We are proud to launch the fifth annual GATHER Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to activists, artists, community builders, educators, entrepreneurs and others who are taking meaningful steps to address conflict and oppression in their communities. 

What is GATHER?

GATHER is an international community of people who use their individual and collective power to meaningfully change the systems that perpetuate conflict and oppression. As individuals, we recognize that change requires multiple approaches and each of us working in our way across all aspects of society. As a community, reaching beyond traditional boundaries and divides, we are a living example of the world that we are working to build.

Seeds of Peace launched GATHER in 2015 in order to deepen and accelerate the impact of our alumni and other changemakers who are using social innovation to take action to transform conflict in and between their communities, either through their professional work or personal initiatives.

Who are social innovators? Why is social innovation an important strategy for change? 

We define social innovators as people developing creative solutions to societal challenges. We believe social innovation offers a way of thinking, particularly the ability to see opportunity out of crisis, and practical set of tools that both individuals and groups can use to create change. 

This might mean creating a brand new approach to a problem, or adapting and reimagining an old strategy for a new purpose. It is possible to be a social innovator within any professional field, or through the creation of something entirely new. 

We are specifically interested in supporting people, projects, communities, and movements aimed at transforming conflict and fighting oppression.

What does the Fellowship entail?

-Two rounds of Intensive five-day program comprised of peer learning, professional skill-building, and networking with local experts. All associated costs are covered by the GATHER Fellowship.

- Participation in a series of virtual skill-building workshops and ongoing customized one-on-one coaching.

- Holistic project development combined with access to modest funding to help drive impact.

- Access to Seeds of Peace’s worldwide network of industry leaders and change-agents who will open the doors necessary to help make your work a success.

- International platforms and visibility to showcase and amplify your work.

Fellowship timeline:

Applications Due: November 1, 2019
Final Decisions: January 2020
Fellowship Incubator (Stockholm): March 27-April 1, 2020
Ongoing Virtual Programming: February-November 2020
Fellowship Closing: November 2020, location TBD

How to approach this application?

Please read through the questions carefully. Your answers do not need to be long, but they should be thoughtful and clear. Your responses should give us an insight into your hopes and dreams in addition to the practical steps and commitments you are taking to make them real. Where possible, provide data and stories that can bring your work, impact, and vision to life. Don’t be shy or modest; we want to hear about the uniqueness of your idea and your ability to advance meaningful change.

Technical note:

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