Our Mission Statement (or what do we believe in and why we choose to work together)

1. We believe that poverty is a human-made problem. Today more than 5,000,000,000 people* - around 70% of the world - are living on less than $10 a day and have limited access to education, information & opportunity and are more susceptible to disease, exploitation, social exclusion and devastating effects of climate change.

2. Most people believe that poverty has always existed and there is nothing we can do about it. Then there are those who are taking the road where struggle is guaranteed but the reward is an uplifted society, with empowered women, safer families, cleaner energy, vibrant startups and thriving communities of artists. We call this second group the “Sustainable Innovators”.

3. GoodFestival is open to anyone building a better world. A world with less hate, less greed, less division - and more compassion, more understanding, more collaboration. Any startup, established business, NGO, artist, artisan, business person, scientist, filmmaker, musician or writer - anyone who wants to collaborate with other innovators to build a better world. We actively look for evidence of doing good based on - What’s Good? - and only invite innovators, speakers, partners or sponsors once we are sure that the individual or the organisation is contributing to building a better world for everyone.

4. Our default setting is compassion. The very nature of any kind of selection is competitive, yet this can take form in different shades: compassionate selection, transactional selection, competitive selection. The first selection (who attends GoodFestival) is based on filling out a form and holding an interview by phone, where the innovator needs to provide evidence that the project is already live, backed by a team, and has a clearly defined mission and business plan. The second selection (who wins the PremaGyan Good100 Medal) is awarded to those innovators who collaborate with other innovators and are getting good done.

5. GoodFestival is Lausanne based and is held twice a year. Every edition is different. The 6th Edition of GoodFestival (6e) will take place from 8th February 2019.

6. We are a woman-led organization and we subscribe to a feminine style of leadership that is based on compassion, inclusiveness and also more forgiving. We actively seek partnerships with leaders in various organizations as well as scientists and entrepreneurs - who share our values. Thanks to the support of the City of Lausanne, State of Vaud, mySwitzerland, Swiss Global Enterprise and Swissnex, GoodFestival is now the world’s biggest celebration of sustainable innovation.

7. Since the launch of GoodFestival on 25th October 2016, we have delivered 25 days of events / 200+ hours of programming to 1,000s of innovators together with speakers from the WorldBank Group, UN Global Compact, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, digital switzerland, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Swiss Global Enterprise and 100+ other organizations / over five different editions:

GoodFestival 1st Edition, 25 - 29 October 2016
GoodFestival 2nd Edition, 20 - 22 April 2017
GoodFestival 3rd Edition, 17 - 21 October 2017
GoodFestival 4th Edition, 26 - 29 April 2018
GoodFestival 5th Edition, 2nd November - 14 December 2018:
+ Global Good Congress with EPFL Tech4Impact, 2 November 2018
+ Good Water Summit with Waterpreneurs, 6 December 2018
+ Great Women Leaders, 7-8 December 2018
+ Firestarter Summit, 11-14 December 2018

8. What’s next? With our partners, we are taking the GoodFestival global - via Ganga Summit, Varanasi, India and Palo Alto Summit, San Francisco Bay Area, USA in addition to the biannual GoodFestival in Lausanne, Switzerland - Spring & Winter Editions.

*Source: Credit Suisse 2017 (latest study on Wealth Distribution), Pew Research 2017; Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2016/17.

GoodFestival Team:

Friends of GoodFestival:
Sybille Freiermuth, Advisor
Lucy Antrobus, Advisor
Sophie Rochat, Advisor
Jack Church, Advisor
Jaroslav Guzanic, Advisor
Gwladys Booh, Advisor

Jeannine Srivastava, Chairwoman