A Journey Based Theory of Change

To develop Catalyst 2030’s Theory of Change a task force of Catalyst members analysed our current reality, built the future we would like to see and developed a pathway to get there. A detailed narrative of our Theory of Change is in the pdf link here.

Theory of Change

Summary of our Theory of Change

What is our Current Reality?

Three powerful interacting forces hold Catalyst 2030 back from significantly contributing to achieving the SDGs:

  • Dominant culture: Much of the Global North and South are governed by a set of values that prioritise exploitation for short-term profit, unsustainable perpetual growth and individual over collective prosperity.
  • Inadequate conditions for collaboration: Many players working on the same issues are disconnected and there is poor recognition of their interdependencies. In many instances systems create disincentives that act as a barrier to collaboration.
  • Poor understanding of systems: Many actors addressing the SDGs focus more on projects or programmes than on changing the underlying systemic conditions that are holding social and environmental problems in place.

The consequences of these factors for Catalyst 2030 are that many social entrepreneur efforts remain subscale and underleveraged.

What is our Desired Future?

For social entrepreneurs to significantly contribute to SDG attainment our desired 2030 future can be summarised as:

Systems change is happening in the world with successful attention to the following 5 dimensions:

  1. Widespread collaboration
  2. Measurement tools that support systems change
  3. Significant grassroots and community leadership
  4. Adequate support and recognition for social innovators
  5. Funding models that support systems change

What is our Pathway to Getting There?

The core premise enabling realisation of the desired future revolves around accelerating collective action. Energising sufficient collective action will require focused efforts against the following:

  1. Supporting consciousness and cultural shifts: Societies would orient to a different set of values and behaviors that includes peace and justice supported by law, listening as well as talking, power shifts in favor of the traditionally marginalised, moving from hero-oriented to collaborative action and making a spiritual awareness and inner well-being integral to action.
  2. Strengthening political and community engagement: Government at all levels would be supportive of social entrepreneurs and actively be included in in policy and decision-making processes.
  3. Strengthening systems level funding: Changes in funders’ structures, processes and behaviours would support collaboration and systems change approaches.
  4. Fueling collaboration: Catalyst 2030 would play a key role to play in supporting collaboration/ networks/coalitions amongst social entrepreneurs and between social entrepreneur and others.
  5. Developing and using systems change tools: Success in collective action would be enabled by continued development, training and use of systems change tools.

This Theory of Change supports Catalyst 2030’s vision, mission, values, strategic approach and core principles.

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