Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Every time a person walks into a Rhize Hub, they immediately feel a part of change much larger than themselves. Space for activists to convene, train, collaborate, and gain access to a larger ecosystem of like minded groups and individuals will strengthen civil society in the region. We have already seen the promising results of in-country trainings and long-term support of growing movements. A hub minimizes the logistical and financial hurdles associated with staging multiple in-country trainings over time by creating a venue and community that recognizes the needs of its peers. Hubs are direct access points for anyone to in civil society to donate skills, money, or voice by signing petitions, attending events, or sharing stories.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We’ve worked with 14 movements and trained 80 activists in-country, who in turn have led their own trainings reaching up to 500 others, and grown our coaching team to 13. As part of a global 6-month fellowship launched this year, fellows have been invited to speak at civil society conferences around the world, have advised others building movements, and recently, we brought a former fellow onto our team in a paid full-time position. Now, creating a network of hubs enables our vision for the long term: continued and sustainable support for movements that evolves as they grow. Rhize’s focus on movement cross-pollination and trainer development creates a path for catalysts to get paid to coach other movements in the network. For example, Sungu from Kenyans for Tax Justice went from Rhize Fellow to facilitator at a Rhize training for other KTJ leaders to coach at a Rhize training in Uganda.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Rhize will focus on establishing its first hub in Nairobi in 2016. Responding to demand for more consistent support, we are prioritizing building a strong base of coaches locally, continue training and deepening our connections to movements, and developing partnerships with various sectors of society. We plan to be in a permanent space by 2017. Over the next 5 years we aim to set up one more hub—most likely in Istanbul or Delhi—support 50 movements, train 30k catalysts, 100 coaches, recruit 50k allies (emails) with 5,000 registered to donate, and set up our connective technology platform.