After 35 years of supporting transformational leaders globally, Echoing Green knows that a surefire way to bring the most innovative solutions to the table is by investing in innovators closest to the problems. Directly impacted by the issues they’re determined to confront, these leaders bring their lived experience into their work as they co-design sustainable solutions with and for their communities.
Echoing Green has long worked with values-aligned partners to build inclusive ecosystems that support these proximate leaders, fuel their social change journeys, and accelerate their impact.
In fall 2022, Echoing Green teamed up with long-standing partner Barclays to host the fifth annual Social Innovation Challenge—a series of hands-on workshops, community building, and strategic advising sessions with the founders of 12 dynamic organizations. Over the course of six weeks, these leaders of color worked with Echoing Green and Barclays staff to build upon their skills, forge critical connections, and craft and refine pitches.
LOOKING TOWARD THRIVING FUTURES
In the aftermath of two challenging years and amid an ongoing pandemic, this year’s Social Innovation Challenge participants looked toward a thriving future. With a curriculum focused on leading in times of crisis, the power of community in social change work, and mental and emotional wellness, the 12 leaders explored how organizations like theirs are advancing transformational change across three focus areas:
- Thriving Minds + Bodies: Organizations whose work centers on improving community members’ physical and/or mental wellness.
- Thriving Communities: Organizations whose work centers on strengthening spaces and/or systems that benefit the entire community.
- Thriving Futures: Organizations whose work centers on improving the future outcomes of community members through systems change work like advancing economic security, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, and more.
2022 SOCIAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE PITCH COMPETITION & SHOWCASE
The 2022 Social Innovation Challenge culminated in a public showcase on November 15, where each leader pitched their bold visions for a chance to win $20,000 to deepen their impact.