Catalysing Change Week | 3-7 May 2021

Connect. Celebrate. Accelerate.

Catalysing Change Week – Virtual Sessions

Sessions this year will revolve around the three themes:

Connect. Celebrate. Accelerate.

The programme will feature five days of online ‘Catalysing Change’ sessions. Social innovators will share their systems change work with other participants, and create partnerships across countries, regions and sectors.

Catalysing Change Week is an entrepreneur-led, online event for which members have been independently curating their sessions. To make the week as inclusive as possible, we have chosen to use Zoom for our events which means that you need to register individually for all the sessions you’d like to attend.

Please feel free to register to attend these live virtual sessions, or to check back later for video recordings of sessions you may want to catch up on.

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Systemic Constellation: what collaboration challenges do you face?

Jenny Plaister (10 Consulting)

Systemic constellations help stakeholders surface new perspectives and embodied insights from a system. Participants take on the role of different actors in the system. This interactive experience will illuminate some barriers to collaboration, and then move towards potential solutions.

TAGS: Systemic Tools

How solutions journalism can amplify your work, and accelerate progress on the SDGs

1. David Bornstein (Solutions Journalism Network)

The SDGs cannot be achieved without sharing knowledge and building the political will to make change happen. The Solutions Journalism Network trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems that have shown promise or demonstrated success. Join this session to learn what the network is, what journalists look for in sourcing solutions stories, and how stories can be told to drive social impact and equity.

TAGS: Journalism

Going to Waste: The Global Flows of Textile Waste

1. Wilma Rodrigues (Saahas Zero Waste), 2. Ann Runnel (Reverse Resources), 3. Tanushri Shukla (CAIF)

CAIF's animated film "Going to Waste" depicts the journey of a T-shirt to map the textile waste ecosystem in India. With this, we hope to engage the industry on the need for a collaborative ecosystem level intervention that is inclusive of the workers at the bottom of the pyramid.

TAGS: Fashion

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 12. Responsible Consumption and Production 17. Partnerships for the Goals

De-risking and Redefining the Funding Paradigm

1. Kavita Anand (Founder-Director Adhyayan Quality Education Foundation), 2. Deepa Varadarajan (Founder Pramiti Philanthrophy), 3. Dilshad Mehershahi (Co-founder Mann), 4. Meagan Fallone (CEO Barefoot College International), 5. Natasha Joshi (Associate Director Rohini Nilekani Philanthrophies), 6. Eme Iniekung (Program Coordinator Philantrophy Circuit), 7. Rachel Lewis (Investment Director Kiva)

The transference of money toward pandemic efforts has highlighted the fragility and vulnerability of SE's who have created dependent financial models. This begs the questions, what does it take for communities to become self-sufficent? and how can we desrisk and redefine our own operating models as part of shifting the funding paradigm?

TAGS: Localisation IBG, Funding

17. Partnerships for the Goals

El Arte de Cuidar la las personas mayores

Yndira Diaz Maluenga (Resiliencia Activa)

Para formar parte de la nueva generación de cuidadores a partir del 2020, nos hemos orientados a reforzar el concepto de promotores de la vejez como un tiempo de nuevas oportunidades para aprender cosas nuevas, crecer como seres humanos, capitalizar experiencias y fortalecer nuestros lazos sociales y el aporte que como individuos podamos prestar a nuestro entorno y la sociedad.

From Youth Perspectives to Youth Empowerment – Part 2

Nidhi Kanaujia (Study Hall Foundation), Kenneth Kwok (KidsforSDGs), Alex Lee (KidsforSDGs), Almaaz Mudaly (Youth Climate Action Plan), Sagarika Sriram (Kids4aBetterWorld), Alvin Wong (KidsforSDGs)

Policy and applied frameworks to implement youth empowerment session 1

TAGS: Youth

3. Good Health and Well-being 4. Quality Education 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Systems Change for Social Impact: Engaging your Audience with Experiential Tools

1. Debbi Brock (Social Change Innovators), 2. Sue Chui (Hang Sang University), 3. Denise Crossan (Swarthmore College), 4. Gorgi Krlev (University of Heidelberg), 5. Saleha Khumawala (SURE, University of Houston)

This interactive session will use the Innovative Educators report to cover five ways of teaching, learning, and assessment for an interactive course, workshop or programme. Participants will leave the session with social innovation experiential learning exercises, systems change learning tools, and access to teaching materials to apply to your social innovation programme tomorrow!

TAGS: Learning, Academia

4. Quality Education

Innovative Solutions for Vaccine Inequity

1. Rana Dajani (We Love Reading, Society for advancement of science and technology in the Arab world), 2. Purnima Ranawat (#COVIDActionCollab, Swasti), 3. Covax Facility (TBC),
4. Mahali Hlasa (Riders for Health)

In this session we explore the following questions relating to the distribution of COVID19 vaccines: How can we, social entrepreneurs, collaborate to contribute to greater vaccine equity? What cross sectoral innovations and unlikely solutions are already being worked upon and what more is possible?

TAGS: Covid-19, IBG Health

3. Good Health and Well-being 10. Reduced Inequality 17. Partnerships for the Goals


1. Jim Fruchterman (Tech Matters), 2. Dee Luo (Tech Matters)

Attendees will learn about the benefits of building and using cloud-based SaaS technology. Attendees will also learn how Tech Matters and a coalition of national child helplines co-created a modern, open-source platform for the crisis response field.

TAGS: Digital Technology

3. Good Health and Well-being 5. Gender Equality 10. Reduced Inequality

Women who feed the world

1. Cherrie Atilano (GrowHer & AGREA), 2. Mark Brand (A Better Life Foundation), 3. Teresa Corcao (Instituto Maniva), 4. Nicola Gryczka (Social Gastronomy Movement), 5. Charles Michel (Activist and Food Educator), 6. Rosemary Okello-Orlale (Strathmore University Business), 7. Sarah Roversi (Moderator, Future Food Institute)

The global population is sustained by SME farms in the global south, which are predominantly kept by women. Thereby, there is no food security without women’s empowerment. This panel will bring together practitioners who work at the intersections of food, economic empowerment, technology, and gender to build resilient and equitable food systems.

TAGS: Food Security IBG, Inclusiveness, Gender

2. Zero Hunger 5. Gender Equality 10. Reduced Inequality

How can social entrepreneurs help the UN to achieve the SDGs?

1. Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), 2. Sue Riddlestone (Bioregional), 3: Vic Van Vuuren (UNTFSSE)

Senior leaders in UN agencies and social entrepreneurs will share their experiences of successful joint working and also where challenges have been faced. The governance issues that stand in the way will be explored, and the potential through the increasing recognition of the social and solidarity economy. The panel will explore and develop some simple recommendations on how we can work together more effectively to meet the challenge of achieving the SDGs by 2030.

TAGS: UN, policy, Multilaterals

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