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Perspectives

May 11, 2022

In an era of unprecedented burnout and rising anxiety, how can we make space for our mental health?  

Even as lockdowns around the world start to ease, it’s clear to see that the pandemic has changed all our lives. That’s been a stark reality for Elevate Prize winner Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Friendship Bench, an organization that trains grandmothers to provide talk therapy from benches in the hearts of their communities. Not only […]

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Apr 25, 2022

Part of the big picture: how solving climate change must take a movement

“We all contribute to the puzzle.” That’s what Elevate Prize Winner Kaushik Kappagantulu, the Founder and CEO of Kheyti reminded us, during an Instagram Live celebrating Earth Day. “It’s a big world and all our actions are interconnected.” Kaushik was talking with Program Manager, Alex Rosales, about the complex challenges of climate change, and how […]

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Apr 20, 2022

Celebrate Earth Week by Taking Action

That was one of the questions that our own Elevate CEO, Carolina Jayaram posed in a recent Instagram Live with Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miami Waterkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting the water in and around Miami. “All politics is local,” Rachel reminded us during the conversation. “Here in Miami if even 10 […]

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Apr 18, 2022

It’s Earth Month! Join the conversation!

There are lots of ways to participate in Earth Month, from getting involved with the Great Global Clean Up, to supporting the  Canopy Project. It’s a great opportunity to take personal steps towards living more mindfully, and engaging in conversations with others as to how we can reduce our impact on the world. Over on […]

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Apr 18, 2022

Winner spotlight: Kheyti’s Kaushik Kappagantulu

“There are 500 million small farmers around the world. They work hard all year long, but they are not able to have any control over their profits because of climate risks — and climate change is making the situation worse.” It’s estimated that in India, over 100 million small farmers actually lose money every year […]

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Apr 06, 2022

Celebrate World Health Day by taking action

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Mar 30, 2022

Mackenzie Scott — unlocking funding for impact 

Last week, Mackenzie Scott published a post on Medium announcing “465 non-profits converting $3,863,125,000 into meaningful services for others.” We were excited to see so many inspiring organizations receiving additional funds — including our own Elevate Prize winners Friendship Bench and Talking Points. They joined Elevate Giving participants Black Teacher Collaborative and Sanku, a nonprofit […]

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Mar 11, 2022

How to support the mental health of Black creatives?

That was the question author, speaker, mentor, and life coach Octavia Yearwood posed during our recent Insta live conversation with graphic artist, educator, and TikTok star Tony Weaver and musician and mentor Re@l. All three have deal with the struggles of with creativity, both as artists and as mentors supporting others on the journey, so […]

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Mar 10, 2022

Winner spotlight

“I saw deaths that should have been completely preventable,” says Elevate Prize Winner, Dr Aparna Hegde of her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency  in Mumbai, which opened her eyes to the issue of maternal and infant mortality. “I saw how pervasive systemic problems led to loss of lives. And it was absolutely unacceptable to me.” That’s […]

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Feb 16, 2022

Join the conversation!

To honor and celebrate Black History Month, some of our Elevate Prize winners and fellows are joining together for Instagram Lives to discuss how we can drive progress towards equality and parity. Hosted by author, speaker, mentor, and life coach Octavia Yearwood, each conversation will focus on the ways we can take action – today. […]

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Feb 10, 2022

The art of persistence

For over 20 years, with her organization Life Camp, Erica Ford has been working on the ground to prevent gun violence, intervene in conflict, and create legislation that saves lives. She’s worked with presidents to change policy, with cities to introduce programs that have reduced gun violence by 10%, and she’s persuaded cultural icons from […]

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Jan 06, 2022

Where did you get the idea you CAN’T do this

Source Code founder Valter Cumbi on how to get started on your goals. “I mean it! Seriously. Where did you get the idea you can’t do this?” asks Valter Cumbi. It’s a mantra that he’s kept close to his heart throughout his journey of founding and growing  Source Code Pensa 660#, a platform that’s improving […]

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