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Be the Change

As a network of leaders and change makers committed to Hawaiʻi, the Fellows are in a unique position to have an impact on the challenges facing the state. One of the ways that Fellows help shape Hawaiʻi’s future is through projects that galvanize collaboration and address important issues of concern.

In support of Fellows making positive movement on Hawaiʻi’s most pressing issues, the Omidyar Fellows program focuses on transformation of a system and innovation in a system. We support this type of impact to ensure lasting, sustainable improvement to the quality of life in Hawaiʻi, and in recognition that many existing efforts provide successful solutions at scale and targeted solutions.

Fellows, partnering organizations, and others collaborate on impact projects. The Omidyar Fellows program is proud to support their efforts through providing resources such as seed funding, coaching, and meeting space. The Omidyar Fellows program does not lead these efforts. We applaud and commend the Fellows and their collaborators on these projects and their valuable work.

Transformation of a System is working ON the system to improve the health of a system and the outcomes it produces, by affecting the underlying drivers of the system (e.g., multiple complex dynamics, social norms, and mental models, etc.). Example: The Digital Literacy project is fostering and diversifying the local economy and workforce development through augmented reality and virtual reality technology.

Innovation in a System is working IN the system to improve the lives of many people by affecting one or more complex dynamics within the ecosystem so that the needs of a large population will be addressed more effectively. But, systems innovation does not try to change the overall system. Example: Words Matter is a multi-organization effort transforming how families engage through speaking, singing, and reading more words to their children every day, increasing early childhood literacy, attachment to their caregivers, and a child’s and family’s ability to thrive.

Solution at Scale is a product or service that meets important needs of a larger population and there is both time to act and the opportunity for a single innovation to efficiently have a large-scale impact (e.g., affect many people and large areas), but does not address underlying and root causes. Example: A mechanism to remove litter from the open ocean in mass at multiple locations.

Targeted Solution is a product or service that meets acute needs and requires urgent action, often to prevent further harm in the short term. Example: A food pantry to feed the hungry.