Completed Collaborations

One of the strengths of the Catalyst 2030 network is the way in which our members can find new collaborators on the journey to bring about lasting, meaningful systems change.

The examples below show how our members have worked together to create tangible change, test ideas, and create new ways of working. These are our completed collaborations. To view other collaborations that are underway, visit the Collaborations page.

Completed Collaborations

Co-Lab: Desh Ka Bag

Collaboration Leads

Therese von Blixen (Independent/HM Queen Silvia’s Foundation – Care About the Children), Winthrop Carty (All Together Strategies), Poonam Bir Kasturi (Daily Dump), Kristin Peterson (Independent entrepreneur and Advisor to Google X and Mercy Corps Agrifin)

Participating Members

Anand Arkalgud (Socion), Therese von Blixen (Independent/HM Queen Silvia’s Foundation – Care About the Children), Winthrop Carty (All Together Strategies), Alberto Contardo-Sfeir (Empaque Sustentable and Wasteless Group, External), Purav Desai (Recube Circular Solutions Pvt. Ltd., External), Krishan Dhawan (Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry, External), Itika Gupta (Studio Carbon, External), Meenkashi Gupta (Goonj), Chakradhar Iyyunni (European Union School of Governance), Garima Jindal (Business Development, External), Poonam Bir Kasturi (Daily Dump), Harsha Krishna (Fields of View), Yan Liu (BOP HUB, External), George Mathew (Icarus Design, External), Jacob Mathew (Industree Foundation), Balázs Némethi (Individual, External), Mary Otieno (Siprosa Anyango Foundation), Pankaj Panjiyar (Doko Recyclers, External), Kristin Peterson (Independent entrepreneur and Advisor to Google X and Mercy Corps Agrifin), Aayushi Sharma (Individual, External), Arbind Singh (National Association of Informal Vendors of India, External), Cibhi S (Individual, External), Alex Todd (ReliablyMe), Niharika Thakar (Daily Dump), Daniela Tulone (ecoSurge, External), Varpu Vasko (Empower Eco, External), Savera Weerasignhe (Ananta Sustainables, External)

Issue(s) Addressed

plastic pollution, sustainability, single use plastic, leveraging fintech for the sdgs, circular economy, textile waste, livelihoods, reducing emissions

SDG(s) Addressed

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13: Climate Action
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Background

This Co-Lab was hosted by Poonam Bir Kasturi, founder of Daily Dump, an India-based NGO focused on how product designs and systems can create positive environmental impact. The Co-Lab centered around Poonam’s latest initiative, Desh Ka Bag, to design a circular, traceable, scalable system for reducing plastic bag waste in India. Desh Ka Bag is a circular economy project to create a self-funding, trackable eco-system to stop plastic bag use where it begins, at the small vendor. In May 2021, the Co-Lab brought together 26 experts across 10+ countries to develop incentives for actors in the supply chain (like the informal vegetable vendor, homemaker, the bag maker, the distributor, the customer) and integrate fintech and other technologies to support these incentives to enable a sustainable solution. The project has now gone on to collaborate with several of the Co-Lab participants (see Desh Ka Bag for more).

Outcomes

  • Two co-creative sessions between 26 collaborators across 10+ countries to develop a self-funding, trackable ecosystem to stop plastic bag use where it begins, at the small vendor
  • A resulting ongoing collaboration between eight of the participants who have since continued the project together (see Desh Ka Bag)

CoLab Desh Ka Bag Catalyst 2030 Collaboration

Co-Lab: We Love Reading

Collaboration Leads

Therese von Blixen (Independent/HM Queen Silvia’s Foundation – Care About the Children), Winthrop Carty (All Together Strategies), Rana Dajani (We Love Reading), Kristin Peterson (Independent entrepreneur and Advisor to Google X and Mercy Corps Agrifin)

Participating Members

Moutie Abrahams (Greater Translogic, Strategy4Good), Zika Abzuk (Cisco, External), Jerry Adesewo (Arojah Royal Theatre), Odunayo Aliu (Bramble Network), Paramita Banerjee (DIKSHA), Saida Benhayoune (MIT, External), Daveed Benjamin (Skōōl), Sunil Bhagwanji Kapadia (Individual, External),Therese von Blixen (Independent/HM Queen Silvia’s Foundation – Care About the Children), Winthrop Carty (All Together Strategies), Vilupti Corlis (United Nations), Sam Cyrous (Individual, External), Rana Dajani (We Love Reading), Clare Dowd (Creative Action Institute, External), Said Durrah (Islamic Relief USA, External), Drew Edwards (Pangea Publishing), Cecilia Martinez Gomez (Individual, External), Cole Hoover (MovingWorlds SPC, External), Fatima Jobe (Imadi, External), Joshua Konkankoh (Better World Cameroon), Priya Krishnamoorthy (200 Million Artisans), Paulami Mitra (IESEG School of Management, France), Pradeep Mohapatra (UDYAMA), Kristine Pearson (Lifeline Energy), Kristin Peterson (Independent entrepreneur and Advisor to Google X and Mercy Corps Agrifin), Lara Pimentel (ProLiteracy Worldwide, External), Saif Rayyan (MIT, External), Alex Todd (ReliablyME), Leslee Udwin (Think Equal)

Issue(s) Addressed

systems change, continued learning, shifting mindsets, peer-to-peer platform, connecting volunteers

SDG(s) Addressed

SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Background

We Love Reading’s Ambassadors are leaders in their communities who are passionate about learning and reading. They read aloud to thousands of children every day to educate and inspire. In January 2021, We Love Reading collaborated with Co-Labs to conduct a session around co-creating a global peer to peer platform for their 3,000 ambassadors worldwide. This initiative focused on developing a tool that is easy to use, motivates, inspires and gives an avenue for ambassadors to communicate with each other and solve problems with the end goal being to connect their volunteers around the world.

Outcomes

  • Brought together 29 collaborators from around the world to co-create a tangible solution that could be implemented in other organisations facing the same problem
  • Development of a digital community created the communication and solutions needed to benefit ambassador’s around the world
  • Fostered a spirit of giving and sharing that helps to represent what it means to work together with participants engaged in trying to make an impact or change in the world

CoLab We Love Reading Catalyst 2030 Collaboration

This is a member collaboration

Higher Education Professionals

Collaboration Leads

Debbi D. Brock (Catalyst 2030), Erin Worsham (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship)

Issue(s) Addressed

education access, learning outcomes, education partnerships

SDG(s) Addressed

SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 17: Partnerships to Achieve the Goals

Background

Started on Zoho by Catalyst 2030 members, this collaboration sought to bring together social entrepreneurs and higher education professionals from around the world to move the Catalyst 2030 vision forward. The intention was for similarly driven individuals to co-create systemic change in higher education by implementing shared learnings from members with a range of backgrounds. This approach was considered instrumental in the success of the group as it helped to further create an atmosphere of working towards a common goal instead of working around one individual’s idea. This allowed the group to “move faster than any other organisation that I have ever worked in,” according to the lead of the collaboration. They have since evolved into a Working Group called Systems Change Learning.

 

Outcomes

  • Successfully brought together a diverse set of members to co-create systems change within the higher education space, ranging across a variety of disciplines, industries, lived experiences and backgrounds
  • The group now functions as a Working Group that focuses on bringing practitioners and higher education individuals together to help facilitate systems change in education by discussing, co-creating and sharing learnings. Goals of the Working Group include:
    • Creating teaching/learning materials
    • Writing research publications
    • Creating a conference paper collaboration
    • Developing learning programmes for C2030 members and international audiences (from general public to students)
    • Collaborating to publish books and cases
    • Other creative initiatives in promoting social entrepreneurship education to encourage more young people to pursue starting or working in the social innovation space

Lean Impact Tourism

Collaboration Leads

Dan Berelowitz (Spring Impact), Valeria Duflot (Overtourism Solutions)

Participating Members

Dan Berelowitz (Spring Impact), Valeria Duflot (Overtourism Solutions), Santiago Garcia (Bridge for Billions), Elena Prieto Sulleiro (Play Verto), Amy Ragsdale (Spring Impact), Micheal Sani (Play Verto), Pablo Santaeufemia (Bridge for Billions), Maura Shea (Spring Impact)

Issue(s) Addressed

sustainable tourism, livelihoods, sustainable cities

SDG(s) Addressed

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Background

This collaboration aimed to ‘build better forward’ and co-create a solution to the current livelihood crisis in the tourism industry, a sector that prior to COVID-19 represented 10% of global gross GDP and 100 million jobs globally, while ensuring that the sector moves from being an extractive industry to being a regenerative one. The focus was to bring the talent and capacities of participating organisations together and to use the lean impact methodology to quickly co-create and test solutions to help the sector adopt more resilient and sustainable business practices through an intensive Lean Impact course.

Outcomes

  • Brought together six players from the tourism sector to co-create a systems change solution through the Lean Impact methodology
  • Allowed for a mindset shift to sharing work and the thrilling benefits of doing so, rather than the typical process of working independently

Lean Impact Tourism Collaborators

Scaling

Collaboration Leads

Rana Dajani (We Love Reading)

Participating Members

Rana Dajani (We Love Reading), Yoon Joo (Snowball Effect)

Issue(s) Addressed

scaling solutions, international partnerships, shifting mindsets

SDG(s) Addressed

SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Background

This collaboration sought to showcase projects to then scale in their own region/country based on other social entrepreneurs’ experiences.

Snowball Effect is an organisation that trains and matches aspiring social entrepreneurs with the founders of proven social businesses, for them to replicate impactful solutions. As a call to action to the membership of Catalyst 2030, they offered a training programme to social enterprises on how to scale their projects. We Love Reading responded to participate as part of the Snowball Effect’s curriculum for social entrepreneurs. This was accomplished through a number of interviews with We Love Reading to explore how they were able to scale up into 63 other countries.

Outcomes

  • We Love Reading was showcased as part of the curriculum, a course in which three cohorts have participated in
  • Shifted mindsets of how to implement programmes, provide the tools necessary for replication and relevance to specific cultural contexts
  • Demonstration that aspiring social entrepreneurs “don’t need to reinvent the wheel” because at the end of the day, “everyone is working towards the same goals of solving the world’s problems and not competing with one another”

Scaling Collaborators

This is a member collaboration

Societal Platform Cohort

Collaboration Leads

Smita Mankad (Creative Dignity), Vyjayanthi Mala (Societal Platform), Sanjay Purohit (Societal Platform)

Participating Members

Anita Ahuja (Conserve India), Rameez Alam (C2030 NASE – India Chapter), Kanika Ahuja (Conserve India), Aveek De (Vrutti), Sanyukta Gupta (C2030 NASE – India Chapter), Sudhir Kamath (Shreni Community Trust), Priya Krishnamoorthy (200 Million Artisans), Aashay Nigde (Shreni Community Trust), Eva Marszewski (Peacebuilders International), Jacob Mathew (Platform for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (PIE)), Navrun Jacob (Platform for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (PIE)), Ami Patel (Industree Foundation), Sanjay Purohit (Societal Platform), Divya Rai (Creative Dignity), Nelly Ramirez (Fundación Capital), Roopa Rao (Vrutti), Rajashri Sai (Impactree), Bharat Sharma (Dakshas), Smita Mankad (Creative Dignity)

Issue(s) Addressed

systems change, continued learning, shifting mindsets, platform thinking

SDG(s) Addressed

SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Background

Societal Thinking is an innovative approach to resolving complex societal challenges with speed and sustainably, at scale. Its principles assist social entrepreneurs in approaching their problem/solution differently with the goal of accelerating impact and scale, particularly when looking at large, complex, dynamic societal issues. Societal Thinking’s goal is to enable exponential societal change by bringing together different actors to learn, co-create solutions and build upon one another’s work. This presents an opportunity to solve development issues at exponential speed and empower billions of people around the world.

The Catalyst 2030 Societal Platform Cohort was designed for our social entrepreneurial leaders to delve into the Societal Platform Thinking methods and tools to support them in their journey for impact and scale. Over the course of nine weeks, the group explored the idea of Societal Platform Thinking and its application to their context. The programme was created as an interactive and immersive experience, using a combination of self-learning, peer group learning and round tables with leaders from the Societal Platform Practitioners Community. The cohort was composed of 21 participants from 12 organisations across nine different sectors ranging from health to finance and livelihoods.

Outcomes

  • A cohort of 21 participants from 12 organisations across nine different sectors ranging from health to finance and livelihoods completed all nine weeks
  • Members have a fundamental understanding of the core concepts of Societal Platform Thinking
  • Members were able to apply these concepts to their own organisations’ contexts and some have begun to implement these changes
  • Now that the participants have a strong foundational understanding of Societal Platform Thinking, they are ready to continue learning in a more advanced course which may occur in the future

Societal Platform Cohort Collaborators

We Love Reading and Greater Translogic Advisory

Collaboration Leads

Rana Dajani (We Love Reading)

Participating Members

Abdul-Moutie Abrahams (Greater Translogic Advisory Services), Rana Dajani (We Love Reading)

Issue(s) Addressed

international partnerships, access to educational materials

SDG(s) Addressed

SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Background

This collaboration was sparked by a speech at the Skoll Foundation by Rana Dajani where Greater Translogic Advisory reached out to We Love Reading in an attempt to create a partnership to help expand the reach of We Love Reading. One key aspect highlighted for the success of this collaboration was building trust and an open-minded approach. The goal was to utilise Moodle as a platform to assist We Love Reading in reaching other countries to provide We Love Reading Ambassador training free of charge online and to extend the reach of the programme to other parts of the world via language specific resources.

Outcomes

We Love Reading has been able to continually roll-out its volunteer training to other countries, allowing for much more rapid expansion and reach of the programme.

We Love Reading and Greater Translogic Advisory Collaborators

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