Next Steps

Catalyzing the future you want …

This online map is a guide to catalysts for transforming the lives of poor and vulnerable people. It depicts a changing landscape of strategies, tools, and policies—an innovative set of building blocks that organizations, communities, and even regions can use to catalyze new levels of wealth and well-being. It’s a tool you can use in your institution or community to jump-start the process of catalyzing a more resilient and equitable future.

Start here: game.catalyze4change.org

On April 3-5, the world will play a fast-paced, high-powered game to imagine new catalysts for change in the coming century. Please join us to share your ideas, innovations, and insights at game.catalyze4change.org. Then put the map to work for you by following these four steps …

Three Steps to the Future

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Step 1: Create Your Own Action Checklist

Review the action zones and signals across this site. You can begin to create an action checklist by choosing the zones where your organization or community could have the biggest impact. You may want to focus on one type of catalyst: for example, if your group has expertise and knowledge in the world of information technologies, you may want to focus most of your attention on New Evidence. Or you may want to think about the best way to use your resources across all four types of catalysts.

You can work as a group. Print out the PDF of the map and invite members to mark up their maps with their own ideas about the most important action zones for the group. Then compare across the group to see where members agree or disagree. Discuss the differences, and see if there is a common set of action items that everyone can support.

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Step 2: Connect the Dots Across Solutions

The map has signals of solutions—specific ways that people are catalyzing change around the world. Look at your action list and then survey the signals to find solutions that you might be able to apply or adapt in your community or organization. You can circle them on the map and then think about the connections among them. Can you build several solutions to create a whole that is more than the sum of its parts? Is it better to scale up a solution or to combine several? Does one solution logically follow another? Some solutions form natural combinations and others can actually compete with each other. Find the set of signals that makes the most sense as an inspiration or starting place for your own strategy.

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Step 3: Create Scenarios

Once you have an action checklist and a set of solutions that you think you can build on, you’re ready to create a scenario—a story that can become a guiding vision for your efforts. As an organization, you can integrate these stories into your strategic planning and vision over the coming years. As a community, you can broaden public engagement and invite further comment on the stories and illustrations that you produce. Even an individual can use this process to better understand the changing world. Whatever approach you use, give your story as many details as you can to make it seem both possible and plausible. Your story may be the most important step toward a big change.

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Step 4: Build a Roadmap

A road map is a visual strategy. It plots the steps from now to the future you want to catalyze. Review your signals, action zones, and scenarios. Then the critical steps to get you to the future you want.

You can use a diagram like this one to map the near-term, mid-term, and long-term steps toward the scenario you want to create. Divide the steps into easy and difficult to decide how you want to allocate your resources. Now you're ready to start building the world you want.

For More Information

You can learn more about how to use this map for action in Next Steps, and if you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.