Community Catalyst — Part I

Originally posted on January 14, 2015 by Jordan Ivatts, enkel community catalyst.

Creatively Catalyzing Communities of Change

Community Catalyst is a strategy for collaboratively exploring new possibilities. Its aim is to empower a more robust, efficient and innovative community of Makers and Changemakers.

One way I like to view enkel, is through the eyes of a university student.

If TEDx was a lecture theatre, enkel would be the laboratory. The development, experimentation and exploration of great ideas is at our core.

In a permanent sense, enkel aims to be a laboratory space for social change. It’s a collaborative laboratory for the local Maker or Changemaker to explore new possibilities.

Community Catalyst is about expanding that collective exploration of innovative ideas to the wider community, harnessing the power of co-creation.

This is the difference between an isolated approach to problem solving versus a collective one, which maximises creative possibilities through combined intellectual diversity.

The majority of capitalist business ventures involve an isolated “niche market” approach. A focused solution is created without considering the whole picture. In times past, and still today, this can often result in ecologically damaging and unsustainable enterprise. Even social ventures with good intentions can end up creating wastage through duplicity and disunity.

Community Catalyst is geared towards encouraging greater unity and awareness throughout the innovation process. It catalyses creativity and the common goals that we share as agents of change. Rather than addressing an issue and creating an isolated solution, we want to involve the wider innovation community in the problem solving process.

The heart of Community Catalyst has already been evident throughout the last three major events that we have hosted. From the Food Futures Conference, to the Education Hackathon and the Temporary Maker Space.It has been about creating an opportunity to connect community and innovation together, tackling “purpose” without compromising on the “people”.


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Originally published at on January 14, 2015.