Earth Company is excited to announce the opening of the Impact Hero 2022 call for applications! Please carefully read this page as well as the following selection guidelines, and if you think you are the perfect candidate, we look forward to receiving your application by no later than September 7, 2021.
* Please read through the application guideline before applying.
In search of prosperity and growth,
humanity has inadvertently created many issues that are now threatening our own lives.
The reality is: we are the last generation that can save our future before it’s too late.
The world needs more changemakers who can not only solve these issues
but build a regenerative future that does not create them in the first place.
Earth Company selects one Impact Hero a year
– a one-of-a-kind change-maker
that has the potential to transform the future of
developing countries in the Asia-Pacific.
For three years, we work side-by-side with the Impact Heroes
to provide life-changing support including:
1. leadership coaching,
2. tailor-made fundraising,
3. marketing support
4. business development, and
5. management consulting
to maximize their impact and potential as a leader.
WHO ARE “IMPACT HEROES”?
Just like their predecessors – Bella Galhos, Robin Lim, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, Wai Wai Nu, and Arief Rabik– our Impact Heroes are visionary leaders that are driven by bottomless passion and resolute determination to make transformative changes to the communities they serve.
They are not only role models for the next generations, but also have the innate ability to inspire the world.
Through their work, they aim to achieve paradigm shifts and carve out new, inclusive pathways that truly leave nobody behind and build a regenerative, sustainable future. This approach differs greatly from mere imitations of today’s advanced countries that face their share of social and environmental challenges.
Impact Heroes have 7 Qualities:
- Authentic: Integrity and genuineness in the motivation of his/her life work
- Irreplaceable: One-of-a-kind qualities and unique role that cannot be substituted for
- Future-oriented: Aims to realize alternative futures characterized by inclusivity and regeneration
- Passionate: Blazing passion, energy, and conviction that fuels his/her work
- Inspirational: Extraordinary ability to inspire the world through his/her life work
- Leadership: Strong potential to lead his/her community or even country to a brighter future
- Grounded: A role model with deep trust and respect from the community
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Below are the minimum requirements to apply for the Impact Hero program; those applicants who do not fulfill all these eligibility criteria would not be shortlisted.
- Are you aligned with the vision and values of Earth Company?
- Do you tackle some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the developing countries of the Asia Pacific region?
- Do you have innovative solutions that bring deep impact to a wide range of stakeholders?
- Do you serve on the leadership team of a social-purpose organization?
- Are you committed to the cause long-term?
- Are you able to commit a significant amount of time to work with Earth Company’s support team?
- Are you able to regularly communicate with the Earth Company team in Englishby email and online calls?
Earth Company provides 3 years of life-changing support customized specifically to maximize the heroes’ potential.
Empowerment of future-oriented leaders
Our world is full of social and environmental issues, and we need to not only solve these problems but also create a world that does not generate these issues. As such, changemakers of this generation need to have a holistic view of what constitutes an inclusive and regenerative future. We ensure that our impact Heroes have the knowledge and skills required in creating such a future that addresses the wellbeing of all lives.
Soliciting donations and writing grant proposals
One-time financial support does not ensure sustainable impact. At the same time, long-term support could result in over-reliance. In spite of this conundrum, no one can refute the importance of money to accomplish change. While cognizant of the complexity of financial assistance, Earth Company connects individuals and corporate donors in Japan and beyond to specific activities by Impact Heroes that have strong potential to bring transformative and sustainable impact.
Building brand identity & communicational tools, and boosting media presence
For social purpose organizations operating in low-resource settings, having effective communication tools are essential for building their organizational reputation and brand presence. These are as important as marketing, fundraising, and reporting. As such, Earth Company helps its Impact Heroes with
・building their brand identity (such as logos, templates, and stationeries);
・creating a complete package of communication tools (such as brochures, websites, and promotional videos, etc); and/or
・solidifying presentation materials
These assets can be used even after graduating from Earth Company to continue to effectively promote their work, boost their media presence and develop strategic partnerships, both within and beyond their organizations’ countries of operation. Through this support, Earth Company seeks to provide long-term benefits to the work of Impact Heroes.
Building opportunities through expanding network in Japan, increasing media presence, and/or developing revenue-generating programs
Agility and creativity are critical to the survival of organizations in today’s world of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity). Social purpose organizations face the additional challenge of balancing financial and social impact. Earth Company supports its Impact Heroes through creating long-term value from new customers, new markets, and new partnerships. This can range from arranging Impact Heroes to travel to Japan on a marketing/fundraising tour, to testing small pilots as part of developing a revenue-generating social business.
Coaching and consulting in organizational management
The needs of our chosen Impact Heroes vary widely, as does their experience as social entrepreneurs and the maturity of their organization. Depending on their needs, For novice entrepreneurs, we offer skill-building workshops to solidify their ability to effectively manage a social purpose organization in order to grow their impact. The topics covered include but are not limited to:
・Donor relations management
・Theory of change