Catalysts for Change Project
Paths out of Poverty
Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are looking for ways out of poverty. While progress has been made, over 1.2 billion poor or vulnerable people around the world are still living in extreme poverty.
To close this gap, the Rockefeller Foundation has joined forces with IFTF to test a new way of solving global problems and developing solutions.
Catalysts for Change is a map to change the world—to build resilience and equity in communities everywhere. The key to this change is leverage—and the four catalysts provide leverage in the lives of poor and vulnerable people. Check out the Map Website.
On April 3-5, IFTF and the Rockefeller Foundation invited people all over the world to join the Catalysts for Change Foresight Engine game and imagine thousands of paths out of poverty. More than 1,600 people from 79 countries responded, and after 48 hours they had imagined 18,160 ideas for ways to catalyze change in poor, vulnerable, or marginalized communities. The game website can be found at:
Catalysts for Change Press
- Forbes.com: "Over to You Mr. Smarty-Pants: How Would You Fix the World?"
- Evolution of Philanthropy: "Game Mechanics for causes—Catalysts for Change"
- Fast Company’s Co.Exist: "Join Jane McGonigal In Gaming The World Out Of Poverty"
- Venture Beat: "Game designers and Rockefeller Foundation attack poverty with fun"
- Boing Boing: "Contribute your ideas to fight global poverty"
- Education Week: "Leveling Up Global Competence"
- Huffington Post: "Global Hunger Games"