Catalysing Change Week | 1–5 May 2023
Changing the Narrative: Local Solutions for the Global South

CCW2023 Submissions Open Now

FAQs

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.

Who can participate in CCW?

Everyone is welcome to participate in Catalysing Change Week 2022. However, only Catalyst 2030 members and  Catalyst 2030 Awards winners and finalists may host sessions and/or events.

Catalyst 2030 members, Catalyst 2030 Awards winners and finalists are invited to propose sessions and events of interest that they would like to host during CCW2023. We encourage everyone to contact other Catalyst 2030 members to co-create sessions and submit session proposals on behalf of the collaboration. Members are also encouraged to plan local events and sessions in their country and region in collaboration with other Catalyst 2030 members. We suggest that members prioritise online interaction if local health authorities have discouraged in-person activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What happens during CCW?

Many hybrid, offline and online sessions and events take place during Catalysing Change Week.

We urge everyone to identify opportunities that could lead to synergies and partnerships with other participants. The Catalyst 2030 network will organise and host events throughout the Week, while the Secretariat will coordinate the overall CCW event.

When will sessions/events for CCW2023 take place?

All online, offline and hybrid sessions and events take place throughout the CCW2023 during 1-5 May 2023.

Please note: When organising CCW2023 events and activities, it is important to always:

  • Respect the national and local safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Prioritise online interaction when local health authorities have discouraged in person activities.

What is the theme for CCW2023?

Where is CCW 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 CCW2023 sessions/events, you need to:

  • STEP 1 – Submit a CCW2023 Submission Form from the CCW homepage.
  • STEP 2 – The Secretariat will contact you for any further information (if applicable)
  • STEP 3 – The Secretariat will send you a confirmation via email
  • STEP 4 – Plan, prepare and promote the sessions/events
  • STEP 5 – Host the sessions/events during CCW2023
  • STEP 6 – Follow-up with a call for action from CCW2023
  • STEP 7 – The Secretariat will collect details through CCW2023 Reporting Form that will be
    shared post-CCW to collect information, photos and videos for the CCW2023 Report.

To attend sessions or events, register on the sessions and events page once CCW2023 information is available.

How will one register to attend CCW2023 sessions/events once the listing is up?

After CCW2023 sessions and events have been loaded on the site, you will be able to register for CCW2023 on the registration page. 

Once you have registered for CCW2023, you will be logged into the site. Use the filters on the events page to search for events/sessions. Click on any of the session/event titles to view full details and show a green ‘attend’ button.

Clicking on the button will sign you up for that session/event and you will be able to download a reminder for your calendar.

Who can propose and host sessions/events?

We invite all Catalyst 2030 members, Catalyst 2030 Awards winners and finalists to propose and host sessions and events of interest during CCW2022. 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.

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?

The secretariat of Catalyst 2030 is currently housed at One Family Foundation in Amsterdam.

How is Catalyst 2030 organised?

Catalyst 2030 is its membership – engaging and working together on progressing towards common goals.

Components:

  • 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.

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