33-6-3 each week for enterprise employees: 33 hours of paid work, 6 hours of higher education, 3 hours of personal development
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
33-6-3 becomes an open-source curriculum for any coal community. Our collaborative approach to expansion is less about geography and more about empowering local leaders. We envision a global network of coal-country social-entrepreneurs doing business together. We call these Social Enterprise and Economic Diversification partners: SEEDs. The investment vehicle is the SEED Fund, a subsidiary fund we own. This fund has helped fund 50 new social enterprises in Appalachia. We will leverage public and private investment to grow the fund to at least $3 million.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
We empower people by not only employing them, but supporting them on a career pathway to raises, promotions, and fulfillment. The goal is not just to get a job, but to live out a passion. The “3” in 33-6-3 culminates with Citizenship. Ultimately, people in need develop agency not only to provide for themselves and their families, but to become leaders, to shape their community’s decision making. This is a new foundation not for only temporary socio-economic improvement but generational justice.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
Community Thrive Winner ($1 million prize), JMK Social Innovation Prize Winner, Heinz Award for Technology, Economy, and Employment, and New Vision PIE Investee. Our CEO is a DRK and Ashoka Fellow and was named West Virginian of the Year in 2017.
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
In the immediate term, we will leverage our Steering Committee role on the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) to scale throughout the region. In looking nationwide, we will primarily look to the Just Transition Fun which has active partnerships in coal communities nationwide. Once ready to scale globally, we will primarily engage our global Ashoka network. All growth is community-based as the SEED description above affirms.