Catalyse Change Summit 2020

Finding Purpose at Catalyse Change Summit 2020

12 young women reflect on their experiences.

Catalyse Change is a social enterprise supporting girls and young women, aged between 14 and 24, to develop sustainability skills and knowledge for ‘healthy, happy and green’ communities, careers and planet. 

The Bristol-based organisation recently held a virtual three-day Catalyst Summit bringing together young women from across the UK to find their purpose and become more confident change-makers.

Thought-leaders and industry experts brought stories of how they charted a career in sustainability and talked about the core skills required today. They shared the lessons they’ve learned on developing confidence and coping with eco-anxiety.

And then the young women split off into breakout sessions with a mentor to discuss a visionary question, using the Innovators’ Compass approach. From the use of optimistic narratives in communication to addressing intersectional environmentalism to tackling exploitation in fashion – naming just a few of the questions – the participants identified possible solutions and presented their ideas back to the full Summit.

We spoke with twelve of the Catalysts about their experiences and to ask them three key questions…

Question #1: What do you think is the greatest challenge facing us today?

Question #2: Tell us about your visionary question?

Questions #3: What was your pledge coming out of the Summit and where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A huge thank you to all the Catalysts for sharing their experiences with us.

If you want to learn more about Catalyse Change and take part in future events, visit

You can also listen to our interview with Catalyse Change co-founders Traci Lewis and Janna Holliday here.

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