Most journeys have multiple start points, all of which are significant. If one point was missing, the journey would not be what it has been.

As the founder and ceo of Social Finance Systems, I share, with all Social Entrepreneurs around the world, a passion and conviction for personal, social, economic and climate justice.

Of the multiple starting points in the journey to SDG Coin and SDG Chain, perhaps the most relevant one is MDG Game, my personal contribution to the Millennium Development Goals that was able to come to life as a direct result of the support given by Ms. Haiyan Qian, who in 2011 when MDG Game was developed, was the Chief Manager of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) and Director of UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management.  During 2011, MDG Game was designed, built and launched as a result of a collaboration between myself, through my then non-profit The People’s Foundation and UNPAN.

Ms. Haiyan Qian is unfortunately no longer with us, having passed away in 2013. A very fitting tribute can be seen on the link at the bottom of this post.

Through the successful partnership with UNPAN, Ms. Haiyan Qian’s leadership and her dedicated team for MDG Game, came the inspiration to create SDG Game in 2015 as we were about to enter the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.  SDG Coin and SDG Chain represent the current phase of this important journey that now represents and can potentially include all people everywhere.

Ms. Haiyan Qian and Shā Zǔkāng, Under-Secretary General of UNDESA launching MDG Game at the Shanghai World Expo in 2012.