ALPSP Innovation Awards & Keynote Virtual Event

Last night we attended the ALPSP Innovation Awards & Keynote virtual event. Parking was easy, seats were comfortable, refreshments exactly to our liking… we would have loved to have seen you all in person though and look forward to doing so when it’s safe and possible again!

The keynote, given by Sherri Aldis (Chief of United Nations Publications), was an inspiring and engaging reminder of our role in the community as publishers. Aldis gave a powerful start with a recap of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and let us do the same for you here:

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

Covid-19 has had lasting impacts on us all and, for some, has sadly been a further barrier to us achieving some of these goals. However, what it has done for many of us is engender a sense of empowerment. We stay home to protect the NHS and wear masks to protect others. In this way, we see how we as an individual can act in ways that help on a wider social level. We want to do more of this and to learn how we can. The best way to learn is of course to consume and engage with powerful content and this makes our roles as publishers paramount. Whether we’re publishing scientific content to further research (GOAL 3), educational content (GOAL 4), children’s books celebrating diversity (GOAL 10), professional content developing careers (GOAL 8) or content exploring social / political ideologies and practices (nearly all GOALS), we are enabling individual readers to fulfil their desire for information on making the world a better place.

Another more positive outcome of Covid-19 is that we have seen a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases. This serves as a reminder of what we can do as publishers, and the ways we publish, to become more environmentally friendly. This could be everything from office practices – paper use, recycling, reduce travel – to the supply chain itself and how we source paper.

Whatever our job role or indeed sector of publishing we have a part to play in making the world a better place and giving it a chance to have a  better future. Actions we take as individuals as well as organisations will make a difference this is the decade to act.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted and the winners of the 2020 Innovation Awards!

You can read and watch more about it here: