We operate as a virtual laboratory of ideas, inclubating initiatives that contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.

Think Tank AlterContacts supports the Sustainable Development Goals

Our Mission

Together with the United Nations, leading international organizations and countries set an ambitious target for 2030 - to work jointly on Sustainable Development Goals and improve life on planet Earth. We fully support this intention. Through instilling sustainability mindset and adding the long-term positive impact to the decisions at the level of company, city and country executives, we can change the way things are done to a more holistic, conscious and safe way that will define the future of our planet.

AlterContacts acts as a laboratory of impact ideas. It is fueled by a network of conscious people in 40+ countries: inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, TED speakers, independent professionals, world-award winners, PhDs, scientists and researchers who graduated from distinguished universities, forward-thinking institutions such as the Singularity University and the Institute for the Future.

That allows our partners to leverage knowledge and experience on sustainable solutions for energy, agriculture, infrastructure, economic models, human evolution, nutrition and health, among others.

Our methods to achieve maximum impact using minimum resources are recommended by the United Nations SDG Good Practices Network as "an example to follow and replicate across the globe".

Among our Partners are local communities, municipalities, NGOs, foundations, educational institutions and sustainable, socially responsible businesses.

What we earn by providing our services, we use it to fund nonprofit initiatives.

Think Tank AlterContacts

We act as a virtual laboratory of ideas that develops practices for sustainable solutions, helping communities to become more resourceful, and shorten the path to a more prosperous world. You can read more about our Services here.

Non-profit Stichting AlterContacts Foundation

Our key initiatives are aimed at Eradicating Ignorance, Empowering Entrepreneurship, and helping organizations to instill the mindset of sustainability and system thinking to design solutions for a better world. What does it mean in practice? Learn more about our Initiatives here.


Think Tank AlterContacts was founded in April 2019. It is run by Massimo Mercuri, the Chairman of the Board of AlterContacts Foundation, and Julia Skupchenko, the Head of SDG Actions. Additionally, AlterContacts has an Expert Advisory Committee and a Volunteer Consultative Committee.

AlterContacts Charter

To confirm our commitment to conduct all our activities in a responsible and sustainable manner with well-assessed long-term implications on people and the environment, we have our principles, values, and behaviors written in the Charter. It is applicable to everyone who is directly involved in our activities: co-founders, board of directors, experts, advisors, members, volunteers, partners, and suppliers. Additionally, we have started the process of validating our Partner's commitment to the UN Ten Principles, to align the mission with a joint vision.

Transparency & Reporting

We stand for full transparency and report our actions regularly. You can find up-to-date tracking of our actions and in-depth reporting on our everyday contribution to SDG on our LinkedIn page and other social channels.

Yearly Report 2019

Yearly Report 2020

Yearly Report 2021

Contact Us

Let's build a better world together. For any questions, comments, ideas of cooperation: info@altercontacts.org

Achievements & Awards

EU Break Fellowship Program 2022

The co-founder of Think Tank AlterContacts, Julia Skupchenko, has been selected to participate in The Break 2022 Fellowship Programme with the project "mOther Earth" to revive rural Spain. The fellowship will create a collaborative women-led business movement to transform systems for the best and contribute to a stronger and more equitable European Union.

Together with volunteers of Think Tank AlterContacts, we won the Gold Award for helping small businesses during COVID in the 14th Annual 2022 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards. We were also awarded Bronze for the best non-profit response to COVID. Our efforts reached 75 000 people in 42 counties and 17 languages. It brought them hope, encouragement, and much-needed ideas.

Lockdown Economy Challenge: Sustainable and Innovative Entrepreneurship for Students has been recognized as a case study for Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities by SDSN. The program facilitates successful school-to-work transition. It has been implemented six universities, involving 400 students across Europe and Latin America.

In September 2021, the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business honored Think Tank AlterContacts with Grand Award as the Non-profit of the Year. It also awarded the co-founder of Think Tank AlterContacts, Julia Skupchenko with a Gold Stevie Award Winner in four categories: Woman of the Year; Female Thought Leader; Female Executive of the Year and Mentor of the Year 2021.

On 28 June, Think Tank AlterContacts presented the Lockdown Economy at the United Nations Conference celebrating Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day 2021. We presented insights on entrepreneurship during the pandemic based on Lockdown Economy, the field research from 330+ entrepreneurs across 5 continents, 41 countries, and 78 different economic activities. Showing what role they are playing in restoring the global economy!

The UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs has registered Lockdown Economy as one of the SDG Good Practices, Success Stories and Lessons Learned. Our initiative has become one of the "inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that are showing results and impacts all over the world, and several good practices can be replicated and scaled up to address existing gaps and constraints."

AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development was registered as a partner of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative. HESI was created in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The partners of the initiative are UN-DESA, UNESCO, UNEP, UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UNU and UN-Habitat.

On 30 March 2021, the Lockdown Economy initiative by the Think Tank AlterContacts was chosen by the Dutch representatives in the European Parliament as the national finalist from the Netherlands for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2021. For its contribution to promoting European and international understanding and providing role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

Social Innovation Tournament

Lockdown Economy Challenge was nominated for the Social Innovation Tournament 2021 of the European Investment Bank Institute. For its innovation in scaling social impact initiatives.


Lockdown Economy initiative is nominated for iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE which aims to publish and support projects that contribute to our society.

Hero of the Year 2020

On 20 October 2020, the team of the Lockdown Economy received the Gold award in the 13th Annual 2020 Women in Business and the Professions World Awards®. In the category "Hero of the Year | Helping Others During COVID-19".

Startup of the Year

On 20 October 2020, Think Tank AlterContacts was named the Bronze winner as a Social Impact Startup of the Year 2020 in the 13th Annual 2020 Women in Business and the Professions World Awards®.

Non-profit Organization of the Year

On 10 September 2020, Think Tank AlterContacts was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award as a Non-profit Organization of the Year 2020 in The 17th Annual International Business Awards®

United Nations Registration as an Acceleration Action for SDG

In August 2020 the Lockdown Economy was registered as an initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery efforts in the United Nations SDG Acceleration Actions with the hashtag #SDGaction36773.


Our proposal was submitted to the European Commission during #EUvsVirus online Hackathon of April 2020.

We track and measure our own contribution to Sustainable Development Goals. Our recent SDG Baseline Assessment - that reflects how aligned our operations and strategies are with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption - on SDG Action Manager by Global Compact received 88.6%.

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