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PRESS RELEASE: Catalysing Change Campaign to address the COVID-19 crisis

28 April 2020 | Events, Press Releases

World’s leading social entrepreneurs launch “Catalysing Change Campaign”, highlighting innovative actions and partnerships required to address global social, economic and health needs arising from the COVID-19 crisis

Policymakers, funders, public invited to join 30 April and 1 May virtual sessions focusing on the rapid changes needed to support food security, healthcare, education, sanitation and hygiene, leadership and other critical issues in our inter-connected world

(28 April 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, this week leading social entrepreneurs from around the world are launching a “Catalysing Change Campaign,” to focus on the rapid changes needed to support food security, healthcare, education, sanitation and hygiene, mental health, leadership and other critical global social needs.  The campaign will launch 30 April and 1 May, with a series of virtual sessions on these and related pressing topics, hosted by social entrepreneurs who are working on the frontlines of these issues in locations ranging from India, the Philippines and Colombia, to the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain.

The campaign is led by Catalyst 2030, a global community of social entrepreneurs, funders and other social change innovators and partners, including Ashoka, Echoing Green, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Skoll Foundation.

“With COVID-19, we are experiencing a generation-defining crisis, which necessitates an urgent response to this unprecedented set of circumstances,” said Jeroo Billimoria, multi-award winning social entrepreneur and Catalyst 2030 founder member. “As many of our systems fail, it is critical that we reimagine these systems to rapidly address life-changing social, economic and health needs around the globe, which underscore the inter-connectedness of our world.”

Community leaders, policymakers, funders, thought leaders and the public are invited to join the virtual sessions and participate in discussing and supporting a COVID response in their own communities.  Information on the sessions and registration links are available here: LINK EXPIRED  Follow Catalyst 2030 on Twitter @Catalyst_2030 and use the hashtag #Catalyst2030.

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About Ashoka
For 40 years, Ashoka has identified and supported the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs who work at addressing the root causes of a problem.  With nearly 4000 Fellows in 90+ countries, Ashoka has supported them in transforming institutions, mindsets and cultures to support changemaking for the good of all. Learn more at

About Catalyst 2030
The Catalyst 2030 is an emerging global community of social entrepreneurs, funders and other social change innovators that believe collective action and bold, new strategies are needed to address the crises of our time. Joining forces with communities, governments, businesses, and others, Catalyst 2030 members are impacting the lives of millions. Learn more at

About Echoing Green
Echoing Green has been on the frontlines of solving the world’s biggest problems, raising up the transformational leaders willing to speak truth to power and challenge the status quo. The organisation finds emerging leaders around the world with the best ideas for social innovation as early as possible and sets them on a path to lifelong impact. Learn more at

About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship identifies the world’s leading social entrepreneurs that implement innovative and pragmatic solutions to social problems by tackling the root causes and creating social transformation. The Schwab Foundation is a sister organisation of the World Economic Forum. Learn more at

About the Skoll Foundation
The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Its portfolio includes 116 organizations and 144 social entrepreneurs around the world. Learn more at

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