maker Talks

This talk is one of the parts needed for change — inspiration! We invite guest speakers on the theme ”How to be a change maker”, where they speak about their exciting work to drive sustainable development. We also have Q & A:s with the audience and invite researchers to comment from their perspective, and act as debaters with the guests.

Read more about the Change Maker Future Track, a part of the Sustainable Future Hub.

18 November 2022


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Project manager for Sustainable Future Hub Martina Oxling