SUPPORT GLOBAL CHANGEMAKERS
Visions for Change is providing learning, support and networking opportunities free and open to all (see program schedule below). In the spirit of the gift economy, we encourage and invite you to contribute to at least one of the organizations below, which have been selected by our community for doing crucial work around the globe providing relief in hard-hit communities.
You can learn more about them and donate by visiting their websites below.
If you can't afford to 'pay it forward' - forward it! By creating visibility for this opportunity with your network you contribute as well. We trust that everyone will give as much as they can, in different ways, to the communities that matter most to them.
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Strengthening Communities in Peru
Our purpose is to improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods at social risk. We do this by strengthening the community fabric, transforming the physical environment and the life trajectory of its inhabitants.
Strengthening Afro-Brazilian Entrepreneurs
Dos Afros Pro Mundo (From Afros To The World) is a new initiative giving visibility and support to black informal workers, afro entrepreneurs and innovative businesses and organizations that contribute to racial and social equality.
Strengthening the Maasai Community and Land
Nashulai is the first indigenous Maasai owned, founded, governed, and managed conservancy in East Africa: a unique community conservancy devoted to restoring the sustainability of people, wildlife, and place.
Supporting Street Children and the Mathare Community
The social enterprise Nai Nami transforms criminal street kids from Nairobi’s slums into storyteller guides who make tourists experience Nairobi through the eyes of a street child. Now they help street families and elders in the Mathare slum by distributing food, masks and sanitizer.
Supporting Mental Health in India
The purpose of Mithra ( friend in Sanskrit) is to provide mental health information, and tools, in a way that a peer would. Mithra promotes understanding, empathy, and connectedness by providing safe spaces both online and offline for people to express themselves, introspect, and feel a sense of belonging.
To support Mithra Trust from outside India, please donate via Amani Institute's PayPal.
Supporting Vulnerable Families in India
Yein Udaan (YU) builds learning-entrenched communities in the southern Indian city of Chennai. They create safe spaces in low-income communities and provide a diverse range of learning opportunities that are otherwise inaccessible by these strata of society.
MAY 2020 - CAREERS OF CHANGE
How will careers change because of the pandemic? From life-design to virtual team-building, mental health support to the sustainability canvas, there is much change and even disruption on the horizon. Join us in May to explore what the 'future of impact work' looks like. Find the right opportunity for you and your team here.
Week 2: May 14 | 2pm - 3:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
Perspectives from the ground: Six organizations share their work providing Covid-19 relief efforts in diverse communities and challenging circumstances.
Week 3: May 21 | 2pm - 3:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
ROUNDTABLE: Careers of Change - how can you build a career for the post-covid era and the future of impact work? (See speaker profiles below) Host: Pauline Ndonga, Senior Program Manager, Amani Institute
Week 4: May 28 | 2pm - 3:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
SKILL PILLS: Ready to make a move? Managing your Career during Disruptive Times
Instructor: Arjun Sashidhar, Program Manager, Amani Institute
JUNE 2020 - NATURE OF CHANGE
2020 began with wildfires destroying a continent, and yet that seems a lifetime ago, doesn't it? Because nature was just getting started. Our signature Bio-Empathy program at Amani Institute looks to nature for inspiration towards designing social impact and building resilient leadership. Any post-covid world must reckon with building a better relationship with the natural world. So what can we learn from nature about change?
YOGA SESSIONS: Self-care as Part of Collective Care - with Giselle Rouvier
Fridays, 4pm - 5pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
As changemakers it is part of our work to remember to replenish our own well so that we can fully show up with our gifts and be of service to the collective. We believe that without a practice of self-awareness and full presence we can't be held accountable as leaders. This is vital to transforming our world into a place where we prioritise collective care and well-being for all. In this session we focus on honoring, trusting, celebrating and meeting ourselves where - and how we are.
Week 2: June 9 | 11am - 12:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
ROUNDTABLE: Nature of Change - What can we learn from nature about how to approach the post-Covid world? (Panel will feature Sharmishtha Dattagupta, Andres Roberts and Tariq Al-Olaimy. See their speaker profiles below.)
Host: Roshan Paul,CEO, Amani Institute.
June 21 | 1pm - 2pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
Impact Assessment 101: Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Rasikha Venkat
in this 1-hour session, you can ask M&E expert Rasikha Venkat any anything (AMA) impact related - whether you want to take a course on it, whether you want to understand what tools to use, whether you want to understand how impact measurement works, etc. If you are experienced in the development sector or new to it, you can be sure to find strategic insights and tips.
June 23 | 2pm - 3:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
SKILL PILLS: How Nature can help us cope with disruption and design for resilience.'
Instructor: Denise DeLuca, Co-Founder, BCI: Bio-mimicry for Creative Innovation and Director, Sustainable Design Program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Amani Institute is partnering with SignAble Communications to make this even accessible through sign language interpretation.
JULY 2020 - CULTURE OF CHANGE
Thankfully, there has been an outpouring of support resources to take care of our individual well-being during this crisis. But what about organizational well-being? This month we explore what kind of 'inner work' organizations must do to successfully affect change in the outside world (see week 2 and 4). This inner work in organizations is best conducted through building organizational culture aligned with our values.
Community Offers in July:
From Yoga for self-care to using our women cycle more wisely to preparing your business for sustainability post-covid - choose from a variety of donation-based offers from our community which support is right for you and your team this month.
YOGA SESSIONS: Self-care as Part of Collective Care
Instructor: Giselle Rouvier, Yoga Instructor
July 2 | 2pm - 3pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
PANEL: Diversity and Inclusion - Practical Measures on Rethinking Business post Covid-19
Guest speakers include Marina Badford, Sustainability Consultant from the UK, Yan Ragede, founder of From Afros to the World, and Amani Social Innovation Management Fellows, Giulia Pagliarini Lanzuolo, Selma Moreira and Akash Chander.
July 6 | 2pm - 3:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
WEBINAR: Working with the Feminine Cycle
Instructor: Amalia Vazquez, Social Innovation Consultant, Nutritionist and Systemic Constellation Facilitator
Week 2: July 9 | 2pm - 3:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
ROUNDTABLE: Culture of Change -what does 'inner work' look like for organizations? (See speaker profiles below.)
Week 4: July 23 | 2pm - 3:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
SKILL PILLS: Designing a culture of innovation, leadership and alignment in your organization
Instructor: Ilaina Rabbat, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Amani Institute
AUGUST 2020 - FUTURE OF CHANGE
Everyone talks about the 'new normal' - but what does that really mean? What imaginative capacities can help us envision and shape a better 'normal' instead of merely reacting to it? What collaborative efforts allow a real 'new normal' to emerge while leveraging the many change efforts happening around the world? Where, in short, do we want the world to go?
August 20 | 5pm - 5:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
ROUNDTABLE: Future of Change - Social fiction and Re-imagining a 'New Normal' (Speakers see below)
August 27 | 5pm - 5:30pm UTC (convert to your timezone)
SKILL PILLS: How 'social fiction' can build your ability to imagine - and shape - a better future
Instructor: Geraldine Hepp, Global Community Director, Amani Institute