Press Kit | Europe Report
Matthias Scheffelmeier, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange:
Nick McGirl, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange:
June 2021: The cost of changing the world: New study shines a spotlight on the massive positive impact of young social innovators in Europe, yet also reveals high levels of stress, burnout and financial insecurity.
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Key Findings from the 2021 report:
Young changemakers in Europe are resilient, innovative and intrinsically motivated to change the world and improve the lives of others. But they are struggling. Social entrepreneurship is a difficult undertaking in the best of times and the COVID-19 pandemic has added an additional element of uncertainty.
- 54% of young changemakers in Europe have experienced some form of burnout and only 19% can live off of their ventures. The very young, women and those belonging to a marginalized group(s) report the highest levels of burnout risk and self-doubt.
The three main challenges that young social innovators in Europe face:
- 61% experience a lack of personal financial security
- 59% say they are juggling various responsibilities and being stretched too thin
- 54% see themselves at high risk of burnout
The Possibilists is a global ecosystem alliance committed to improving the lives and realities of young changemakers around the world.
- The Possibilists conducted a 40+ question in-depth study on changemakers. We surveyed 791 young social innovators from 137 countries across the world.
- Focus of the study: People aged 18-35 who have started their own impact focused initiatives, either their own ventures or driving social/environmental change from within a bigger organization. 35% of respondents are in the start-up phase, 37% operational and 28% are in the scaling phase.
- Participants in the study come from the networks of Ashoka, ChangemakerXchange, The Diana Award, Global Changemakers, Kofi Annan Foundation, Masterpeace, Obama Foundation, One Young World, Peace First, Social Impact Award, Social Shifters, SOS Children’s Villages, Unleash, We are Family Foundation, Yunus & Youth and YSI (Young Sustainable Impact).
- The study gathers key insights about their impact, their struggles and makes key recommendations of how we can all support them better.
- Gender representation: 53% were female, 45% male, and 2% were non binary or preferred not to say. 27% of respondents consider themselves to be part of a marginalized group The survey was conducted between February 19th – March 4th, 2021 and distributed among the 16 partner networks, as well as other young changemaker communities around the world.
- Diversity of demographics: sample includes young changemakers from a mix of rural / urban areas, and a significant number from marginalized groups.
- Period: the survey was conducted between February 19th – March 4th, 2021.
The European Report
- Focus of the report: The newly released report takes a closer look at European changemakers, by focusing on the data of participants who currently reside in Europe. The study includes 200 respondents from 32 European countries. The most represented countries in the sample are Germany (18%), the UK (14%), Spain (9%), France (8,5%), Romania (8%) and the Netherlands (6%). The report also pays specific attention to the challenges and needs that young social innovators who self-identify as belonging to a marginalized group face in developing their initiatives. The European Report was published in December 2021.
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