WORLD WAR ZERO
BY WAGING WAR ON…
POVERTY, HUNGER, DISEASE, CLIMATE CHANGE, UNSUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION OF GLOBAL RESOURCES…
ALL 17 ENEMIES OF THE U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (AKA: SDGs).
World War Zero is the brainchild of Simon G. Ionashku (the author). The seeds for the World War Zero (AKA: WW0) initiative were planted back in 2011 when I was attending the University of Memphis studying bio-medical engineering – an idea over 8 years in the making (time to take it to the next level).
It all started as a homework assignment in my intro to bio-medical engineering class. The assignment was simple. Pick a major world health problem and come up with a solution. “It doesn’t matter how big or how small the problem or the solution might be. Don’t hold back – think big.” – those were the instructions. So I decided that I was going to pick the biggest health problem in the world and propose a solution. I picked world hunger which is pretty much the biggest problem in the world… or so I thought until I discovered climate change.
Climate change is not just a threat to extremely poor, hungry people all around the world – it’s a threat to EVERYONE EVERYWHERE!
[ YES, THAT’S A LOT OF GOALS ]
STRATEGIC FOCUS: WITH SO MANY GOALS IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN INITIAL STRATEGIC FOCUS. WORLD WAR ZERO IS “ZEROING-IN” ON 3 GOALS:
SDG 1: NO POVERTY = ZERO POVERTY
SDG 2: ZERO HUNGER = ZERO HUNGER
SDG 13: CLIMATE ACTION = ZERO NET CARBON
So what is World War Zero anyway?
Well, in a nutshell, WW0 is both a reframing of the SDGs (to their idealized “Zero Goals”) and the most aggressive implementation of the concept of non-violent GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN WARFARE ever witnessed in the history of the world (Do I have your attention now?). Some might say that this war began in the year 2000 when the United Nations set the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of 8 major goals due to be achieved by 2015 (which mostly fell short, unfortunately). In 2015, the MDGs were updated to reflect the need for sustainable practices and the looming threat of global climate change. so they were updated and reworked into the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) – a set of 17 major goals due to be achieved by 2030. One could make the argument, however, that World War Zero has been raging since the dawn of human history. Much progress has been made on many different fronts, but much work remains to be done in order to achieve these ambitious sustainable development goals. One advantage of the World War Zero approach to the global goals is that since the framing of these goals is idealized (as “zero goals”), the organization is poised to adapt to changes to the goals such as when the U.N. changes the goals and objectives in 2030. For example, it was not very difficult for me to update and expand the goals within the the World War Zero framework I was building when they were changed from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. This, I believe, will provide more continuity to the global goals. In fact, World War Zero aims to become the premiere global citizenship training program with world class education modules such as Basic Training and Bootcamp. The Bootcamp program will strive to provide the sort of in-depth rigor that would satisfy a university board and compel them to implement our advanced training “games” into their curriculum. To acheive such a lofty goal will require buy-in from leading experts around the world, of course, and so we aim to foster as many positive relationships with these leading world experts by featuring them (with proper WW0-style accolades and honorary ranking designations) on the World War Zero edutainment show. Note: Edutainment = Education + Entertainment