Become a part of ChangemakerXchange

Social innovators join the ChangemakerXchange community via our flagship summits.
But, don't let the name fool you, these gatherings are far from your standard 'conference' style events.

Our summits take place over 4-5 days in beautifully natural retreat spaces, gathering a handful of changemakers. They offer a safer and stimulating space where young innovators, often isolated and overburdened by their work, may meet as humans and bond deeply, open up and inspire each other, slow down and refill their cup, and explore synergies to amplify their impact.

Each summit is unique, but all share the same at heart.
Summits also ensure our members have a common shared experience which embodies our values and mission, helping to transcend their individual backgrounds and projects and inaugurate them into our community.

Interested in taking part in future summits? Check out the FAQ's below to see if you meet our criteria

After taking part in a summit, changemakers are onboarded into our community and continue to be connected to another via ongoing, and life-long, community engagement, capacity building and support for their work.

Our community members can choose to engage on an ad-hoc basis with our community programmes or events, or take a more proactive role in shaping CXC's strategy through our decentralised community structure.

 

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FAQ

Do I need to be the original founder or co-founder?

No, we also welcome applications from changemakers, etc. who might have joined a program, venture or initiative at a later stage. However, it is important that you are in a clearly defined leadership position. We unfortunately cannot accept applications from other employees or volunteers. 

Does the program / initiative I am a part of have to fulfil certain criteria?

When assessing the work of changemakers who apply to become a part of ChangemakerXchange we usually take the following aspects into account:

Stage: The organisation should be beyond the idea stage and currently active.
Impact: The organisation should solve a social/environmental issue and have some impact.
Innovation: The organisation should show some elements of innovation for the specific context.

What personal criteria are important to ChangemakerXchange?

Values: Applicants for a ChangemakerXchange summit should demonstrate an alignment with the CXC values.
Character: Applicants should show an entrepreneurial and creative mindset.
Motivation: Applicants should show motivation to co-create and collaborate.

Is there an age limit to join a ChangemakerXchange summit?

At the moment joining a ChangemakerXchange summit is possible for changemakers, social entrepreneurs, and social innovators, aged between 18 and 35. We are however exploring the opportunity to open it up to all ages in the future. Joining other CXC activities like the Train the Trainer workshop, capacity building programs or activities of The Possibilists is however possible for changemakers of all ages.

Is speaking English a requirement?

English is usually the language of our summits, so participants must at least have a command of English which is strong enough to participate in small group conversations / present their work. We have however run summits in French and plan on running summits in Latin America in Spanish in the future.

Is there an interview as part of the selection process?

Given the high number of applications we receive and the limited staff capacity, only candidates who are being considered for the final shortlist will be invited to a short informal interview to ensure their suitability in the programme and their fit with the community. 

I did not receive a confirmation email after applying – how do I know if my application went through?

You should receive an automated confirmation e-mail from Typeform (please also check your spam). If you have not received one after submitting your application please reach out to and we’ll look into it. 

When will I hear back if I was selected?

We will get back to all applicants at different stages. Selected applicants will hear back at least 6 weeks before the start of their summit.  

Can I receive feedback on my application?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual feedback on each application. But we do send a thorough email to all applicants outlining the full application and selection process, which has always been appreciated by applicants in the past. 

Can my co-founder join instead of me?

ChangemakerXchange invests first and foremost in the person, aka you. In the event that you cannot attend the summit anymore, we unfortunately cannot accept your co-founder as there are other candidates who went through the whole application process and have been waitlisted. 

Can I join only part of the summit?

Unfortunately, no. The ChangemakerXchange summit is an intense and enriching experience that makes sense if undertaken from start to end. This means we can only accept applicants who can commit to the full duration of the summit. Also, we will only allow participants who have joined all sessions on all days into the ChangemakerXchange community.

What happens after the summit?

Attending a ChangemakerXchange summit is the first step to join a global community of 800+ changemakers. Once you are part of the community, there are several engagement opportunities you can benefit from, including: 

  • Becoming a community host and bringing the CXC summit experience to your country; 
  • Joining the Global Facilitation Pool to facilitate CXC-like experiences to other changemakers around the world; 
  • Expanding your network and deepening your knowledge and expertise thanks to our member gatherings and online huddles; 
  • Amplifying your impact through new collaboration projects with fellow changemakers; 
  • Attending the Global Co-Creation Summit to shape the future of the community. 

The beauty of ChangemakerXchange is that it is a very dynamic and constantly evolving community, continuously shaped by the needs and feedback of its members.  

What is the value of joining ChangemakerXchange?

We believe the words of our community do the best job of highlighting the value of joining ChangemakerXchange.

 

“I wanted to change the world for the better since I was 14. But everyone around me would tell me ‘be normal, go to college, get a job, don’t try to do more than you can’. After CXC, I realised that I don’t want to have a ‘normal’ life. I want an extraordinary life. I want to fully realise my mission to paint the world in bright colours of peace, unity, and love. And ChangemakerXchange catalysed the process of realising my mission. Thank you!” 

 

“CXC is an incredible platform to change the mindset and perspective on many things (to the best of course). I can definitely say that I’ve been transformed, and I now have a much better understanding about what it takes to be a social entrepreneur, scaling impact and opening yourself to others.” 

 

“CXC gave me a feeling of belonging. I have been part of many conferences and different communities, but CXC still feels like home because of the genuine values, the genuine goals and long-lasting friendships.”