Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two
Access, Transparency, Quality.
The Need: Describe the need for your solution and the size and characteristics of the community(ies) your solution is engaging
The challenges we faces as a country are growing incredibly complex, interdependent and constantly changing which means we can no longer afford band-aid solutions, incremental and siloed approaches, and disjointed efforts.
We believe we have most of what we need around us – great people with passion, incredible amounts of knowledge and information, plenty of resources to use, and newer tools and technologies by the day.
What is missing, though, is an ecosystem that develops our next generation leaders to prepare for these next generation challenges and connects the dots of generative impact together.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
What we really need for the new world of challenges we face today is a new normal-and the only way to create that new normal is through equipping the next generation of Canada’s leaders with the awareness, ability, agility, and approach required to respond to ever changing needs of their communities…
…and not just business or academic leaders…and not just those in Vancouver or Halifax…and not just the very special few – the 10, 20, or 30.
CatalystsX’s purpose is to build a community of catalysts and develop them by connecting them to relationships, knowledge, resources, and tools they need to transform Canada’s future. Along the way, we also aim to define the idea of Generative Impact.
Combining micro-granting with social and experiential learning, Catalystsx was founded on the principles of connected efforts, continuous learning,& collective experiences.
CatalystsX is of Catalysts, by Catalysts, for Catalysts-putting the future of Canada in the hands of Canada's future.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include the primary activities involved in your solution.
Meet Pavi - 26, a graduate student at Concordia, and the founder of ‘Grounds’, an organization focused on sustainable consumption.
Using an approach centred around the individual and focused on social and experiential learning, we develop emerging leaders like Pavi into agile high-impact catalysts. Here’s how it works:
1.Cx People + Projects: Every year, we give out 300 Cx Awards, recognizing Canada’s top emerging leaders like Pavi and giving each $2,000 for an impact project they are passionate about
2.Cx Learning Process: For the following year, Pavi and fellow catalysts go through a series of multi-dimensional discovery and learning experiences:
a.Self-learning: Through a weekly digest and Cx Online, a hub of resources and opportunities, Catalysts widen and deepen their perspectives on topics on their own schedule
b.Project learning: Through regular peer brainstorming and reflection sessions, Catalysts learn about effective ideation, project execution, and evaluation using their own projects
c.Peer learning: Through intentionally designed interactions with other Catalysts near and far as part of local and national events such Cx Hubs and Cx Conferences, Catalysts are connected to a network of incredible support, ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
d.Organizational Learning: Through opportunities to take on leadership roles for Cx Hubs, Cx Conferences, and Cx Impact Fairs as well as involvement in the Cx National Team, Catalysts are connected to unique experiences of organizational leadership that otherwise may take years for them to come across.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others working to address the same needs as you and indicate what sets you apart from them.
Given our belief in a connected approach to impact, we do not consider others as competitors. We have,however, done our due diligence to avoid duplicating efforts and reinventing wheels and to identify potential partners.
Most closely positioned are Ashoka Fellows and Action Canada – incredible programs but focused on a small group.
CatalystsX is designed to combine national reach with local depth. With 300 awards a year, not only will it create a powerful community capable of truly transforming the country from the grounds up, it also focuses on an under-served group we call the Next Tier–emerging leaders with high potential without access to those programs.
CatalystsX is uniquely run by Catalysts themselves–putting the future of Canada in the hands of Canada’s future.