Trust Conference Changemakers Program 2021

Trust Conference Changemakers Program 2021

 


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OVERVIEW As the relentless spread of the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates existing inequalities in various areas of human development, advocates across the globe are facing steeper challengesin tackling some of the world’s most pressing socio-economic and human rights issues. Their work is further frustrated as many lack the necessary business and networking skills to strengthen and grow their activities – or, perhaps as crucially, the communication knowhow and access to trusted, independent media, which plays a pivotal role in highlighting these issues and the innovative interventions to solve them. Concurrently, many journalists are struggling to find fresh story angles and reliable sources to produce accurate, engaging and in-depth stories on global challenges and their effect on local communities. To this end, the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) and the sponsors of the Trust Conference Changemakers Programme, are inviting both frontline advocates working in the spaces of climate change, socio-economic inclusion, media freedom or data & digital rights, as well as journalists who cover any of these issues, to join the Trust Conference 2021 Changemakers Programme and receive world-class training, networking opportunities with donors, sources and industry experts, in addition to access to a leading global event on November 17th and 18th, 2021. PROGRAMME The programme will comprise a five-week virtual Hub before the conference, that features an intensive week of solutions journalism training for journalists and strategic communication techniques for advocates. This will be followed by joint sessions with expert speakers on topics such as digital access to healthcare, just transition and climate change, the latest online safety measures, how to use pro bono research to produce social impact, and how to write strong proposals for funding opportunities. Participants will learn more about their own focus area, as well as other specialisations to pick up any synergies that could bolster their work – making this a truly multi-disciplinary learning experience. A weekly, collaborative brainstorming session will also be held and moderated by trainers to encourage robust dialogue and trade cross-sector insights. Throughout the Hub, each participant will work on a project – a solutions journalism story plan for the journalists and a campaign plan for the advocates – and have access to mentoring from trainers, before presenting their project to a panel of judges for expert feedback. All participants will be invited to attend the Trust Conference (November 17th and 18th, 2021) and a select few will be chosen to present and discuss their work with a diverse audience of experts, industry leaders, policymakers and media veterans. Participants who graduate from this programme will be enrolled in TRF’s Changemakers Alumni Group, where they will access exclusive forums and further career development and consulting job opportunities.

The Changemakers Programme will be returning in 2021 for its eighth year to bring together some of the most inspiring pioneers and innovators from across the globe, committed to developing concrete solutions to pressing human rights issues in alignment with Trust Conference themes. These include climate change, socio-economic inclusion, media freedom, and data & digital rights.

The 2021 Programme will fully fund the participation of up to 48 Changemakers to participate in a multi-week learning programme that aims to build the capacity – and strengthens the global network – of two pivotal actors driving positive change and impact in society: frontline advocates striving for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and local independent journalists who are explaining and amplifying those issues through media.

Deadline: June 30, 2021 Applications are open for the Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Conference Changemakers Program 2021. The Changemakers Program will be returning in 2021 for its eighth year to bring together some of the most inspiring pioneers and innovators from across the globe, committed to developing concrete solutions to pressing human rights issues in alignment with Trust Conference themes. These include climate change, socio-economic inclusion, media freedom, and data & digital rights. The 2021 Program will fully fund the participation of up to 48 Changemakers to participate in a multiweek learning program that aims to build the capacity – and strengthens the global network – of two pivotal actors driving positive change and impact in society: frontline advocates striving for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and local independent journalists who are explaining and amplifying those issues through media.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Trust Conference 2021- Changemakers Programme Application

The Changemakers programme will be returning in 2021 for its eighth year to bring together some of the most inspiring pioneers and innovators from across the globe, committed to developing concrete solutions to pressing human rights issues in alignment with Trust Conference themes. These include climate change, socio-economic inclusion, media freedom, and data & digital rights.

All applicants must speak English, the language of the conference, and cannot previously have attended the conference as a recipient of the Changemakers Programme.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation and the sponsors of the Changemakers Programme will award places to exceptional applicants from across the world. Changemaker selection will be based on an objective rating system developed by the Foundation's review committee.

Selected applicants will receive:
  • Five weeks of specialised capacity building training and networking with other Changemakers, starting on September 27th.
  • The opportunity to attend and be selected to present on stage at the annual Trust Conference, taking place virtually on November 17 and 18, 2021 and receive global exposure
  • Inclusion of their name and photo in Trust Conference marketing materials and on the official conference website
  • Alumni membership as part of an exclusive network to receive continued engagement opportunities

Applications will close on June 30th, 2021. 

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