A catalyst is a person or thing that precipitates an event. Catalyst 2030 members are sometimes referred to as ‘Catalysts’.

Collaboration Corner

Groups for members working together. To help this happen, members can set-up an area on Zoho to support this activity between members in different places (and time zones) around the world.

Collaborative Systems Change

Addressing root causes rather than symptoms by altering, shifting, and transforming structures, customs, mindsets, power dynamics and rules through collaboration across a diverse set of actors with the intent of achieving lasting improvement of societal issues on a local, national and global level.

Fireside Chats

These are moderated conversations with key individuals who are important to the Catalyst 2030 movement. Upcoming Fireside Chats are announced in the Catalyst 2030 Members WhatsApp group and placed in our Zoho Calendar.

General Assembly

General Assemblies are open to all members and take place once a month. It is anticipated that the General assemblies will lead the evolution of Catalyst 2030.

Honest Broker

Someone who builds networks of invested players that, with integrity, moves forward a common agenda to tackle persistent, large-scale social problems.

Incubation Board

This is the management board for Catalyst 2030 and is made up of co-chairs for the Working Groups. It is called the ‘Incubation Board’ as it will be the body that steers Catalyst 2030 through its incubation phase (July 2020 to December 2021).


Synonym for our monthly General Assemblies which include all members. The Marketplace is an important forum for all members to learn of new developments in the network, pitch new collaboration ideas and generally find areas in which to further engage.


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They include 169 targets that all UN Member States have agreed to work towards achieving by the year 2030. 

Social Entrepreneurs

Our four founding social entrepreneur fellowship organisations define social entreprenuership as follows:

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges. Social entrepreneurs are ambitious and persistent — tackling major issues and offering new ideas for systems-level change.
– Ashoka

We focus on supporting social entrepreneurs who are a unique and special type of transformational social change leader because of their: 1) particular leadership abilities; 2- focus on both value creation and “value consideration”; and 3) alliance-based approach to tackling societal problems.

Echoing Green defines social innovation as an approach to problem-solving that focuses on creating audacious and positive social change. We see social innovation as the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress.
– Echoing Green

Social entrepreneurship, as an organisational expression of social innovation, is the demonstration of alternative working models as we face the current challenges to our planet, our societies, and our economies. By having a mission to engage all stakeholders in the creation of social and economic value, social entrepreneurs have proven how all stakeholders – employees, customers, suppliers, local communities and the environment – can benefit.
– Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world.
– The Skoll Foundation

Systems Change

see Collaborative Systems Change

Task Force

Task Forces are needs based, member-led teams. They are short-term and address one specific task or idea.

Theory of Change

Theory of Change is a particular way of approaching a problem. It is a process that includes a clear examination of the challenges as well as the ideas and hypotheses that are needed so that systemic change can be achieved.

Working Group

Working Groups are groups of members working on current tasks required for the development of Catalyst 2030.


Catalyst 2030 uses Zoho Connect, a collaboration app which brings members and resources to one place. Zoho offers Catalyst members access to interest groups, a social media-like feed, events calendar, access to manuals and group documents, member profile pages and more. Zoho Connect is available for iOS or Android and can also be accessed through an internet browser.

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