Young changemakers sacrifice their finanicial and wellbeing to change the world, new report says
Berlin, June 16 2021 - The Possibilists, a new study - the first of its kind - conducted by a global alliance of youth communities, reveals the pressing needs of young changemakers worldwide who dedicate their lives to social and environmental causes.
Young changemakers are resilient, innovative and intrinsically motivated to change the world and improve the lives of others. But, in doing so, they’re sacrificing their wealth and wellbeing. MasterPeace believes there are 7 billion talents in the world. It takes you and me to step up our game and better support young people who dedicate their lives to social and environmental causes,"
The study surveyed a diverse group of about 800 young social innovators aged 16-35 from 137 countries who all lead impact-focused initiatives, social businesses, non-profits and campaigns related to every single one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, from lobbying for the rights of migrant construction workers to supporting sexual violence survivors.
Key findings from the report include:
• Young changemakers are sacrificing their financial security and wellbeing to change the world.
• Financial issues: 66% cannot compensate themselves beyond a token amount for their work on their initiatives
(41% not at all), and only 9% can live off their ventures.
• Wellbeing issues: 59% have experienced some degree of burnout since they started work on their initiative.
• 64% feel their work is negatively affected by systemic inequalities.
• The COVID-19 crisis has increased both their capacity and desire to make a change in the world.
• Only 3% have been forced to close down activities due to COVID; the majority are innovating,
adapting and responding to the challenge.
"If you want to spark change in the world and demonstrate what's possible, look to the youth for inspiration. The valuable impact that these social entrepreneurs are delivering can be attributed to their fresh perspective; the world has a lot to learn from their ingenuity and perseverance. SAP is proud to support this research, connecting people and information to accelerate solutions for the world's most complex challenges," says Alexandra van der Ploeg, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP.
"Young social innovators can play a key role in helping our societies recover from the pandemic and in building digital, inclusive and sustainable economies that work for everyone. Google.org is proud to support many young changemakers through our programmes and grants. We're also delighted to support this important research which shows that so much more can be done to help them overcome significant personal and financial barriers, and provide access to capital, skills and support networks to enable them to tackle some of the world's biggest systemic challenges"
~ Rowan Barnett, Head of Google.org for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The participants in the study come from the different organizations supporting young changemakers; Ashoka, ChangemakerXChange, Global Changemakers, Kofi Annan Foundation, MasterPeace, Obama Foundation, One Young World, Peace First, Social Impact Award, Social Shifters, SOS Children’s Villages, The Diana Award, Unleash, We Are Family Foundation, Young Sustainable Impact, and Yunus & Youth. The Possibilists is supported by the SAP Foundation and Google.org.
The report outlines eight recommendations for organizations to better support changemakers on a personal level
and in their work with their initiatives and organizations. Support programs for youth social entrepreneurship need to:
• Focus on young social innovators as people and on their personal needs and not just on their initiatives;
• Ensure the personal financial stability of young social innovators;
• Offer wellbeing support, and avoid placing additional or unnecessary pressure and demands on young social innovators;
• Strengthen the local–international connections of young social innovators and how their work helps to translate global matters into concrete local action;
• Focus on working to reduce systemic inequalities;
• Give young social innovators a seat at the table by facilitating access to decision-makers and grant young social innovators access to places of power and influence.
Initiated by ChangemakerXchange, The Possibilists is a global alliance of youth communities that are leveraging their resources and networks to improve the conditions for young changemakers.
Following the launch event on June 16, The Possibilists will kick off an open application process for innovators, leaders, funders, and policymakers from around the world who work on ecosystemic solutions that make it easier for young changemakers to be successful and create impact.
More info at: www.thepossibilists.org
'That is Europe that we dream of! The project aims to understand how Europeans think of the future of Europe, amidst hope & fear
MasterPeace proudly kicked-off the first team meeting of ‘My Future is Now’ with the partners, Youth Power-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Youth Power- Germany, MasterPeace Romania, Peace Action Community Estonia PACE -Estonia, Act for Society Centre - Albania, Autres Directiones, -the Netherlands and OBI4WAN- The Netherlands.
The project aims to ‘foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level’
A goal that these partner organizations have been working on in the past few years, however ‘My Future is Now’ focus on ‘encourage democratic and civic participation of youngsters with lower education, who till now did not join any voting and community work and could be regarded as ‘Eurosceptics’
The Program provide a chance to debating the future of Europe and challenging Euroscepticism
through the motto: Engage, Connect and Empower,
The project work to engage 915 direct (ages 30-65) and 600 indirectly involved youngsters.
Through Three thematic dimensions (common tread in all 3 streams):
1- Jobs and livelihood: what’s in it for me, brain drain or stay and build a future, digital transition
2- Migration & Integration: mobility, respect, inclusivity and human rights
3- Democratic processes: voting as right, freedom of speech, digitalization, fake news, social media, and privacy
STREAM 1 – My Voice Matters
1- Training tools development of the toolkit toolkit training:
- All partners will engage the target group + initiate an extra 5 local events with at
least 20 participants.
3 thematic dimensions introduced in an immersive short movie, where participants will be encouraged to form an opinion on the themes (i.e. ‘does this exceed your limits’. All themes feature a reality check: how is the situation now in the EU?)
Participants will choose one topic to create a poster that visualizes their idea for
- Participants will answer the interactive poll on EU achievements and challenges
STREAM 2 – My and Your Voice Matter
- Each country will organize a Great Minds Meeting (GMM)
- My Future- Relay (2b) - one program with 6 online exchanges.
The youngsters reached in stream 1 will connect, debate and exchange with their peers to understand their viewpoints on the 3 dimensions to be(come) an active citizen.
STREAM 3 - My, Your Voice and Beyond
To empower youngsters bring their voices to a new network to take actionable steps.
- “Week of Connection” Each day youngsters of a country are the hosting party and
youngsters from the other 5 countries participate.
Each day 1 of the 3 dimensions is the key theme to discuss.The fourth day is a wrap up and a manifesto movie with advices will be created to share in our networks. We bring their top 3 ideas per dimension into actions via platforms and integrate them in our portfolio.
- With the support of https://www.obi4wan.com/en we will use big data for so-called
“social listening”. With their tooling we will -during the 18 months- aggregate online sharings by youngsters in the top 10 relevant online fora per country.
By Aart Bos, Global MasterPeace Leadership
ACT and the Doughnut are methodologies and formats that we use to find innovative approaches to fight the multiple challenges of our decade like the growing gaps between have and have nots; lack of democratic values and freedoms of speech; Corona puts the spotlights on all weaknesses in our systems.
Our ambition is to engage, connect and empower youngsters to realize social inclusion within the boundaries of our planet.
We are proud to be the partner of the Doughnut Economy Action Lab; https://doughnuteconomics.org
The Doughnut refers to the theory launched by Kate Raworth as the author of the book: the Doughnut Economy. The Doughnut offers a vision of what it means for humanity to thrive in the 21st century - and Doughnut Economics explores the mindset and ways of thinking needed to get us there.
First published in 2012 in an Oxfam report by Kate Raworth, the concept rapidly gained traction internationally, from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement.
Kate's 2017 book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, further explored the economic thinking needed to bring humanity into the Doughnut, drawing together insights from diverse economic perspectives in a way that everyone can understand. The book soon became an international bestseller and has now been translated into over 20 languages.
Here's a summary of the book's core messages in a 2018 TED talk.
"ACT" stands for the “doing” part as now is the time to ACT: The urgency to fight the lack of social cohesion and the lack of how to "manage" the environmental challenges has never been so high.
ACT is also the abbreviation of "Artist Create Together" in the sense that teachers and students are the architects of their own future. We developed many formats to engage and inspire youngsters, https://masterpeace.org/act/
Together with the MP clubs we hope to develop and implement on our 4 continents the “ACT as a Doughnut” approach on all continents and co create with local governments and business to fuel social cohesion and find answers to environmental challenges.
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