Recently, as part of the international Fab Lab community drive to encourage alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),  Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) board members and associates met to review  the seventeen goals set forth by the UN, to see which seemed most applicable to our location, constituents and capabilities.  These SDGs, says the UN,  are “a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. “

As the parent organization of AMRoC, FCDI board members reviewed and considered all of the UN SDGs, before committing AMRoC Fab Lab to three goals the board felt are within reasonable grasp of our fledgling fab lab, as well as in alignment with our nonprofit mission and focus, and complementary to work underway in the Uptown Tampa University Community area. Our three SDG goals are:

SDG 4: Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. At AMRoC Fab Lab we pledge ourselves to quality educational offerings that inspire and empower, creating agency and self-suffiency by giving youth and adults hands on learning opportunities that develop 21st century soft skills in communications, digital literacy and STEM engagement.

 

SDG 8: Half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty.  AMRoC Fab Lab will help foster economic growth and improve work opportunities by supporting entrepreneurship cabilities , access to training and certifications, and helping create new jobs.

 

SDG 9: Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is the primary source of income generation, allows for rapid and sustained increases in living standards for all people, and provides the technological solutions to environmentally sound industrialization.  AMRoC Fab Lab is a living example of industrial innovation, established in a repurposed infrastructure where we bring new value and purpose to a former retail space.  At AMRoC Fab Lab, we will contribute to the development of sustainable technological and manufacturing solutions, and leverage micromanufacturing capablities that bring manufacturing within reach of more people and small businesses.

We got off to a great start on all three of those goals with a visit from Tony Selvaggio of eSmart Recycling, which, in addition to salvaging ewaste, also refurbishes computers for youth educational programs.  Tony donated several desktops and lap tops to AMRoC, for use in educational programming and training.  Additionally, AMRoC will be working with Tony to pilot a youth entrepreneurship program this summer, which he created to get youth thinking about the business development process.

We’re excited about the scope of impact AMRoC Fab Lab can have on the Uptown Tampa community and look forward to getting programs up and running with our great community partners in June!