Existing assets and their combination with new resources

We want to celebrate our 10th anniversary while launching a collaborative learning challenge to help generate opportunities for common reflection and action, especially seizing a moment where we are globally redefining priorities to build societies that are more resilient and fair. Within this process, we got inspiration from with a wide array of initiatives that are generating systemic changes worldwide.

People and communities affected by specific problems are the main agents of change, either because of their first-hand knowledge, their high incentives to partake in the solutions, or their willpower to revert the situation. The importance of individual and collective action became evident during the pandemic. Many effective answers to address the crisis have put the citizens’ initiative and sense of responsibility at the center. To achieve and sustain systemic changes that could guarantee more sustainable, healthy, inclusive, and happy societies, it is paramount to empower people, and appeal to their capacities to act consciously, self-organize and activate resources that are many times hidden. This collection of innovations gathers initiatives that allowed us to see that many times, the solution lies in changing perspectives and understanding that, many times, those who were considered passive recipients of help, are, in fact, the main agents of change.

A personalised, diagnostically superior, low-cost breast examination method that provides an entirely new professional path for blind and visually impaired women, leveraging their ultra-sensitive touch.
Germany
A knowledge centre that engages young people under state care in the design and management of social programmes and organisations that directly affect them, through facilitating their participation as expert evaluators and lobbyists for change.
Norway
A comprehensive strategy of education, social services and community- building programmes that help children access and complete college, enter the labour world and build skills for successful futures, breaking generational poverty
United States
A programme that combines theatre training and other techniques to develop psycho-emotional and vocational skills, helping unemployed people improve their self-esteem, replace passivity with proactivity and gain employment.
Germany
An evidence-based emotional literacy programme that brings babies into the classroom during regular school hours to improve empathy and reduce violence among children from ages 5 to 12.
Canada
A holistic peer-to-peer mentoring programme run by ex-offenders that helps former prisoners reintegrate back into society and prevents young people from getting involved in crime.
United Kingdom
A social enterprise that provides training and employment to people with autism or Asperger syndrome for their ability to effectively perform repetitive tasks that require a lot of concentration.
Denmark
An extra-curricular learning programme that centralizes the local offer and engages children aged 5 to 14 in order that they develop different interests and skills through participation in diverse activities.
United Kingdom
Umbrella initiative seeking systemic change through food related programs and actions in collaboration with local community stakeholders, to make fresh, healthy and culturally diverse products more easily accessible in vulnerable neighborhoods.
Canada
The School for Women’s Empowerment is a vocational training school that helps female victims of gender-based violence get back to work. While providing courses in products and sales, it helps participants build self-estem and social empowerment.
Spain
An intensive, flexible, family and community-based treatment programme that addresses all environmental systems negatively affecting chronic and violent juvenile offenders’ behaviour to improve the quality of life for both them and their families.
United States
A model to help address and promote student mental health and well-being through the implementation of peer support initiatives in high schools and colleges to empower students and create inclusive communities.
United States