About | Metamorphany
Metamorphany Changemakers is a next-generation innovation and social change organization—dedicated to accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable solutions to issues that matter and affect us all. Locally and globally. Today and in the future. We operate as a think tank and education & training organization centred around Innovation, Youth Empowerment and Community Development.
In other words, we use Community Development processes and Innovation- and Collaborative Decision Making Methodologies to achieve our mission and goals. And we do this together with our (international) network of specialists in innovation, education and community development; and (local) community members, students and starters/young-professionals.
What do we do?
Metamorphany helps find and develop solutions (concepts, products, services, policy-changes, etc) to issues that matter and affect us all. We advocate, promote awareness and change people's perspectives and lives. We promote and facilitate the development of sustainable and easy-to-implement solutions, have a longterm focus and are dedicated to drive positive and lasting change.
We help Communities, Municipalities, Governments and Organizations in numerous countries find these sustainable solutions through our work at (our) innovation events and innovation labs. But our most influential impact longterm, comes from our Youth-Driven Innovation program. A program that focuses on empowering our young minds and Global Citizens. The program helps educate young minds and their influencers to innovate—from the community's school-aged members and their parents, teachers & school-administrators to an organization's or sector's young professionals and starters.
We train them on innovation methodologies, 21st century leadership, and collaborative solution finding. We foster an entrepreneurial mindset while we simultaneously work on developing sustainable solutions for local issues that relate to—or are ripple effects of—the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In line with our mission Metamorphany takes an active role in helping positively pace the evolution of Education1** click/tap word(s) again to close **
1An interesting read: "The role of Education: shaping a sustainable future for all of us" by Michael Smits on Metamorphany.org
at our schools and universities worldwide.
You can find our initiatives in numerous countries, including Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and the United States of America--and in its early stages in Germany, Indonesia, South Africa and The Philippines.
Why are we so driven and why should you care?
At Metamorphany, we care about the advancements people have made in our countries and cities throughout the centuries and decennia, yet we also conclude that there are essential underlying lessons/factors we, as people, have made much less progress in. We believe that 'gap' may well be the root cause of many of our social-, economic-, political- and cultural issues worldwide.
We take our inspiration and drive from the many committed young minds that have participated in our events, (social) innovation initiatives and innovation labs; those that will do so in the future; and those that have voiced their dedication to create change around the world. We are inspired by them as they will be the new leaders of our local communities and possibly the world.
So while we focus at Metamorphany on finding immediate solutions for many of our current and future issues, we are determined to eradicate many of these over time by simply being better custodians and mentors for the next generation(s) of Global Citizens. And we help, where possible, individuals and groups to do the same. Our world's young minds and the next-generation(s) of global citizens are our primary driver to excel in what we do best--facilitate positive change by helping others innovate within communities and beyond; within sectors and across.
In a world with almost 7.7 billion people2** click/tap word(s) again to close **
2Based on the data listed on www.worldometers.info in December 2018
for current data click here and a population growth2 of around 1 million per year, we believe it is our duty to help the present and next generation(s) of children, youth and young professionals/starters (including the communities they live and work in) experience positive accelerated learning. Especially, in a world that is changing more rapidly3** click/tap word(s) again to close **
2Some interesting reads on this topic are:
> The 2017 research report "The next era of human|machine partnerships - Emerging technologies’ impact on society and work in 2030" by independent, nonprofit strategic research and educational organization Institute for the Future (IFTF) performed for Dell Technologies;
> The 2016 book "The Inevitable" by Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. In his latest book he forecasts the twelve technological forces that will shape the next thirty years.
Know any other interesting sources, let us know by connecting with us than any time in history. Our collaborative innovation methodologies and Youth-Driven Innovation Program do just that.
What do we do differently?
We don't do 'band-aid' solutions or 'short-term' thinking. With technology and practical applications changing more rapidly now than ever before, we feel that thinking and acting in such a way would be like investing in 'stagnation' or 'regression'. We, as people, can simply not afford to do this any longer. Nor should anyone that is concerned about major issues such as our the global socioeconomic divide, climate change, epidemic anxiety/depression ratios, and the future of our children and starters, accept such thinking and acting any longer. We all deserve better, and can do better. There are many individuals and young people proving this worldwide everyday.
Metamorphany stands for progress. In a rapidly changing environment, progress can only be achieved by renewing or evolving at a faster pace than the environment around us is changing. This is literally what the word 'innovation' means. This is what makes Innovation such an essential life force for organizations, societies and individuals. It enables us to adapt to changes in our environment, achieve competitive advantage and can bring economic and social benefits. Innovation may look technology-driven, but it is just as likely to focus on new and better ways for people to work together. The important thing about innovation is that it creates economic value, even when the innovation is focused on solving social challenges.
We develop sustainable solutions together with and within the local communities. Solutions that don’t require months or sometimes years of decision-making meetings. In the process, we train our participants, using methodologies that foster longterm impact and have proven to change people's lives, including that of our participants.
We drive and accelerate innovation locally and through it aim to create a global impact (Innovate Locally / Impact Globally). We develop our sustainable solutions not by means of doling out our own concepts and ideas or those developed by other bodies; We help communities and stakeholders discover and develop their own solution-directions.
In other words, we do not simply work on solutions for our communities, organizations, defined priority groups and stakeholders. We are in it with them.
We purposefully focus on the local communities, as we believe in Community-Centred and Youth-Driven Innovation.
During themed innovation events and through (semi)permanent innovation labs, Metamorphany Changemakers induces positive change. We educate and train community members, students, employees and stakeholders, help them identify and define underlying issues and facilitate them towards designing sustainable solutions themselves. Afterwards, we often help (re)define and further develop their solution-directions with them into feasible sustainable products and services for which they themselves will take charge in the implementation and maintenance phase.
Why our approach benefits everyone and why it delivers longterm merit
Research and many practical examples have shown the benefits of polycentric approaches to solution finding for complex- and "loaded" issues. We are experts in Community Development Approaches, Creative Solution Finding and Collaborative Decision Making methodologies. Our innovative solutions are fully community driven.
This is why the solutions we help develop—assuming Metamorphany has been heavily involved in the facilitation process to finding and developing these solutions and the stakeholders have followed it accordingly—should not require millions of extra dollars in consultancy fees nor take months or years to implement. Such solutions are also much more likely to create lasting change. Additionally, as these local solutions often function as a "starting kits" for other communities elsewhere (even in other countries), we believe we can drive a compounding global impact, by sharing the many solution directions with our global network of innovators and Metamorphany members.
We can't wait to get you on board, either as a fellow changemaker or as a client that seeks sustainable solution directions. Have you for example thought about what 2030 will look like and what this will mean for you, your community, your organization, municipality, school, NGO, association and/or corporation? Don't hesitate to contact us!
If you feel inspired, join us or connect us to the leaders in your community. We look forward to it.