The Skoll World Forum 2023 was an incredible week of connection and inspiration, and left us buzzing with energy. We were delighted to co-host a side event at the Forum alongside Co-Impact, IKEA Foundation, BOMA and the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), exploring how to fund for impact at scale, with a focus on the climate/gender/poverty nexus. This blog summarises key take-aways from our event.
What is impact at scale?
We know that ‘impact at scale’ involves dramatically increasing impact to match the size of the world’s social and environmental problems. But even at Spring Impact, an organisation focused exclusively on scaling impact, we acknowledge that there is no universal definition of this phrase, and it can mean very different things to different people.
At our event, we asked changemakers in the room to share how they think about ‘impact at scale’. There was widespread agreement that impact at scale is sustained, transformative, evidence-based, and has people at the centre. Participants also agreed that impact at scale involves addressing root causes in a way that can interrupt vicious cycles or reduce the prevalence of problems in the long-term, and this in turn requires thinking about the interconnectedness of issues. As Sam Owilly from BOMA so eloquently stated: “Climate, gender and poverty seem like different things, but when you go to the ground you’re confronted with the fact that this is the same issue. So we have to build and design something to address the scale of not just one challenge, but many challenges”.