23 Daring Predictions that will Shape the Social Impact World in 2023

Why It Matters

Signals tend to reveal emergent phenomena sooner so that changemakers can turn their attention to possible opportunities, disruptions, innovations and developments that affect their missions, programs and work. Signals can become mainstream and evolve into trends — when a signal hits a certain threshold, for example, it might become a trend in the broader society or sector, and begin to diffuse rapidly.

“Virtually no part” of non-profit funding is indexed to inflation — what does that mean for non-profits and their communities?

Why It Matters

Higher costs means funding promised to social purpose organizations doesn’t go as far as it once did. Indexing grants to inflation is one way of helping charities and other non-profits protect programming, retain staff and continue to serve the community.

“This is groundbreaking information”: New report quantifies non-profit wage gaps

Why It Matters

Non-profits pay employees less and hire more women, immigrants and racialized people than other sectors of the economy. Knowing more about un-equitable compensation is key to improving working conditions and raising wages.

“Peace is a verb, not a noun”: why modernizing global cooperation and aid must start with reframing language

Why It Matters

Words like decolonization are not made for the global south. If the global cooperation and aid sector fails to use language that is meaningful, inclusive and accessible to everyone, conversations on advancing the sector’s future will remain one-sided.

“Stories we tell ourselves as a society”: Four key takeaways from the Future of Good Storytellers’ Summer Camp

Why It Matters

Every social purpose organization tells stories — whether they’re part of a communications plan or more unconscious narratives about their work. Changemakers can benefit from taking a closer look at these stories and asking whether they’re helpful or harmful, our speakers say.