A not-for-profit tech startup is launching the world’s first social network to create global social change.
The NGO, We Make Change, wants to harness the power of young people to drive positive change around the world.
To make this happen, a group of young people from 12 countries have joined together to launch what the organisation is calling a ’digital revolution’.
"We are part of the most connected generation ever, yet, on the news we see so many problems being faced across the world that we feel helpless to do anything about," said Co-Founder and CEO, James Sancto.
"We believe that by harnessing the power of technology we can address these challenges by enabling anyone, anywhere, to contribute what they can to help solve them.
"As the first generation that can end extreme poverty and the last that can address climate change, now is our moment to make this happen. That is why we believe We Make Change can play an important role in enabling our generation to create the greatest positive change the world has ever seen."
The online platform will enable individuals to connect with and support the charities fighting for causes they care about, by donating their time, money or things.
"We Make Change is a social network which could bring transformational benefits for the charity sector. Having been involved with charitable organisations for many years, I am thrilled to see this initiative which could have a big impact," said Baroness Caroline Cox, the founder of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART).
"A platform such as this can enable people to donate online and to volunteer for charities in ways which will help all involved, including our own charity, HART, as we support our partners who are bringing hope and healing to their communities living in very challenging conditions.
"I am delighted to endorse this initiative and to encourage other people and charities to do the same."
We Make Change believes the millennial generation is the first to have the desire, drive and, crucially, the technology to create a global web of change-makers that can truly make a difference.
Users will be able to create a profile, connect with the charities they want to support and with other individuals fighting for the same issues they care about.
"So many young people are dismayed, angry and frustrated with the state of the world today," added Sancto.
"We are offering these young people the chance to be the change, to join this movement and, together, to make the world better."
To coincide with the International Day of Charity, We Make Change has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising at least £50,000. The money raised will be used to fund the platform’s launch in early 2018 and to expand the reach to as many charities and individuals as possible, to change more lives, more quickly.