Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
#1 I see faces light up when they hear about the contest, they are cheered up by being invited to write what THEY want, or wanting to read what is created. More people are willing to think about solutions and therefore also about the problems. #2 Examples: a piece about neighbors going in on the cost of an expert in rainwater catchment systems might actually result in real rainwater systems going in, then the community connection formed there can lead to more change (practical, hands on, disaster preparation,or influencing government). A "Letter to the Editor 2019" might inspire college funds for treeplanting teams of young adults, private sector and public.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
The Ecofiction Challenge is one month old, designed to be every year, Feb to April. In one month, it has gone from an idea to 4 existing announced contests in 3 countries and 3 languages, and more communities interested. This first year still has a very short window for organizers in other communities but the scalability of the project means it can be a group of 5 writers, one high school class, or bigger. The self organizing flexibility in guidelines means that so far we have 3 high schools, 1 town of 150, 000, 1 state, and an online writers' community participating, with some variation in word limits or focus (the town is requesting stories set in a specific month as well as in the town, extra points for including events or activities common to that month). Website is being built and managed, pro bono, by a marketing firm. Potential is the same as NaNoWriMo and 350.org.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Please share this proposal NOW with those who might still want to participate this year. Spreading the word through social media, sites LIKE CHANGEMAKERS and Climate CoLab, leaders, to school systems, more. Partner and promote others with similar work. WSF group on Facebook already inspired a Portuguese version for Brazil, so geographic spread is wide, but actual contests local and replicable. Within 5 years, a skeleton budget and staff for the international sharing website, and a rapid increase in books published, films made and video/TV shows using these paradigms.