# Changemappers > Connecting changemakers. ## Summary Changemakers want to solve big social problems. Changemappers help them find & support each other and long-lasting impactful systemic change. Website: https://changemappers.org/ Ideas, roadmap (test): https://jovokepzok.frill.co/ ## Pitch ### Customer People who organize communities or volunteer regularly to help their local communities towards systemic changes. ### Customer problem Many changemakers feel alone in their own community as innovators. They struggle with problems that are already solved elsewhere. ### Solution Connect changemakers based on values, location, interest and availability to unlock full potential. Connect them to relevant solutions. ### Similar portals Facebook groups, Quora, Stack exchange, Minds, SDGs in Action, Steem. Jodel, Nextdoor are too “hyperlocal” (not designed to connect changemakers across borders) or not specific to changemakers. ### Service Changemappers provide a platform where people dedicated for systemic change can find each other and solutions to social challenges. ### Unique value set Focused on the needs of changemakers, supporting self-organization. Map-centered simple and visual interface. Increasing volunteering. Timing. Privacy-centered, transparent, open-source. ### Sustainability model Volunteering and donations support the platform. Certified ethical organizations can place ads. ### Creation process Prototype (MVP) development (expected to finish in Feb 2021), Prototype validation, Local crowdfunding (Hungary), International crowdfunding. ### Funding strategy Approach people and self-organizing communities directly. Community building. Crowdfunding. B-corps. EU, UN, foundations. ### Users Est. 30 million people worldwide, 3400+ B-corporations and about 1 million organizations who work for systemic change, including UN 17 SDGs. ### Marketing strategy Direct reach. Viral marketing. Networking, building community and strategic partnerships. Success stories in social media. * Pozi.io idea pitching platform: https://pozi.io/project/f71ff149-b5b9-4ee9-bd7a-a757a1497267 * Presencing Institute (Part of MITx u.lab - Theory U course): https://www.presencing.org/transforming-capitalism-lab/gallery/changemappers-connecting-changemakers ## We’re inspired by * Wikipedia, being the greatest and open online repository for human knowledge * Presencing Institute, by empowering local solidarity circles around the world (partly connected to the MIT Theory U training on edX), also providing valuable materials how to interact with each other through deep conversations * https://www.presencing.org/ * https://www.presencing.org/resource/tools * https://www.edx.org/course/ulab-leading-from-the-emerging-future * https://medium.com/presencing-institute-blog/democratizing-access-to-the-tools-methods-for-societal-transformation-10300d92f3cd * Creators of open-source licences, esp. AGPL, meaning that this platform is owned by all of us and respecting your 4 freedom rights * https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.en.html * https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html * Agile and Lean mindset, Lean UX and human-centered design which enhances human relationships by technology instead of destroying and monetizing them * https://www.humanetech.com/ * https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/ * Effective altruism * “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” * https://www.effectivealtruism.org/ * UN - THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development - Unite us through global goals * https://sdgs.un.org/goals * Admitting Failure - Learn from the failure of others * https://www.admittingfailure.org/ * Liberating Structures * When you feel included and engaged, do you do a better job? Do you think teams in which people work well together produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others? If YES, we have found this is the kind of organization and community that people want to be part of. AND, Liberating Structures help make it happen. * https://www.liberatingstructures.com/ * The Community Tool Box * Millions of people use the Community Tool Box each year to get help taking action, teaching, and training others in organizing for community development. Dive in to find help assessing community needs and resources, addressing social determinants of health, engaging stakeholders, action planning, building leadership, improving cultural competency, planning an evaluation, and sustaining your efforts over time. * https://ctb.ku.edu/en ## How could you help? * Spread the word to changemakers, local community organizers, volunteers, experts (programmers, graphic/UX designers, etc.) * Provide feedback, especially on: * What written (categorized) form of details (e.g. vision, mission, values, principles, topics and goals) would serve you to decide if you want to meet another changemaker? * On a scale of 1 to 10, how well can you relate to United Nations 17 SDGs to describe your preferences related to social causes? (e.g. to decide whether you want to be involved or not in a volunteering project) * Regarding your talents and goals, how much are you comfortable to share on a public online platform? * What type of privacy controls would you need at minimum? * Sponsor prototype development * One simple user story (function) costs about 50-300 $ * Contribute to code if you “speak” Svelte/Javascript/OpenStreetMap/UI Design/etc.: https://github.com/sicambria/changemappers