In publishing our first annual report on our social purpose, we struggled to identify the perfect addressee, and as we have a mission affecting all, we decided to start with a broad reach: The World.
2013 was an exciting year for MovingWorlds.org, a social enterprise connecting people that want to change the world with organizations changing it. As we continue to grow, our mission becomes even more deeply rooted in the “talent gap” challenge – an issue the World Economic Forum considers the second leading barrier to progress. In short, social impact organizations around the world are unable to grow, create jobs, and make a positive impact because they lack access to expertise needed to scale.
It’s not an easy problem, but it is the problem we are trying to solve. In order to find the right matches to accelerate impact at local organizations, you need to approach this challenge at scale. Our first milestone was to launch an online platform (Beta) where people can join, create profiles based on their expertise, and get matched to the best organization around the world to volunteer their skills. We then provide training and facilitate a matching process to ensure high-impact and safe Experteering engagements.
2013 by the Numbers
While definitely a year best described as “starting up”, we’re excited to share that our early efforts are putting us on the right track
- Over 5,500 hours of professional skills were donated to social impact organizations around the world based on connections facilitated by MovingWorlds.
- We listed opportunities in over 30 countries and 50 cities, where our work has touched over 250+ people globally.
- 20+ global development partners joined our network to connect us to verified social impact organizations around the world.
- The dollar value of the skills that were donated through MovingWorlds totals over $677,500.
- Throughout our Experteering engagements, over 20 different professions were represented, from architecture and accounting to sales and strategy.
2013 by Key Events
Beyond the numbers, we:
- Developed resources and trainings to help people volunteer their skills around the world ethically and effectively
- Launched a beta website to connect people at scale
- Kicked-off an investing campaign to fuel our growth
- Implemented a partnership strategy with global development organizations also looking to overcome the “talent gap”
Based on the growing pace of connections at the end of 2013, we look forward to an even more exciting 2014 And as we look ahead to this coming year, we hope you’ll join us.
Yours in moving worlds,
Derk Norde and Mark Horoszowski, co-founders of MovingWorlds.org