The Power of Networked Impact
My first exposure to the global education crisis was through a video that spoke to the importance of education, especially for girls, and the power that it can have not only for an individual, but for an entire community. It was my first exposure to a privilege that I held by having access to a quality education. The issue is that education is a right, not a privilege, that should be accessible by every individual around the world.
In order to help fill this gap, I am a founding member of 260by26 – a youth led endeavor focused on closing the global education gap of approximately 260 million youth by 2026 in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
At 260by26, we act as a facilitator using a networked impact model to bring organizations together to share their resources and industry knowledge to expand their impact and grow education access globally. By administering micro-grants for the purpose of facilitating collaboration among organizations and across sectors, organizations can utilize the resources and knowledge that exist on a global level to apply to their own local communities.
According to an SSIR article by the Executive Director of 100kin10, “Where networked impact pushes the envelope on other modes of collaboration is in the way a small, nimble backbone organization coordinates, amplifies, and challenges hundreds of partners not only to reach a particular goal, but to ensure the sustainability of the success by identifying and tackling the underlying challenges that caused the problem in the first place..”
Networked Impact has the potential to bridge divides in knowledge and resources throughout the industry and across sectors in order to get to the root cause of the global education gap, as well as other major social issues of our time. By bringing together currently divided players across sectors in this field, knowledge and resources can be optimized to solve this complex social problem to enhance our global community from the local level up. Emphasizing beneficiary focused and beneficiary driven approach is essential to solving the roughly 260 million youth gap in quality education access.
There are many organizations and entities doing great work in education, but no single organization can solve the global education crisis we are facing today. By acknowledging the strengths of different players in education and strategically figuring out how they can work together, we can create the secret sauce that will get us on track to getting all children a quality education.
Taylor Rogers is a youth activist, global education advocate, and environmentalist. She is a GCE-US Youth Advocacy Leader and a founding member of 260by26, a youth led international nonprofit focused on achieving global education equity. She has a B.A. in international development from Loyola University Maryland, and currently runs the 100% Committed campaign, a national campaign focused on cities, universities, and businesses transitioning to 100-percent renewable electricity by 2030, at The Climate Reality Project.