We can change the world!Changemaker aims to erase the fundamental causes of global injustice. By giving youth options for action against injustice, we want to engage youth in the struggle for a just world.
Here you will find some information about what we work with, how we work, and how we run the organization. If you are looking to start a Changemaker group in your country, want to learn more about us, or want to cooperate with us, please contact the leader of the International Committee, Jon Ø. Schjelderup at jonschj(a)gmail.com. If you want to read more about the International Changemaker Network, and how we work together with the ACT Network, please go to Changemaker internasjonal.
How we work:
We work exclusively with advocacy, addressing decision-makers, in order to change the structures that creates and maintains global injustice. Behind Changemaker’s policy and campaigns lays research and a thorough analysis. The work is based on a method, popularly called the Changemaker methode, that can be summarized in three simple points:
- Find the fundamental cause(s) of injustice and possible solutions
- Find the relevant decision-makers
- Make creative campaigns to influence their deciosions
In Changemaker it is often said that knowledge without action is cowardice, but action without knowledge is foolishness. The first point in the Changemaker method reflects this point of view. Prior to a campaign we spend many hours of studying and analyzing the subject matter.
We are almost exclusively address Norwegian decision-makers in our campaigns. When we want to change international practice, we will typically call upon Norwegian politicians to present our views in international fora.
We strive to design campaigns that are based on in-depth knowledge and sends a sharp political message, yet easy for youth and others unfamiliar with the issue to understand. A typical Changemaker campaign has an educational component, since several of the issues that Changemaker works with are unfamiliar for to average person.
The local groups play a large role in the creation and implementation of Changemaker’s campaigns. A successfull campaign has a political message that can be understood by the teen-agers and by members of the Government.
Therefore, Changemaker tries to communicate their message in a way that is accurate and fun at the same time. Our demonstrations, stunts and other forms of action usually involve a creative twist. These methods mate it easier to reach youth and also draws attention from the press. Even the politicians tend to like these strategies. We think that the most effective way to change the world is through a mixture of fun, knowledge and creativity!
The topics we work with:
- International trade
- Global health
- Debt and capital flight
- Climate and environment
The organizational structure of Changemaker:
Changemaker is an organization for youth between 13 and 30 years old. Changemaker is the youth organization of the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), one of Norways largest aid organizations. Changemaker is free to design campaigns, manage budgets, decide policy etc. on independently, regardless of NCA’s policies. The General Secretary of NCA formally approves Changemaker’s statutes after the Annual Assembly, but in practice Changemaker is autonomous.
This is the Organizational chart of Changemaker:
- The Annual Assembly decide policy and priorities for the organization. Every member is welcome and everyone has one vote. The Annual Assembly also elect people for the central board and political and organizational committees.
- The National Board is Changemaker’s next highest body after the Annual Assembly. The board meets three times a year. The Central Board and each local group have one vote at the meetings. The National Board is an opportunity for the local groups to approve and correct the work and decisions of the Central Board.
- The Central Board has delegated power to from all Changemakers to make necessary decisions between the National Board meetings and the Annual Assembly. The Central Board meets every second week. Together with the staff and the committees, the Central Board runs the organization. Board members work with both political and organizational matters on a daily or weekly basis.
- The Management Team consists of the president, the two vice presidents and the Changemaker coordinator (head of staff). They function as a working group within the Central Board and meet every week to make minor decisions, answer inquiries and prepare the Central Board meetings. The president works full time, and is paid for his/her work.
- The Local Groups are volounteers in all parts of Norway, who collect signatures for the campaigns and address local decision-makers.
- The Political Comittees are groups of elected volounteers that work with each of the political topics we work with. The political committees are experts on their specific issue, and they propose policy and educat the organization. Secondly the committees prepare and carry out campaigns, and engage in lobbying and creative brainstorming about Changemaker’s work in their field.
- The International Committee koordinates and works on the development of Changemaker’s international cooperation. Such cooperation may be on both organizational and political levels.
- The staff consists of five people. Norwegian Curch Aid formally employs the staff, but they work full time on tasks related to the operation of Changemaker.