Our Mission: ChangemakerXchange is a global community providing safe, supportive, fun, and empowering spaces for changemakers. We foster profound and lasting connections, nurture wellbeing, and enable peer-learning and meaningful collaborations so that changemakers may create, sustain and scale positive change.

Our Vision: We envision a world where everyone is part of inclusive communities in which people connect deeply and co-create positive action to serve the wellbeing of people and planet.

Our values

Our values and purpose statements ​were co-created with our ​whole community.

Where others see competition, we see collaboration. We align our goals and share resources to build on each other’s impact and catalyse systemic change.

We trust each other with our opinions and feelings, and we sometimes tell the untold about changemaking. We know that what we share with the community stays there.

We share thoughts and emotions fearlessly and welcome our differences wholeheartedly. We can be our real, vulnerable selves.

We actively care for our own wellbeing and are there for those around us. We care for their wellbeing and try to help out whenever we can.

We recognise the importance of creativity and fun to ignite positive change through the work we carry out.

The problem we tackle

LACK OF SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

Changemaking can be a lonely path to take, the unconventional route and one where our members are often seen as the black sheep of their family and friends. Many lack the necessary support of peers to drive each other on. It is often not financially rewarding and can be difficult to sustain as a way of life.​

BURNOUT​

According to our impact surveys, a worrying majority of young changemakers or someone from their teams has been close to or experienced a burnout. Self-care is often not prioritised and awareness of the importance of wellbeing is low.​

HEROPRENEUR PARADIGM​

Many young changemakers fall victim to the seductive paradigm of the ‘hero entrepreneur’ which glorifies the role of the founder or leader, often at the expense of more collaborative or systemic focused impact, leading to a lack of cooperation in the field.​

LOST IMPACT POTENTIAL​

All of the above leads to significant unfulfilled impact potential of the social innovation field and society as a whole.

Our activities

GATHERINGS

​We host unique, intensive and intimate 4-day “unconference” gatherings in nature, focused on human connection, peer learning, wellbeing and collaboration.​​

Community

Participants then become part of a global community of 800+ like-minded souls, who learn and share together. ​​

Capacity

​We empower the community with tools and knowledge on system change, wellbeing and impact orientation through a hybrid combination of physical and virtual gatherings​.

COLLABORATION

We give funds and guidance for the community to develop high impact cross-border collaborations which deepen the impact of their initiatives and spread the spirit of changemaking far and wide.​​

OWNERSHIP

We implement a decentralised, non-hierarchical organisational model in which the community of young people have a say in all strategic decisions of the organisation.

Our impact on the planet

Our people

Nick McGirl (Core Team)

Nick is the Co-founder and Co-Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. His background straddles multiple countries and has been at the intersection of social innovation and education. Including; • Re-launching Ashoka in Turkey and building an alliance of organisations aiming to transform education in the country. • Launching Ashoka Europe's education initiative and building a continental network of 'Changemaker Schools'. • Working on one of the world's first social impact bonds programmes with young offenders in London for Catch 22. • Setting up new programmes and partnerships in Kenya and India while developing the first pilot of the International Citizen Service for the UK Department for International Development, a flagship program to reimagine overseas volunteering.

Nick is the Co-founder and Co-Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. His background straddles multiple countries and has been at the intersection of social innovation and education. Including; • Re-launching Ashoka in Turkey and building an alliance of organisations aiming to transform education in the country. • Launching Ashoka Europe's education initiative and building a continental network of 'Changemaker Schools'. • Working on one of the world's first social impact bonds programmes with young offenders in London for Catch 22. • Setting up new programmes and partnerships in Kenya and India while developing the first pilot of the International Citizen Service for the UK Department for International Development, a flagship program to reimagine overseas volunteering.

Matthias Scheffelmeier (Core Team)

Matthias Scheffelmeier is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. He also was, until recently and for more than 11 years, a Partner at Ashoka Germany, Co-Founder of Ashoka Turkey and a Member of Ashoka Europe's regional leadership team. Beyond that he's been contributing to the social impact eco-system in Germany and Europe as Founding Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND). Matthias also is a Member of the global board at MasterPeace. He lives in Berlin with his wife and son.

Matthias Scheffelmeier is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange. He also was, until recently and for more than 11 years, a Partner at Ashoka Germany, Co-Founder of Ashoka Turkey and a Member of Ashoka Europe's regional leadership team. Beyond that he's been contributing to the social impact eco-system in Germany and Europe as Founding Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND). Matthias also is a Member of the global board at MasterPeace. He lives in Berlin with his wife and son.

Anouk Siegrist (Core Team)

Anouk is the Finance & Operations Lead at ChangemakerXchange. During her studies with a focus on Political Economics of Energy and Climate Change, she intensively explored the issue of overproduction. After an active time as a foodsaver in the foodsharing movement, she spent three years at SIRPLUS, which works to combat food waste. Along the way, she also advocated for the political rights of the LGBTQ* community through the former Create Equality project.

Anouk is the Finance & Operations Lead at ChangemakerXchange. During her studies with a focus on Political Economics of Energy and Climate Change, she intensively explored the issue of overproduction. After an active time as a foodsaver in the foodsharing movement, she spent three years at SIRPLUS, which works to combat food waste. Along the way, she also advocated for the political rights of the LGBTQ* community through the former Create Equality project.

Ahmad Mobayed (Core Team)

Ahmad Mobayed is the Programmes Manager at ChangemakerXchange. Ahmad earned his Master in Public Policy and has five years of experience in business/organizational development. He also is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at the Syrian Youth Assembly with the mission to empower and support Syrian youth and refugees around the world through the use of digital solutions. He's also been an active part of the global social business family and an ambassador of Yunus & Youth movement.

Ahmad Mobayed is the Programmes Manager at ChangemakerXchange. Ahmad earned his Master in Public Policy and has five years of experience in business/organizational development. He also is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at the Syrian Youth Assembly with the mission to empower and support Syrian youth and refugees around the world through the use of digital solutions. He's also been an active part of the global social business family and an ambassador of Yunus & Youth movement.

Greta Rossi (Core Team Consultant)

Nadya Saib (Core Team Consultant)

Alexandra Ioan (The Possibilists Consultant)

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Nicole Winchell (The Possibilists Consultant)

Njeke Egbe (Strategy Group)

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Tanzila Khan (Strategy Group)

Sudarshan Mahajan (Strategy Group)

Ayaka Yamashita (Strategy Group)

Manuel Silva (Strategy Group)

Ghizlane Akourim (Strategy Group)

Arjun Mishra (Strategy Group)

Jessie Yang (Strategy Group)

Binta Jammeh (Strategy Group)

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Brendon Johnson (Strategy Group)

Akinyi Awora (Strategy Group)

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Héritier Kitumaini (Strategy Group)

Juan Francisco Baron (Strategy Group)

Thalia Rizou (Strategy Group)

Cuthbert Mukora (Strategy Group)

Esther Grossman (Strategy Group)

Corina Angelescu (Strategy Group)

Yussouf Ntwali (Strategy Group)

Natalia Bialobrzewska (Strategy Group)

Ana Rosa de Lima Tovstiga (Strategy Group)

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Robin Liendeborg (Strategy Group)

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Azeem Hamid (Strategy Group)

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Melissa Abecassis (Strategy Group)

Harun Mwadena Muyesi (Strategy Group)

Pablo Menéndez (Strategy Group)

Victoria Novac (Strategy Group)

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Edoh Soncy (Strategy Group)

You?

All of our summits are hosted and facilitated by community members themselves and we have a Global Facilitation Pool comprising 60+ facilitators who we also connect to other gatherings in the sector.

Over the last decade of facilitating impact-focused gatherings we have developed a wealth of knowledge and detailed toolkits. Reach out to us, if we can support you design and execute a high impact gathering.

ChangemakerXchange is an independent global initiative, originally co-created by Ashoka and the Robert Bosch Stiftung