In April 2021, the Swarovski Foundation joined creative forces with the UN Office for Partnerships to launch Creatives For Our Future, an international mentoring and grant programme, to unearth and nurture the next generation of creative talent. The cornerstone of the Swarovski Foundation’s work is the Sustainable Development Goals. In turn these goals have been the anchor for the Creatives For Our Future program.
With a focus on the brightest young talents in design, engineering and the arts, the program’s goal is to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainable development. Creatives For Our Future builds on the Swarovski Foundation’s commitment to foster creativity that will drive positive change through cultural, educational and advocacy collaborations.
Creatives For Our Future is an open-submission initiative, to which creatives aged 18 to 25 of all nationalities were invited to enter ideas for sustainable innovation. The Swarovski Foundation received 400 submissions from 72 countries, from which nine successful applicants were chosen. They came from nine different countries, and represented a wide range of disciplines, including fashion, product design, biotechnologies, architecture, engineering and the visual arts. All shared a focus on sound environmental and human practices.
Embarking on the eight-month program in April 2021, and taking in a week-long digital summit featuring some of the world’s leading thinkers in sustainability and creativity, the cohort presented their final projects at a virtual graduation event in December 2021.
For more details about the programme please see the final report - link to the report.
“Creatives for Our Future provides an opportunity for co-creation of sustainable solutions to better our planet and our communities. We need young global leaders to harness their creativity to lay a foundation for new ideas and pathways to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals” commented Annemarie Hou, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships.
For more information: sfcreatives.org
More about the Swarovski Foundation: https://www.swarovskifoundation.org/