If you have a project or initiative that (1) aims at addressing systemic root causes of social and/or environmental challenges and (2) involves intentional redesign of worldviews, cultures, and institutions, we invite you to apply for our 2nd Annual Evolutionary Future Challenge.
8 finalists will be invited to present their projects/initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 18th, 2018 to an independent panel of Evolutionary Judges. The judges will select 3 recipients of a full-tuition scholarship to the Evolutionary Leadership Fellows program. Other prizes from our institutional partners will also be awarded to selected finalists.
Our core team members will work closely with all finalists individually and as a group to help them prepare for the final presentation day. Independent Evolutionary Judges will evaluate each presentation based on the Evolutionary Work Basic Evaluation Criteria, share evaluation results with the participants and provide feedback after each presentation. Prizes are awarded based on the best fit and greatest potential impact of a specific prize on the recipient's project or initiative as determined by the judges by consensus or majority vote.
Our experience working with change initiatives, especially in social entrepreneurship and philanthropy, showed us that current support systems, especially those related to funding, provide strong incentives for change-makers to come up with technical solutions within existing cultures and institutions that created the problem in the first place. A pivotal moment for us was when an international group of social entrepreneurs that we were mentoring at Google Launchpad shared that many of them were pressed by their investors to abandon the original purpose of their companies for the sake of scalability and effective monetization - and this is just one example of what many of us have seen a lot in our work.
This prompted us to create a space for social innovators to talk about their projects from the perspective of conscious social evolution. Systemic awareness and depth of intervention (all the way to cultural and institutional context as well as stakeholders' individual mental models) became the key criteria we used to assess the relevance and potential impact of our finalists' projects thus changing incentives to encourage deep systemic transformation rather than technical solutions that miss the root cause of the problem (see presentations of initiatives aimed at changing funding paradigm, healing intergenerational trauma, and transforming the legacy of colonialism in attempts to preserve wildlife as examples of last year's finalists).
Application deadline: 12 pm Pacific Time, August 1st, 2018
Note: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis; we might contact some applicants for additional information.
Finalists announced: August 15th, 2018
Final presentations & awards: October 18th, 2018
Evolutionary Leadership Fellows program kick-off: October 20th - 22nd, 2018
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Recording of the online introduction & Q&A session (Highlights):
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My focus has been on adapting large group conversational processes such as World Cafe, Open Space Technology and Appreciative Inquiry to the virtual realm, as well as integrating in-person and virtual formats within a single conversation, gathering or engagement.
Our community of evolutionary judges helps evolve our selection and evaluation criteria, advises on a wide range of topics related to the Evolutionary Future Challenge, and delegates 6 judges to evaluate finalists' presentations, provide feedback, and award prizes.
We informally call our evolutionary judges "Dolphins" to highlight the collaborative and supportive culture of judging with this reference to the final presentation format we call "Dolphin Sea" as opposed to the popular "Shark Tank".
Unlike core team members of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership, our evolutionary judges don't work with finalists before the final presentations day to ensure the integrity of the evaluation process. However, when finalists present their initiatives to the judges we expect feedback to come from the place of genuine caring and willingness to support. We also encourage sharing information and building relationships in the spirit of collaboration and in alignment with the shared purpose.
Prizes are awarded based on the greatest impact of a particular prize on the recipient's initiative. This means that the Challenge does not have winners - we treat both the judges and the finalists as stakeholders of one system and invite them to think about the most effective allocation of available resources (prizes) so that collective efforts of our judges and finalists could make the greatest possible contribution to building a more just, sustainable, and flourishing world.
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What Our Evolutionary Judges Say:
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