20s and Change is an impact storytelling project featuring conversations by 20-somethings with 20-somethings (mostly) about 20-somethings and how we, together, can be the change we need to see in the world.

The project will be centered around two 20-something content creators — me, Matt Scott of 180º of Impact (lets.care), and Erik Douds of Diabadass (diabadass.com) — as we embark on a changemaker tour throughout San Francisco, California during San Francisco Design Week. 20s and Change will center around a short film and a podcast series featuring in-depth conversations. The short film series will premiere in summer 2019.

Here’s some of what we’ve created to-date:

 

What is the reason for 20s and Change?

The reason for 20s and Change is bigger than Erik and me. It’s about us and our stories and identities but also about bigger issues. It’s about impact, action, inclusion, learning and storytelling.

 
 
 
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1. Impact is necessary.

Society has no time to waste to address challenges like climate change, hunger and other forms of resource depletion, homelessness, diabetes, cancer, mental illness, racism, sexism, and violence.

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2. People have the power to make that impact.

This project will showcase the power of people to be problem solvers for some of the world’s biggest problems.

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3. Often, the best solutions come from the people you don’t expect.

That’s one reason diversity, inclusion and equity are important — because it’s not just the right thing to embrace but the smart thing.

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4. This is our chance to tap into the unlikely solvers, to create a learning opportunity.

Curiosity and learning are necessary for progress; they’re also the motivation for this journey, recognizing that we can do more when together than we can divided.

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5. Through this storytelling, we will enable candid conversations and open them to the world.

We will recognize problems, celebrate solutions, build empathy and spark action.

 
 

The backdrop for 20s and Change will be the vibrant, storied, dynamic city of San Francisco.

 

What’S our history?

Erik and I went to the same high school, but we weren’t friends. Impact brought us together.

In high school, I didn’t interact with Erik — then known, among other things, as the Candy Man — beyond buying candy from him between classes. That was Erik’s first time serving those with diabetes as he sold candy to raise money for his pediatric diabetes fund at the hospital we were both born in… a fund he raised $20,000+ for.

6 years after our high school graduation, it was impact that brought us together when Erik launched Diabetes Abroad on World Diabetes Day 2016 and, the following day, I registered the www.lets.care domain for 180º of Impact, a project to celebrate people like Erik who are making a difference.

Matt Scott is the founder of 180º of Impact, a project to reverse engineer social change through conversations with 180 change makers. So far, he has had 30+ hours of interviews with 60+ changemakers.  He is also the manager of storytelling and engagement at the innovation and collaboration agency SecondMuse, where he leads NASA's International Space Apps Challenge, a problem-solving hackathon now in its 8th year including nearly 18,000 participants in 200 cities and 75 countries in 2018. He has led storytelling projects and campaigns with clients including the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Nike, the US Agency for International Development, and Honda.  He has presented at NASA Headquarters, the White House Open Data Innovation Summit, the US Embassy in Ethiopia, the 20th Annual Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard, the United Nations Leaders Programme, and more.

Matt Scott is the founder of 180º of Impact, a project to reverse engineer social change through conversations with 180 change makers. So far, he has had 30+ hours of interviews with 60+ changemakers.

He is also the manager of storytelling and engagement at the innovation and collaboration agency SecondMuse, where he leads NASA's International Space Apps Challenge, a problem-solving hackathon now in its 8th year including nearly 18,000 participants in 200 cities and 75 countries in 2018. He has led storytelling projects and campaigns with clients including the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Nike, the US Agency for International Development, and Honda.

He has presented at NASA Headquarters, the White House Open Data Innovation Summit, the US Embassy in Ethiopia, the 20th Annual Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard, the United Nations Leaders Programme, and more.

Erik Douds is the founder of Diabadass and an adventure filmmaker and educator. He lives a life managing type 1 diabetes and teaches others to go anywhere and do anything. He has created content for brands like  Pearl iZUMi ,  Aspire Eyewear ,  Revo ,  BioLite ,  REBBL ,  Arc'teryx ,  Ortlieb ,  Thousand Helmets ,  Arkel ,  Sea to Summit , and  Reilly Realtors  in the series  Miles of Portraits: Alaska .  His voice is also echoed as a global ambassador for the largest online diabetes community -   Beyond Type 1  .  In addition, he has spoken at  American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure ,  competed for team Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund ,  write for Diabetes Daily , and has been recognized as an exceptional donor by the  Harvey E Nussbaum M.D. society . Since the start of 2019, He has also spoken at more than 10  REI  locations screening Miles of Portraits: Alaska. His photography has appeared on the cover of  Adventure Cyclist  magazine.

Erik Douds is the founder of Diabadass and an adventure filmmaker and educator. He lives a life managing type 1 diabetes and teaches others to go anywhere and do anything. He has created content for brands like Pearl iZUMi, Aspire Eyewear, Revo, BioLite, REBBL, Arc'teryx, Ortlieb, Thousand Helmets, Arkel, Sea to Summit, and Reilly Realtors in the series Miles of Portraits: Alaska.

His voice is also echoed as a global ambassador for the largest online diabetes community - Beyond Type 1.

In addition, he has spoken at American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, competed for team Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, write for Diabetes Daily, and has been recognized as an exceptional donor by the Harvey E Nussbaum M.D. society. Since the start of 2019, He has also spoken at more than 10 REI locations screening Miles of Portraits: Alaska. His photography has appeared on the cover of Adventure Cyclist magazine.

So, want to help us get to San Francisco and tell this story?

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Patron Packages

Thank you for your interest in powering our 20s and Change journey! We appreciate all of the help we can get and, as such, have created 5 Patron Packages to suit you and your organization. If you have something else in mind, get in touch with me, Matt, at hello@lets.care. Please note that options for more affordable individual patronage, likely on the platform Patreon, are coming soon!

Enable ($250+)

You believe in us and it means so much that you’re actually helping us bring 20s and Change to life! We want to thank you and celebrate you. Benefits for Enable Patrons include:

- recognition in our film credits, on our landing page and in our digital content compilation

- a thank you postcard and video just for you from San Francisco

- a photo of us in San Francisco with a sign holding up your name

- a 20s and Change t-shirt

- opportunity to be featured in the Let’s Care podcast before the film is released and subsequent mention in a story written for Thrive Global

Engage ($500+)

Thank you! You’re carrying us on your back and, in turn, we want to really carry you on ours, in more ways than one. Benefits for Engage Patrons include everything from the previous package and:

- the opportunity to contribute or sponsor a gift for one of the change makers we meet with on our journey (as captured in the 20s and Change short film)

- your name or organization’s name on the back of the 20s and Change t-shirt

- helping us include your community by strategizing with us on a potential stop during our trip that is linked to your passion and focus areas

Elevate ($1,000+)

You love us, you really love us! We’re so grateful for you and want to go deeper. We want to learn from you and share more of ourselves with you and yours. Benefits for Engage Patrons include everything from the previous packages and:

- a Let’s Care podcast episode featuring you and your impact — because we want to know more about who you are and why impact is so important to you

- a 1 day social media takeover (including Facebook or Instagram Live) where we interact with your community through your channels

- a live digital event on Zoom, Google Hangouts on Air or another webinar platform for you and your community

- prominent recognition at film screening events

Empower ($2,500+)

Wow! You are truly a champion of change; we see that and we want to help others see that too. You’re changing the world by truly backing the stories we need to share more of. Benefits for Empower Patrons include everything from the previous packages and:

- a produced Youtube video highlighting you and your organization

- a 1 week social media takeover (rather than 1 day) including daily posts and engagement from us

- top billing (“presented by…” YOU!)

- your name or organization’s logo featured on the film episodes

- opportunity to contribute a letter from you or your organization to the 20s and Change Digital Storybook, an online content compilation we share at the end of 20s and Change

If you are not able to sponsor financially, you can alternately become an Energize Patron! You support what we’re doing and this is an opportunity to help spread the word with your network. By becoming an Energize Patron, you’re joining us in the effort to maximize the reach of 20s and Change. Whether helping us enlist sponsors, hosting us on your podcast or social media, or giving us a platform to share our stories, you’re helping ensure that 20s and Change reaches those it needs to.