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Metam?rphany

One word—describing a positive change in someone's perspective

Metamorphany Changemakers is new and on a mission—dedicated to help our local communities, empower our young minds, lift organizations, young professionals and (new) leaders to a higher level, and accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable solutions to issues that matter and affect us all—locally and globally, today and in the future.

From the decline in 'the middle class' ratios, rising poverty rates and devastating numbers of homelessness and addiction...to the increased impact of global warming, epidemic rise of anxiety and depression amongst teens, young adults and elderly...and the reality that over 85% of our children in schools today worldwide are preparing themselves for jobs that are not even there yet and our schools are having to play catch-up to that fact.

We believe that impactful change has to come from our local communities. We should not rely on our Governments or large institutions to bring us solutions to many of the issues that we have, collectively, helped create as humans. We believe that we are the solution ourselves...collectively.

We are a network of innovators, educators, changemakers and extrapreneurs. We are community development practitioners, business professionals, scientists, tradesmen, lobbyists and activists; Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters and brothers. We believe in a better tomorrow and we believe in the solutions we bring forward collectively. Our innovation specialists and change makers are ready to help communities, municipalities, NGOs, Governments and private sector organizations find sustainable solutions for any and many of their challenges. We invite you to connect with us.

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Metamorphany is a word that captures a defining change in someone's perspective on a matter...any matter. It is an inspiring thought to know that such a word exists, for its mere existence proves that positive change is possible, regardless of where we come from or what our starting point is. As a word, metamorphany is the embodiment of hope for and belief in a bright future for all. But Metamorphany is so much more than an inspiring word; it's the launching pad of action, a starting point from which we make change together.

Focus

Innovate locally   |   Impact globally

We help organizations—private & public, profit & non-profit, local, regional & national—develop innovative and sustainable solutions for complex and/or pressing challenges. We facilitate transformational change by training you, your colleagues and community members on innovation techniques, product/service/strategy development, including collaborative decision making and pitching of new concepts to important stakeholders.

We organize and facilitate Themed Innovation Events (Innovation Games, Hackathons and Innovation Challenges) during which we help increase awareness for many local and global social issues while developing new and sustainable solutions for them. We do this in and with the local communities, because we believe that the only way to effectively impact globally is to innovate locally first.

Join us as a fellow Metamorphany Changemaker or contact us as an organization (public, private, profit or non-profit) for our custom designed Workshops, Innovation events, team building options, Young Professional Program and/or Product and Strategy development packages.   

Ultimately, our primary focus is to help and empower you and all of our global citizens, our local communities. We take on challenges from public and private organizations to accelerate sustainable change and impact above and beyond our local communities.

We facilitate the design and development of sustainable (not band-aid) solutions that don’t have to cost millions or require years of decision making meetings. In the process we train our members and event participants on creative and collaborative solution finding methodologies that have proven to change people’s lives.

We are linked to a network of dedicated and multidisciplinary specialists, "Extrapreneurs" and "Innovators" who believe that our young minds—our next-generation—must play a key part in finding sustainable solutions for many of the challenges they will inherit from the generation(s) before them.

We believe that sustainable solutions lie not just in the development of new products and services. Sustainable impact by anything new can only be achieved through the endorsement and collaboration of many, preferably all of us. Only then will we also be able to bring about a transformational behavioural change in our societies and build the new leadership we require. It is imperative that we work together, create a joint ownership of our local and global issues, and joint-responsibility for our solutions. We should not wait for our leaders to lead the way. We can lead our world leaders in the right direction instead.

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Youth-Driven Innovation at work

Metamorphany believes in community-centred innovation and utilizing the intrinsic fresh perspectives of the new generation(s). We believe in the ingeniousness of our young minds and young professionals and feel it is our responsibility to involve them in our search of sustainable solutions for many of the issues they have inherited or will be inheriting from the previous generations. As innovation specialists we guide them towards new insights and inspiring solutions that leave even the most experienced stakeholders in awe. We provide the process and innovation expertise, our young minds provide their natural ability to answer the questions we have never asked before. It works and is contagiously inspiring. Join us and become hooked as well on our Youth-Driven Innovation initiatives.

Young minds litterally searching for solutions outside the box

Young people are often bold and look at angles not yet explored

endless possibilities to build a duck with just 7 blocks of lego

You might see a duck, young people see unlimited ways to build it

Young professional holding inspiring speech after given a voice (the mic)

When given a voice, young people always inspire and surprise

a new sun rising over beautiful mountainous landscape

They deserve a say in protecting what cannot be replaced once it's gone.

Elementary Children excited to find sustainable solutions for the 17 Global Goals

Children get totally engaged when asked to find solutions for real issues.

Young professional climbing a wooden wall covered in dirt

Young people go all in when given something to believe in.

Young woman fine tuning robotic arm for health industry

Young minds are yet 'uncompromised' and want to impact by looking forward

Two children researching The Global Goals using portable devices

Minds that grew up in the "future" naturally bring new perspectives to life.

Sticky notes on Design Thinking Canvas by StudioWhy regarding affordable housing crisis

They WANT to work on issues others before them created, yet they now suffer from

sign on a closed door that says Innovation in Progress, Do Not Enter.

They know they don't have the time generations before them had. NOW! is their only time

Two children researching The Global Goals using portable devices

A generation that TALKS LESS and when given purpose DOES MORE...

Two children researching The Global Goals using portable devices

Young people are eager to show what their minds and hands are capable of

Mission

Empower youth   |   Bridge divide   |   Realize Global Goals

Our mission is threefold.

  • I

    Believe and Empower

    We, first and foremost, believe in the strength of our young minds of today and tomorrow. We believe that with the right guidance they will be able to ask the questions we have not yet thought of, and find the solution directions that have not yet been invented. We believe, we require their genius minds and a new type of thinking. Like Einstein said,

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them."

    We believe that we do not just need a little bit of new. We need a whole lot of it.

  • II

    Partner and Bridge

    As a think tank and facilitator of change our second mission is to bridge the socioeconomic divide and help (re)build the middle class again—together with the help of all of you.

    While the number of millionaires and billionaires globally is higher than it has ever been, the middle class—the backbone of every economy—has rapidly grown thinner in many places. And the number of people living below or near the poverty line continues to increase.

    As innovators and changemakers, we see the complexity and interconnectedness of many of our local and global issues. We believe, however, that many of our challenges are one way or another either caused or fed by the scale of socioeconomic inequality we see today in our cities and countries. We believe that we are able to successfully turn the tide...TOGETHER!

  • III

    Enable and Realize

    The third pillar in our mission finds its origin in 2015, when our world leaders vowed to realize 17 primary interconnected goals by 2030. Since then a lot of work has been done to create global awareness for these 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as The Global Goals. Today (2019), still too many people are unfamiliar with The Global Goals.

    Metamorphany Changemakers helps ensure that every individual in your local community is made aware of The Global Goals and its underlying sub-goals, especially our students, teachers and local influencers.

    But as important as 'awareness' is, awareness of issues alone will not automatically lead to solutions for them. Our mission therefore is to help individuals and communities identify how the underlying issues, related to the Global Goals, touch their own living and work environment. And we offer our expertise and services to communities, municipalities, organizations and its leaders and help them accelerate the development of sustainable (not band-aid) solutions for those issues.

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Imagine

Rising together   |   Making history   |   Securing our future

Imagine what we can do when we listen to each other's individual strengths and bundle them into sustainable solutions that most deem(ed) impossible. That's the thing with solutions that are born from within the community itself. WE are the owners of the challenges, together...that's inherent to living and being part of a community. This also gives us the power to make solutions succeed...or fail.

When we succeed, it is due to the doing of many and all. If solutions struggle to succeed it is also never the doing of one or few. Chances of success increase when our individual egos step aside to make room for the collective voice of all.

Our social challenges aren't someone else's fault or responsibility; we all play a leading role. And we all can only choose between two options. We either DO or we DON'T answer when our community around us is in need of help. And we all know, that despite all our good efforts over the decades, it is in need of help. Just think of the...

  • Increasing rates of anxiety, depression, homelessness, addictions, poverty;

  • Housing Affordability Crisis in many of our major cities worldwide;

  • Failing 'equality' initiatives in our societies, organizations and institutes;

  • Jobs that our children are preparing for in schools which won't be around when they graduate;

  • Jobs that will be around then, yet they are not or cannot prepare for, because they haven't been invented yet;

And then we haven't even touched on how the underlying causes related to the 17 Global Goals are impacting our communities, our cities and countries.

We are inspired by the growing number of people that DO answer the call for help. But just imagine for a moment if ALL OF US would. And not just to go onto the streets and campaign—which is of course too an absolute necessity—but to come together as members of Metamorphany and develop sustainable solutions for the issues that matter to us and our local communities. You, your friends, family, colleagues do not need to wait for solutions by your bosses, council members or politicians. You can choose to start today.Imagine with us!

"Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals."

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."

—   Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)   —

American cultural anthropologist, author and speaker

Spoken at mass media events in the 1960s and 1970s

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

"Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world."

"The best education I received was working with people in the community on a grassroots basis. Because what it taught me was that ordinary people, when they are working together can do extraordinary things."

—   Barack Obama   —

American politician, writer, attorney, and philanthropist.

Served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

 

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says
I’m possible"

—   Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)   —

British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian

 

"If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world."

—   Avram Noam Chomsky   —

American professor of linguistics, historian, social critic and political activist.

Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science.