We started in 2017, driven to contribute to a more sustainable, equitable and thriving future. We saw so much untapped potential to catalyse change, from individuals driven to implement social impact projects, to existing organisations and networks carrying out inspiring work. We realised it is often internal barriers that hold us back from leveraging this potential even more: whether it's the mindset, inner capacities, processes for collaboration, or lack of skills, knowledge, tools and support.
We started our first program, the Changemaker Journey, to empower change agents (and ourselves!) build their inner capacities and start their projects. Our next programs and workshops for teams and leaders grew alongside us, as we began to grow our team in 2018. From the beginning we developed Unity Effect as a purpose-driven organisation, with the principles of self-organisation at the core: shared leadership, decentralised decision-making and a culture where we bring our whole selves to work. At the same time we built up our expertise and services to empower networks to develop their strategic direction, create meaningful interaction and build internal capacities. Purpose-driven individuals, who collaborate in empowered teams, which synergise in networks.
This, for us, is what it means to lead change from the inside out.
We launched our Changemaker Journey and received a scholarship from the Social Impact Lab to develop our programs and organisation.
We launched our services around digital facilitation, strengthened our work with networks and offered our first Journey Guide Training as a foundation to scale our Journeys.
We decided to kick-start Unity Effect in autumn.
We expanded our Journeys to address leaders, teams and purpose-seekers. We kick-started our work with networks and ran our first live network visualisations.
We also received the Gründerstipendium NRW.
Our trained Journey Guides are running their first Journeys, we are strengthening our strategic partnerships and we launched new services around systemic impact evaluation.