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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, want to help us get to San Francisco and tell this story?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that options for more affordable individual patronage, likely on the platform Patreon, are coming soon!
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.