• Nordic Changemaker Map

  • Swedish Changemaker Map

  • Finnish Changemaker Map

  • Danish Changemaker Map

  • Norwegian Changemaker Map

Taking the pulse on the Nordic Changemaker landscape

The Nordic Changemaker Map was a collaborative project with the objective to identify key stakeholders, networks, connectivity and needed support to strengthen the Nordic ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and changemaking.

The Map used a Snowball Analysis method that enabled a grassroots approach to and thus engaging changemakers from all parts of the region. The Map was conducted both through a quantative approach of online questionnaire, as well as through in-depth personal interviews.

The Nordic Changemaker Map invited 3 categories of changemakers:

(a) established social entrepreneurs,

(b) young changemakers, and

(c) Changemaker initiatives.

The three pillars of the Nordic Changemaker Map

Through a careful analysis, the Map has identified trends among 545 Nordic social entrepreneurs, young Changemakers and joint initiatives.

The analysis served as a springboard to take more informed strategic directions to support and evolve the scene in our society.

Visualised and interactive digital maps that allow ecosystem players to better understand the current state of the Nordic Changemaker scene.

The digital maps aim to provide an easily accessible platform to further connect and enhance their individual Changemakers and collaborative efforts on a national and cross-regional level.

The event series was a space for ecosystem actors to think, dissect, explore and build together. The series foremost brought forward the identified trends and invited for an open forum to with the mission to accelerate and enhance the field.


Background of the Changemaker Map

Ashoka has been actively following the evolution of changemaking ecosystems since the 1980s. However, the first Changemaker Mapping and visualization of the ecosystem was conducted in 2014 in Austria. At that time, more than 1,600 Changemakers were interviewed based on 7,577 proposals. The Map resulted in a comprehensive picture of the country’s active Changemakers and their connections to each other. Besides, the survey increased the awareness of change agents among the general public and also strengthened the networking of the ecosystem.  

Mapping is a great tool for this, as it sheds light on the gender distribution of the ecosystem, the thematic priorities, the gaps and the areas where investment and support accumulate. The mapping also shows what are the barriers to ecosystem development and, on the other hand, what would help Changemakers scale their impact. 

Overview of the Nordic Changemaker Map

The maps have served as a springboard for ecosystem players (including social entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors, network supporters, media, etc.) to: 

  • have a better overview and understanding of the needs, challenges and trends among Changemakers;
  • take better decisions in investments and policies; 
  • improve the changemaking field for individuals and organisations that create societal change.


The Nordic Changemaker Map aims to: 

  • Conduct a health check on the challenges and needs of the ecosystem
  • Create visibility of existing and needed networks for Nordic Changemakers
  • Enhance collaborations and connectivity among stakeholders in the ecosystem, nationally and regional
  • Identify trends to better support, strengthen and evolve the Changemaking scene
  • Assure a wider understanding of social entrepreneurship and Changemaking in the society

A Grassroots-Led Mapping

An important element of the map is the assurance that it is grassroots-led and moves beyond the “silos” of Ashoka Nordic and Reach for Change's established networks in the region. Therefore, the Map adapted the Snowball Analysis methodology to enable an organic approach for nominations and offered participation. 

The Snowball Analysis method is based on a nomination-approach, where one participating Changemaker nominates one or more fellow Changemakers. The nominations are evaluated on the basis of the criteria and categories, and if eligible contacted to participate. The method allows the map to create a ripple effect of reaching beyond the “usual suspects” of the organisers network and engage Changemakers from each region of the Nordics.

Data Collection

The map collects both qualitative and quantitively data, through in-depth interviews and online forms respectively. 

Changemakers who participate through an interview all complete a pre-interview survey, followed by an 1-1,5 hours interview. Changemakers who are invited to fill in a form does so through a more elaborate questionnaire that takes on average 30 minutes to complete. The pre-interview form and the online form are both included in the digital maps. 

This 2-folded approach to the data-collection enables the map to gather insights and reflections that are both visualised on the maps as well as result in a roadmap of reflections/trends/recommendations. 

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