Catalyst 2030's
Catalysing Change Week 2024
Building the Social Innovation Sector
6 - 10 May 2024

Catalysing Change Week 2021 by the Numbers

22 March 2022 | Recaps







of sessions rated ‘valuable to extremely valuable’

Catalysing Change Week (CCW) 2021 brought together experts, social innovators and private sector and government representatives to showcase projects, engage in dialogue and learn to understand one another better.

We raised awareness of outstanding systems change practices in the field and their potential to bring about change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our impact reached beyond statistics and paved the way for real, systemic change across the globe. As we head towards CCW2022, we want to reflect on the power that you, our members and allies, unlocked in 2021.

CCW2021 ignited new collaborations between members and key stakeholders and also strengthened existing projects. The impact this unlocked is demonstrated in the foundational work and creation of some incredible initiatives.

Catalyst Market brought together SME practitioners, private sector organisations such as Shopify and multilateral trade organisations, such as the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), to test the idea of a co-created e-commerce platform for social enterprises to catalyse a regenerative economy. Uniting leading systems change thinkers, funders and social entrepreneurs led to the concept of The Catalyst Hub, an innovative funding mechanism that accelerates their positive impact to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This platform will be launched at CCW2022 to highlight the power of our members and their allies to ignite change.

In addition to igniting and strengthening collaborative impact, CCW2021 established partnerships across our movement while attracting key allies. The founding of the Malaysian Chapter strengthened the collaborative relationship between the Malaysia Ministry of Finance and the Catalyst 2030 Malaysia chapter. Through this partnership formed at CCW, the Malaysia chapter has accelerated work on policy development for Malaysian social entrepreneurs.

High level partnerships were formed and commitments from key stakeholders were gained, while CCW2021 also provided a crucial space to make connections that lead to manybi-lateral and multilateral collaborations. For example, We Love Reading met partners who have been critical to starting the process of scaling up organisations in India.

Given the diverse nature of participants, in terms of age, location, sector, and expertise, CCW provides the favourable space in which to meet prospective collaborators. Several Catalyst 2030 collaborations were formed or strengthened as a result of simply networking during CCW.

We can’t wait to see what action our global movement of social entrepreneurs, innovators, and funders are able to catalyse this year. By building partnerships across sectors and connecting key stakeholders at a national, regional, and global level, the foundation is laid for another year of catalytic collaboration for systems change. Together, we can harness the power of the collective to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Collaborations initiated or strengthened by CCW

  • Catalyst Market
  • Catalyst Hub
  • Co-Labs
  • Sustainable Fashion Group
  • Talking Peace Project
  • Scholar-Practitioner Collaboration
  • Creative Dignity
  • Localisation
  • Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Intergenerational Lifelong Learning
  • Latin America: From Seed to Mouth
  • Transport and Mobility Alliance
  • UN x Catalyst 2030 Innovation Matchmaking Programme
  • European Social Economy Action Plan
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force

Partnerships Strengthened by CCW

  • Malaysian Ministry of Finance and Malaysia Chapter
  • UNESCO and Catalyst 2030 Education Group
  • Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty and Catalyst 2030 Climate Group
  • UNDP Conscious Food Systems Alliance & Catalyst 2030 Food Practitioners
  • European Commision and Catalyst 2030 Europe Chapter
  • UN Representatives and Catalyst 2030 Country/Regional Chapters
  • Humanitarian Logistics Association and C2030 Disaster Response Group
  • Social Enterprise World Forum and Catalyst 2030 Australasia Chapter
  • ILO and Catalyst 2030 Working with Governments Group

Organisations who met new partners through CCW

  • Mona Foundation
  • We Love Reading
  • Breakthrough Foundation
  • Roddenberry
  • Shockwave Foundation

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