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26 January 2023 – The Social Change Innovators’ platform for educators and social entrepreneurs launched formally at Catalyst 2030’s General Assembly on 25 January 2023. The initiative was born in 2022, when SCI partnered with Catalyst 2030 to develop a unique knowledge resource portal that would enhance learning initiatives designed for the social innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem.
The portal is a rich repository of content. It incorporates fundraising resources and information on how to engage with governments, scale social impacts, and more, providing Catalyst 2030 members with access to more than 1100 articles, videos and links to existing support websites containing useful education and training tools. It was co-created with social entrepreneurs and resource providers from around the world who contribute to the bank of resources. The portal enables members to connect and collaborate. It also invites them to share their own best practices – including articles, videos, and other resources – to assist social entrepreneurs in expanding their knowledge
To date the platform has had more than 82,000 page views and 20,000 visitors to the site. Keryn Krige, a professor at the London School of Economics, said of the portal, “I am such a fan of this site. When I first started teaching, this was where I found a community of lecturers sharing their materials and experiences. It’s wonderful to see how it has grown and developed”.
No matter what stage entrepreneurs are at in their social innovation endeavours, the knowledge resource portal has useful resources. As Catalyst 2030 Chief Facilitator Jeroo Bilimoria says, “We hope the site becomes the number one resource for social innovators from around the world.”
Social Change Innovators was established in () to promote peer learning opportunities broadly within the social entrepreneurship and systems learning communities.
To curate experiential learning opportunities aimed at engaging community members to learn social entrepreneurship concepts, SCI is collaborating with Social Enterprise Netherlands to redesign the site and implement a Learning Management System with a curated course. It will launch at the Social Enterprise World Forum in the Netherlands in October 2023.
The SCI platform has articles, videos, books, websites and collaboration opportunities aimed at encouraging sustained learning and providing a systematic approach to increased learning for social entrepreneurs. Through this platform they can gain practical skills on thematic, structured and complex subjects of systems change. Visit the site at www.socialchangeinnovators.com.
Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of social entrepreneurs and social innovators from all sectors who share the common goal of creating innovative, people-centric approaches to progressing the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Joining forces with communities, governments, businesses and others, Catalyst 2030 members are changing systems at all levels through collective action and bold, new strategies. Launched at the World Economic Forum in January 2020, Catalyst 2030 comprises more than 2000 proven social entrepreneurs who are active in over 180 countries and who directly reach an estimated two billion people.
We believe in collective action and that bold new strategies are needed to advance the SDGs. For more information about the work of Catalyst 2030, or to arrange an interview, please contact Nwando Ajene [email protected].
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