BE THE CHANGE
Aloha Journal, Danny Kim
Using practices from the principles of Aloha, positive psychology, and socio-emotional learning, the Aloha Journal focuses on positive emotions such as optimism and resiliency. The journal is a tool aimed at helping individuals experience more gratitude, connection, and happiness in their lives.
Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Susan Tai
A center to support entrepreneurship in Hawaiʻi, which in turn will help Hawaiʻi’s economy become more resilient and innovative.
Civic Thunderdome, Josh Wisch, Emillia Noordhoek
Civic Thunderdome is a fun process designed to bring people with different views on controversial issues together so that they can, while still disagreeing amenably, come to understand, appreciate, and respect the other person and their viewpoint. The objective is to break down echo-chambers, improve civil discourse, diminish fear of failure and blame, and foster peace and goodwill.
Conscious Communities, Sulma Gandhi
Our hōkū, or guiding star of the initiative, is to birth violence-free communities where healthy, thriving, and safe keiki can become healthy, thriving, and safe adults. The project will develop comprehensive curriculum and cross-sector alliances that leverage the complex and diverse cultural strengths of our people to establish integrated violence prevention as the de facto standard in Hawaiʻi.
Early education has proven effective in arresting the perpetuation of violent behaviors and harassment as children grow into adulthood. To maximize the effect of this phenomenon for the Hawaiʻi community at large, we envision a comprehensive, quality curriculum that is integrated in every educational organization throughout our state so that we may all live in violence-free, thriving communities.
Digital Literacy, Bob Lietzke
Digital Literacy is using virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) to diversify Hawaiʻi's economy and strengthen its workforce. By helping local companies and students learn, develop, and create VR/AR software and applications, Hawaiʻi will remain on the cutting edge of innovation, technology companies can thrive, and graduating students will have more viable local career options.
Energy Efficiency, Brian Kealoha, Susan Tai, Stephany Vaioleti
This initiative implements energy efficiency measures to enable underserved communities to lower their energy costs, and thereby pay for critical needs to improve their quality of life.
Green Passport, Jack Kittinger
Green Passport brings conservation organizations and the tourism industry together to create a stable funding stream for environmental protection in Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi Capital Scan, Noelani Kalipi
An assessment, report, and convening about the impact investment pipeline in Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi Internships Collaboratory, Bob Lietzke
This project connects students, academia, and industry in a meaningful way, so that students in Hawaiʻi can find work in Hawaiʻi, thereby helping to mitigate the brain drain.
Institute for Climate & Peace, Maxine Burkett
At an accelerating pace, the 21st century will continue to usher in unprecedented risk to humanity's fundamental goal: peace. Global climate change, dwindling biodiversity, and fickle water resources are among the chief environmental challenges that will increasingly undermine peacebuilding efforts -- from the community level to the global arena. When resources are stable and relationships are sound, communities are poised for peace. The world, however, is entering an era in which the environment and uncertain resource supplies will require stronger bonds between communities and common understandings of climate risks. The Institute for Climate and Peace advances effective and inclusive processes to build peaceful and climate-conscious futures for the most vulnerable.
National Imperative, Karen Tan
This project engages social service providers in a collaborative network supported by relevant and current data, thereby increasing the resilience of the social services sector.
One Shared Future, Rachael Wong
One Shared Future (OSF) is a social impact business that was born out of the belief that people can collectively create a positive future for Hawaiʻi by investing in each other. OSF offers professional development programs and initiatives that nurture safe spaces and affirm strengths, bring people together and build trust, and ignite shared ownership for innovation, collaboration, and possibilities. Cohort and series participants gather around shared issues and opportunities, and they work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Read more about OSF in our Q&A with co-founder Rachael Wong.
Reasons, Noelani Kalipi
This project gives people a process to create connections, so that they will be able to collaborate and find novel solutions to highly divisive issues.
Safe Spaces & Workplaces, Karen Tan, Rachael Wong
The Safe Spaces & Workplaces Initiative (SSWP) is a Child & Family Service (CFS) and One Shared Future (OSF) partnership to address workplace sexual harassment in Hawaiʻi. SSWP launched in November 2019, with the release of the first statewide survey of sexual harassment in Hawai‘i workplaces, its website with resources; a showcasing of “Rock Star Employers”; and next steps for local employers. Future phases include offering training packages for employers from a collaborative hui of HR, legal, professional employment, and subject matter experts, and a public awareness campaign.
Sustainability Mobility Lab (SuMo), Ben Trevino
An initiative to engage communities impacted by the rail in the creation of their own futures, thereby increasing the sustainable mobility of Hawaiʻi.
Superpower Academy, Pamela Joe
Superpower Academy empowers kids with social and emotional skills for lifelong success through "secret missions."
For Pamela Joe's impact story, click here.
Waiwai Collective, Mahina Paishon-Duarte, Keoni Lee
Waiwai Collective is a group of Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs who share kuleana and a passion for uplifting the lāhui. Through their work, they have seen the extraordinary power of physical community when people come together with purpose and aloha.
Ka Waiwai is a call to action for the lāhui kanaka to come together and dream up ideas of exchange and abundance that prioritize the quality of relationships and the balance between people and the ‘āina.
Women’s March Huddle, Kerrie Urosevich, Emillia Noordhoek, Sulma Gandhi
This local advocacy organization is growing peacebuilding leadership in Hawaiʻi. In collaboration with nationwide efforts, it is dedicated to influencing policy and creating opportunities to protect our most vulnerable citizens from damaging legislation.
Words Matter, Kerrie Urosevich, Suzanne Skjold, Sulma Gandhi
Over 150,000 people in Hawaiʻi are not reading and writing at the level considered literate. Increasing literacy rates (for parents and children) improves educational outcomes and ultimately improves economic outcomes for families, all of which contribute to a healthier, more vibrant Hawaiʻi.
Words Matter aims to help parents and caregivers increase both the number and quality of words their children are exposed to throughout the day. This will be accomplished by combining the uses of early literacy toolkits, peer-to-peer support programs, and technology such as the use of a word counter, a device which registers the number of words spoken and conversation turns (the back and forth dialogue between caregiver and child). Watch this video to learn more.