Questions about Catalysing Change Week
What is Catalyst 2030's Catalysing Change Week?
Catalysing Change Week (CCW) is the world’s largest event led by social innovators and entrepreneurs to share knowledge, exchange ideas and accelerate collaborative systems change during more than 250 sessions and activities in a dedicated annual week. The week is coordinated by Catalyst 2030, bringing together social entrepreneurs, representatives from the private sector, governments, funders and others involved in systems change, to inspire change in support of achieving the SDGs.
What is the goal of CCW?
CCW enables participants to tap into collective systems change wisdom, while forging partnerships across countries, regions and sectors to advance the SDGs. Our goal is to inspire change in the mindsets, culture and behaviours of current policymakers, funders and leaders and to empower social innovators and communities to effect change.
See a full list of objectives at on the About Catalysing Change Week page.
What are the dates of CCW?
Who can participate in CCW?
Everyone is welcome to participate in CCW. However, only Catalyst 2030 members and Catalyst 2030 Awards winners and finalists may host sessions and/or events.
We encourage everyone to contact other Catalyst 2030 members to merge sessions and collaborate. Members are also encouraged to plan local events and sessions in their country and region in collaboration with other Catalyst 2030 members.
What happens during CCW?
Many hybrid, offline and online sessions and events take place during CCW.
We urge everyone to identify opportunities that could lead to synergies and partnerships with other participants. The Catalyst 2030 network members will organise and host events throughout the Week, while the Secretariat will coordinate the overall CCW event.
How can you participate in CCW?
When will sessions/events for CCW2024 take place?
What is the theme for CCW2024?
The theme for CCW2024 is still to be determined.
Where will CCW be happening?
Everywhere, online and offline! CCW is a global annual campaign, with many events, activities, sessions, and launches organised by more than 130 participating countries.
How can you take part in CCW, to host a session/event?
We will update the website with details once submissions are open for hosting CCW2024 sessions/events.
How will one register to attend CCW2024 sessions/events once the listing is up?
Once you have registered for CCW2024, you will be logged into the website where you will be able to explore and sign up for sessions/events.
Are clicking the ‘sign up’ button for a session, you will be sent a calendar invitation via email. Your sessions will also appear in your webiste profile page, with direct links to the session/s you signed up for.
Who can propose and host sessions/events?
We will invite all Catalyst 2030 members, Catalyst 2030 Awards winners and finalists to propose and host sessions and events of interest during CCW2024. We encourage everyone to contact other Catalyst 2030 members to co-create sessions and submit the proposed sessions on behalf of the collaboration. Members are invited to plan in-person activities at a local level, hybrid events and sessions in their country and region in collaboration with other Catalyst 2030 members.
Please note: Sessions with multiple participants that are co-created by different Catalyst 2030 members tend to be accepted over individual sessions.
Is there a fee to take part?
Absolutely not! All that we ask from you is that you keep us updated on your CCW activities.
What happens after CCW2023?
CCW is one step along the path to the change we want to see in the world. Our advocacy work will continue beyond the week, when liaising with governments and multilateral entities, such as the G7 and G20. Also, you can continue your collaborative journey with our membership. There will also be a follow-up call to action emerging from our interaction during CCW2023.
Follow Catalyst 2030 online for CCW updates
Questions about Catalyst 2030
What is Catalyst 2030?
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 attain 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.
When was Catalyst 2030 founded and who is behind it?
Catalyst 2030 was started in July 2019 by leading social entrepreneurs from Ashoka, Echoing Green, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Foundation and other other global networks of social entrepreneurs and social innovators. The movement was officially launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2020. A month later more than 80 co-founders held the inaugural meeting of Catalyst 2030 at the Althorp Estate in Northampton (UK) to craft a collective roadmap for the years ahead. It is currently being incubated by the One Family Foundation in Amsterdam (NL).
Where is it headquartered?
How is Catalyst 2030 organised?
Catalyst 2030 is its membership – engaging and working together on progressing towards common goals.
- General Assembly is made up of all members and is the cornerstone of Catalyst 2030 – it sets its direction and celebrates successes
- Board develops the strategic plan based on agreed policy direction and drives its execution
- Chief Facilitator is the shepherd of Catalyst 2030 and is working in the background; responsible for day-to-day operations
- Local Chapters are member groups which take responsibility for part of the Catalyst 2030 mission in a country/region
- Working Groups, consisting of members, set the direction and guide (a part of) a Catalyst function (e.g. Comms)
- Impact Clusters cross-connect WGs within a core function
- Task Forces are temporary member groups which take on a specific task for Catalyst 2030 (e.g. writing a report)
- Issue-Based Groups arose from Issue-Based collaborations between Catalyst 2030 members.
- Secretariat supports the organisation
For an overview, visit the Organisation page.
What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN - SDGs)?
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 UN Member States have agreed to work towards achieving by the year 2030. More information on the SDGs can be found here.
What is social entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurship is the combination of commerce with social issues. Social entrepreneurs aren’t only concerned with profits. Success is also defined by how their business improves the world. Unlike nonprofits, social entrepreneurship still earns a profit, but the focus is placed on the social or environmental change made while earning that profit.
How will Catalyst 2030 help to achieve the SDGs?
Being a growing collective of social innovators, Catalyst 2030 will facilitate the building of meaningful partnerships across regions, sectors and causes, amongst multiple stakeholders.
Catalyst 2030 has a dual objective of both changing the ecosystem and catalysing collaborations supported by a solid movement foundation.
- Catalyse Collaboration: Improve connectivity and transparency between social entrepreneurs to achieve more partnerships and projects that accelerate progress of the SDGs.
- Change the Ecosystem: Advocate with system partners for improvement of the ecosystem and changing the wider appreciation of what social entrepreneurs can bring.
- Fuel the Movement: Engage external stakeholders to showcase achievements of the movement.
- Build and Maintain the Movement Foundation: Co-create and operate the Catalyst 2030 support infrastructure, keep the movement thriving and members focused on impact.