#GiveYouthAChance – Climate Action Philanthropy meeting at the Bay Aquarium in San Francisco on 14th September 9-11.30 AM

Young people are important change agents and need to be engaged in climate action as a special group of so called non-state actors. To be able to help the world to implement the Paris Agreement and to achieve the Sustainable development goals of Agenda2030, young people need concrete engagement opportunities, they need intellectual and financial resources/incentives and they need access to information and communication technology tools which connect local action with global goals and incentives.

The multistakeholder partnership GloCha is spearheading global large scale resource mobilization for the creation of the institutional and technological infrastructure for youth empowerment for climate action with its initiative #GiveYouthAChance Call for Resource for Youth Climate Action (campaign flyer: http://bit.ly/GYACflyer) which has been launched at the United Nations Climate Change conference COP22 in Marrakech in November 2016 (more info: http://www.glocha.info/index.php/giveyouthachance) and elaborated further at the .climate conference COP23 in Bonn in November 2017 (more info: https://unfccc-cop25.streamworld.de/videos/call-resources-youth-climate-action)  

photo: #GiveYouthAChance Call for Resources for Youth Climate Action launch at COP22; https://youtu.be/CwjaUkmBOOM

As the climate action leaders of the world are gathering at the California Global Climate Action Summit #GCAS2018 in San Francisco 12-14 September 2018 GloCha is providing a unique opportunity for wealth holders from around the world to meet, to demonstrate leadership in philanthropy and social imapct investment, and to make a bold announcement which will be heard by the whole world regarding Building the Resource Base for Multistakeholder Climate Action.

On 14th September 2018 9.00-11.00 AM PST GloCha Foundation New York and partners (e.g. Earth Day Network, UNESCO Management of Social Transformation Programme, Unify.Earth, .. ) are organizing an exclusive meeting at the Bay Aquarium at which resource holders will have a chance to explore with leading climate action leaders and youth representatives which philanthropy or social impact investment interventions would deliver the highest impact and coordinate actions in a synergetic manner:

  • youth empowerment for climate action programs (participation in climate governance, education and climate entrepreneurship resources) , in cooperation with leading youth climate action organizations (see COP23 press conference video)  
  • (blockchain technology based) information and communication technology infrastructure for multistakeholder climate action (a list of priority projects will be elaborated at the GCAS affiliate event on 11th September (https://www.glocha.org/2018/08/07/gcas2018-blockchain-for-climate-action-event-in-san-francisco/) 
  • a global climate education and communication platform (context to be presented by NOAA climate education expert Frank Niepold)
  • climate museum (concept to be presented by the SF Bay institute)
  • gamification: City Climate Olympics 
  • crowdfunding for a (GloCha) Global Climate Action Center in NYC 

If You would like to receive an invitation to the event, please send an email with an explanation on how you would like to contribute to the success of the event to polzer@glocha.info 


Youth Creating Global Change – A Celebration with Music, Message and Action at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, 13th September 2018

We – the global challenges action network GloCha – believe in the power of music and we believe in the great potentials of young people to help the world master the global climate change crisis.

Therefore we are organizing in the context of the California Global Climate Action summit 2018 the „Youth Creating Global Change“ celebration at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on 13th September 2018 8.00-9.00 PM PST .

free admission – donations welcome!

Live Performances by

  • The Human Experience Live set by David Block with special guests https://www.humanexperiencecreations.com/
  • SF Sound Meditation, Featuring Guy Douglas and Simona Asinovski http://www.soundmeditationsf.com/
  • New Village School Taiko drummers
  • The Seastars theseastars.org
  • Shivani St. George
  • Aliza Hava www.alizahava.com 
  • Aaron Ableman https://aaronableman.com/ 

With Special Presentations by,

  • Tua Pitman – Master Navigator, Polynesian Voyaging Society http://www.hokulea.com/
  • Amanda Ravenhill, Buckminster Fuller Institute, https://www.bfi.org/
  • Carin Winters – Mission Be

Featuring GloCha GCAS Youth Climate Music Call Winners

  • Arielle Martinez Cohen
  • Lisa Russel

See you at Grace Cathedral! Doors open at 7, show starts at 8pm.

You don’t want to miss stories of activism, education, and inspiration through music and art.

The event is being presented by IAAI – the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, a UN accredited not-for-profit civil society organization which is based in Austria in collaboration with the Ghiberti Center for Culture at Grace Cathedral and Unify.Earth. The producer of the event is the GloCha Global Challenges Foundation New York Inc, a 501c3 public charity organization which serves as the secretariat and joint program implementation body of the GloCha partnership www.glocha.org

The event aims:

  1. To showcase music (videos as well as live performances) which inspires, supports and energizes efforts for the global common good (and espcially climate action, like the California Global Climate Action Summit
  2. To give a stage and audience for stories of youth led civic engagement and action for people and planet
  3. To promote  a culture of low-carbon lifestyles 
  4. To present technological and institutional solutions for youth empowerment for climate action 

A key element of the event will be the presentation and discussion of  music as a means to inspire and mobilize society for enhanced climate action.

Info about GloCha GCAS Youth Climate Music Call 

The concluding highlight of the event will be the launch of the 2019 edition of the Global Challenges Youth Music Contest 

UNFCCC video report about the 2015 edition of the Global Challenges Youth Music Contest


Contact: Miroslav Polzer, executive secretary IAAI and member of the board of directors of GloCha Fdt NY, polzer@glocha.info, Tel.: 646 627 6408 and Ari Eisenstat, Ari.eisenstat@gmail.com  

#GCAS2018 Blockchain for Climate Action Event in San Francisco

Workshop and Public Event

Cooperation and Resource Mobilization for Blockchain Technology for Enhanced Climate Action

Date: Tuesday 11th September 2018, 1 – 5 PM (Workshop) and 6 – 9 PM (Public Event/Outreach)

Venue: Galvanize, 44 Tehama St., San Francisco, CA

organized by

as official affiliate event of the California Global Climate Action Summit

hosted by

in the context of the Austrian EU Council Presidencyhttps://eu2018.at/

in cooperation with


About the event:

Digital innovation and especially Distributed ledger technology (blockchain) can be very important enablers of enhanced climate action.

DLT and blockchain could:

  • strengthen monitoring, reporting and verification of the impacts of climate action
  • improve transparency, traceability and cost-effectiveness of climate action
  • build trust among climate actors
  • make incentive mechanisms for climate action accessible to the poorest
  • support mobilization of green finance.

To encourage exploration and eventual use of this technology in support of climate action, the UN Climate Change secretariat initiated and facilitated the creation of the Climate Chain Coalition. (see https://unfccc.int/news/un-supports-blockchain-technology-for-climate-action for more details) In light of the importance of the California Global Climate Action Summit for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and in order to tap into the unique innovation and technology development potentials of California, the Climate Chain Coalition is organizing workshops and a public networking event in the context of GCAS2018 to facilitate broad collaboration among all relevant stakeholders and in order to galvanize financial as well as intellectual resource mobilization for the creation of the technological infrastructure for multi-stakeholder engagement in climate action

Draft Agenda

Venue: Galvanize, 44 Tehama St, San Francisco, CA (floor plan)

Part I – CCC Working Meetings:

Time: 1 PM – 5 PM  Meeting Room:  Speakeasy

Tentative Workshop Agenda:

Part II – Public Event/Outreach/Networking/Reception

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM  Meeting Room:  Townhall

Opening Session (20 minutes)

  • Welcome by CCC co-chairs Tom Baumann and Massamba Thioye
  • Welcome by the hosts and sponsors of the event: Open Austria SF /Austrian EU presidency 2018 (additional sponsors to be confirmed)
  • Welcome by COP24 high level climate champion Tomasz Chruszczow (to be confirmed)
  • Welcome by Canada’s Climate Change Ambassador Patricia Fuller (to be confirmed)

Thematic I – UN Global Climate Action Agenda (20 minutes)

Massamba Thioye, UNFCCC – How Blockchain can support climate action by non-Party Stakeholders

Thematic II – Climate Chain Coalition (15 minutes)

Tom Baumann, CCC – Presentation of the Climate Chain Coalition

Thematic III – Climate and Digital Innovations Good Practice Cases (45 minutes)

Good Practice Cases (from CCC members and event partners)

(speakers to be confirmed)

Thematic IV – Resource Mobilization for Blockchain for Enhanced Climate Action

Presentation and discussion on resource mobilization for blockchain for enhanced climate action (20 minutes) – Miroslav Polzer, IAAI Klagenfurt, Ari Eisenstat, GloCha Foundation New York Inc., John R Seydel, Turner Foundation Inc., et al.


Networking Reception

Event Contacts:

About GloCha

Welcome to GloCha – the Global Citizen Empowerment System

GloCha In A Nutshell

GloCha is a multi-stakeholder partnership for individuals, institutions and UN agencies to collaborate together to act on global challenges.  GloCha creates opportunities for youth, social entrepreneurs and local communities to collaborate for a safe climate and just society.  GloCha initiates events, and convenes conferences in support of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), leveraging collaborations and technologies like apps and blockchain to improve outcomes.
GloCha’s three pillars are culture, technology, and organizational innovation. GloCha cultivates improved solutions to global challenges as a UN accredited NGO partner (ECOSOC and UNFCCC) with sister organization, IAAI (International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges).
GloCha is formed as a 501(c)(3). 

Our GloCha Theory of Change – Social and Technological Innovation to Enhance Global Cooperation

As we see global temperatures rising and planet earth’s natural resources dwindling it gets clear to everybody: the world needs deep systemic innovation – a combination of social/institutional and technological innovation – to master the growing global challenges of today and tomorrow.

The national governments of the world have elaborated in the context of the United Nations system an excellent global goals system – the Agenda2030 with the 17 sustainable development goals. But on global goals – like SDG13 Climate Action – the existing structures are not delivering results. It seems like world leaders have a good compass and a good idea of where we are aiming at, but there is no vessel/boat to get global community there.

GloCha – Harnessing the Power of the Global Citizen

We believe in the power of the global citizen – and especially the creativity, passion, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of youth – to tackle the global climate change crisis and to build a better world.

The aim of GloCha is to create the foundations for some kind of next generation United Nations system – a new bold collaborative effort for the global and local common good in which everybody is engaged and in which everybody feels to have ownership. The point of crystalization – the nucleus – of this new global cooperation and global resource management mechanism is GloCha – the multistakeholder partnership (as an implementation of the target 17.16 of the Agenda2030 SDG 17)

Sustainable Development Goal 17 – Target 17.16 

Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries“ 

source: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The main institutional characteristics of GloCha are:

  1. It is a multistakeholder partnership which includes UN organizations (for the time being UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Programme (link to video of our cooperation partner John Crowley), UN Habitat – Youth and Urban Economy branch (link to video of our cooperation partner Doug Ragan), and UNIDO – Productive work for youth program, link to video of joint event on social entrepreneurship and blockchain at UN HQ in January this year), national authorities (e.g. the National Youth authority of Ghana, video), youth organizations (CliMates, Global Youth Development Institute, Plant for the Planet, ..), cities, corporations, foundations and individuals
  2. This multistakeholder partnership has set up the GloCha Global Challenges Foundation New York Inc. as its secretariat. GloCha Fdt NY has the IRS 501c3 tax exempt public charity status and can thus receive tax deductible donations in the US. All partners have equal decision making power, IAAI/founding members have no special status except that it has a guaranteed right to participate on the board of directors (link to draft bylaws, work in progress). The GloCha Ftd NY acts as the resource mobilization and program implementation arm of the GloCha partnership. According to its certificate of incorporation its purpose is the „mobilization and sharing of knowledge, expertise, technology, physical space and financial resources for youth focussed and gender equality based achievement of peace, sustainable development goals and climate change action in all countries of the world and especially in least developed countries and territories.“
  3. The institutional and technical infrastructure of GloCha shall be administered everywhere possible based on global commons principles, meaning that all GloCha partners are co-owners of the GloCha assets and are managing these assets with a responsible mindset of managing resources on behalf of all humanity as well as for future generations

graph: backside of IAAI GloCha business cards

GloCha systemic innovation elements towards a next generation United Nations system (link to a recent presentation about GloCha)

  1. Technical innovation: A blockchain based information system and transaction platform (some kind of „Amazon or Alibaba for SDGs impact“) for the documentation (localization, measurement, reporting, verification) and incentivization (trading of certified SDGs impact and gamification) of multistakeholder action for sustainable development goals and in particular climate action/SDG13
  2. global institutional innovation (GloCha partnership and GloCha Fdt NY, see above)
  3. local institutional innovation (GloCha Global Challenges in every city and local community, a physical (co-working) space where (young) people get access to internet, to knowledge, best available technology and funding for local (social) entrepreneurial action that contributes to Agenda2030/SDGs
  4. business model innovation: Agenda2030 social entrepreneurship & sustainable energy entrepreneurship/climate entrepreneurship that connect local microaction with certified SDGs impact with global financial resources like e.g. Green Climate Fund (link to draft project outline)
  5. ethics/value systems innovation: Global Citizenship Ethics
  6. resource mobilization innovation:
  7. gamification – communications innovation:
  8. physical infrastructure innovation: We the Peoples Center / Global Climate Action Center in New York City – blockchain based crowdfunded real estate (envisaged partners: The Assemblage and Y2X asset digitization and trading experts