During Catalysing Change Week 2021, we united experts, social innovators, and representatives from the private sector and governments to showcase, listen to and come to understand one another. We raised awareness of the outstanding practices in the field and their potential to bring about change.
Catalysing Change Week is an annual event over which we intensify our activities by bringing together stakeholders. Social entrepreneurs, representatives from the private sector, governments, funders, and other agencies involved in systems change gather to showcase their systems change efforts and the best practices that can accelerate our work in pursuit of the SDGs. These models of best practice are in keeping with recent findings from the Embracing Complexity and New Allies reports.
Catalysing Change Week 2021 had three key themes:
Connect. We wanted to create an environment that enabled collaboration and co-creation.
Celebrate. We wanted to encourage, inspire and re-energise each other as we go about our work.
Accelerate. We brought key stakeholders together to create tangible outcomes for policy making.
Our sessions were structured around these three key themes.
The overarching goal was to change mindsets of current policy makers, funders and leaders, improving understanding of the conditions that best allow social entrepreneurs and their allies to thrive. This understanding can then be translated into tangible policy recommendations and programs that can be implemented globally.
To achieve this goal, we had six key objectives for Catalysing Change Week 2021:
- Celebrate positive systems-change models
- Build commitment to systems change work in policymaking
- Showcase practical problem-solving abilities within the network
- Bring the voices of unheard people to the conversation
- Accelerate efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030
- Learn from all network members and build capacity
The programme featured five days of online ‘Catalysing Change’ sessions. Social innovators shared their systems change work with other participants, and created partnerships across countries, regions and sectors. Everyone was welcome to participate in Catalysing Change Week 2021. However, only Catalyst 2030 members and Catalyst 2030 Awards finalist hosted sessions. All sessions were co-created by membership. The secretariat facilitated and organised the sessions.
It is our hope that the Catalysing Change Week 2021 made real and lasting impact on the social innovation ecosystem, by encouraging allies to imagine bold new ways to support social entrepreneurs.