Objectives of the 17 Rooms exercise

  • Give members of the Concordia community an opportunity to engage with the SDGs
  • Seed new collaborations and alignments among faculty, students, staff
  • Deepen and amplify the impact of Concordia’s efforts related to the SDGs
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Concordia’s 17 Rooms exercise

Concordia’s 17 Rooms exercise will launch February 4, 2022 and continue on consecutive weeks over the Winter semester and into the late spring.

Participants will be invited by the 17 Rooms Planning Team based on individuals’ interests, expertise, and demonstrated commitment to impact- and engagement-oriented work.

If you are interested in participating in a 17 Rooms conversation around one or more SDG, please get in touch with the 17 Rooms Planning Team at seventeenrooms@concordia.ca.


The 17 Rooms format was developed by the Brookings Institution and the Rockefeller Foundation in 2018, on the eve of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, as a way to stimulate collaboration and advance the SDGs.

Brookings and Rockefeller convened participants from disparate organizations and communities to meet in their own “Rooms,” or working groups, to identify actions that could be undertaken over the 12-18 months. Emerging ideas were then shared between Rooms to identify opportunities for collaboration across different SDGs.

According to Brookings, there are three key principles behind the 17 Rooms format:

  • All SDGs get a seat at the table.
  • Take a next step, not the perfect step.
  • Conversations, not presentations.

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