(updated as new questions come up)
What stage should my project or initiative be at?
We consider projects and initiatives from idea stage to mature stage. There are many social impact projects that have been implemented for years without systemic awareness and depth of intervention we are looking for, and there are idea stage projects that are grounded in a profound understanding of the system and involve intentional redesign worldviews, cultures, and institutions, so our criteria can be applied to projects and initiatives at any stage.
Do I have to come to the San Francisco Bay Area for my presentation if I am selected a finalist?
We select finalists regardless of their ability to come to the San Francisco Bay Area in October. We work with each finalist who wants to deliver their presentation in person helping them arrange their visit, and we work with those who prefer to present remotely on arranging their a way to present remotely for them. Last year we had 6 finalists presenting in person (2 of them were awarded scholarships) and 2 finalists presenting remotely (one of them was awarded a scholarship).
Do you pay for my travel?
No. Generally we do not sponsor travel. However, we work closely with each finalist to help them navigate their travel options. Also, our Evolutionary Leadership Community might have a possibility to sponsor travel of its members who participate in the Evolutionary Future Challenge (last year the ELC sponsored one of its members to come to the San Francisco Bay Area from Greece).
What if I am given a full-tuition scholarship to the Evolutionary Leadership Fellows program but cannot participate this year?
The schedule of the fellowship program is designed in a way that makes it very easy for finalists to attend if they are presenting in person. If you cannot be in the Bay Area in October 18-22, 2018, then you can join the next cohort of fellows in the fall of 2019 or use your scholarship towards 50 hours of mentorship from IEL team members (in this case individual mentoring plan and schedule should be coordinated with the IEL)
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Cleofash Alinaitwe with Art Planet Academy, Uganda
From consumers to natural and climate-smart farmers: redesigning local culture of farming by building youth-led educational networks, farming innovation labs, and support structure in Western Uganda
Daisy Ozim with Resilient Wellness, USA
From illness caused by intergenerational trauma to mental and physical healing: redesigning cultures, institutions, and self-reinforcing mental models affecting people with intergenerational trauma through education and holistic health services
Christiana Gardikioti with “W.E”. the Meraki People, Greece
From empty dying villages to thriving regenerative communities working in and for nature: redesigning production in the 21st century by humanizing technology and empowering locals at Mount Parnonas through wellness enterprises with global appeal
Chelsea Robinson with Funding Questions, USA
From funding ideas to funding questions: redesigning the culture and process of early-stage funding through educational and consulting initiatives
Elizabeth Carney with Zen Heart – Lifestyle Intelligence, USA
From our passive support of systems causing preventable diseases to taking charge of our own health: redesigning our food production, holistic healthcare, and our individual lifestyles through self-empowered discovery labs and peer supported global networks.
Leila País de Miranda with Moleque de Ideias, Brazil
From industrial hierarchies to glocal networked societies of purpose-driven co-creators: redesigning childhood and adult education by building a global network multi-generational self-learning spaces started in Brazil
Marc Tognotti with Mukungule Community Nature Conservancy, Zambia
From extreme marginalization to leadership: redesigning the relationship between Western conservation and indigenous peoples by creating a community-led nature conservancy in Zambia
Ray Podder with Free Your Life, USA
From valuing things to valuing people: redesigning fundamental functions of currency by creating an open value access based on blockchain technology