MovingWorlds History & Background

MovingWorlds was founded in 2011 by Mark Horoszowski and Derk Norde, two individuals with a unified motivation to support social enterprise on a global scale.

Eager to contribute to social impact in a way that his previous professional roles had not allowed him to, Horoszowski planned a year-long international trip in which he volunteered his skills while furthering his knowledge of social enterprise. Norde, who was already immersed in his own social enterprise project, met Horoszowski at an event in Argentina. The two formed a quick connection and set the course for what would become MovingWorlds. Since then the ultimate goal of MovingWorlds has been to build social enterprise leaders and doers behind world-changing ideas. It operates capacity building programs for social impact organizations, a global Experteering platform and community for individuals, a career-growth fellowship, as well as customized support for corporations.

Learn more about MovingWorlds and get to know our team here.

MovingWorlds in the News

Moving Worlds with Mark Horoszowski

Social Enterprise Alliance Podcast, April 2023

Scaling Up Through Corporate Partnerships with Mark Horoszowski

Awarepreneurs Podcast, November 2022

How Experteering Makes the World Better

Superpowers For Good Podcast, August 2022

From Competition to Collaboration: Pyxera Global Partners With MovingWorlds To Expand Pro-Bono Support to World-Changing Social Entrepreneurs

3BL Media, June 2022

How Public and Private Leaders Can Build a Social Economy by Working With Impactful Businesses

World Economic Forum, May 2022

CXO Show Time: Leading the Leaders with Mark Horoszowski

TALRadio, March 2022

Leading Systemic Change, Part One: The Discovery Journey with Mark Horoszowski

Portals of Perception, February 2022

Building an Equitable Future with MovingWorlds' Mark Horoszowski

Create New Futures Podcast, January 2022

Moving Worlds From The Inside Out: An Interview with Alexandra Nemeth

Daughters of Change Podcast, November 2021

Louise Bleach and Mark Horoszowski: CSR, Social Enterprise, and Doing Well by Doing Good

Impact Audio Podcast, August 2021

MovingWorlds Selected as a Fast Company World-Changing Idea Honoree

Fast Company, May 2021

7 Ways Corporate Responsibility Leaders Will Take Action in 2021: Findings from 50 Interviews

Triple Pundit, March 2021

MovingWorlds Selected as #2 Best Company "to Escape to" / Best Employer

Escape the City, February 2021

Revealed: the best companies to work for (and how to get a job with them)

Positive News, February 2021

MovingWorlds, a model for how you can use your skills for social impact

Tech Stands Up Podcast, December 2020

Scaling Social Impact Initiatives During a Pandemic: MovingWorlds CEO Mark Horoszowski

Restarting America Podcast, November 2020

MovingWorlds Announces New Social Enterprise Program, S-GRID, to Accelerate Post-COVID Recovery

CSR Wire, July 2020

How Social Enterprises Can Scale Impact Through Corporate Partnerships with Mark Horoszowski, CEO & Co-Founder of MovingWorlds

The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast, July 2020

Changing travel: the sustainable startups boosted by awards from

The Guardian, May 2019

2018 Halo Awards Honor Top Corporate Social Impact Initiatives

CSRWire, May 2018

MovingWorlds Helps People Accelerate Their Careers Through Social Good, May 2019

From Marketing to MovingWorlds

CareerShifters, February 2018

Where to Go in 2018 — and make a difference__

SF Chronicle, December 2017

MovingWorlds matches expertise with volunteer opportunities

King 5, May 2017

How this accountant went from crunching numbers to changing worlds

Upworthy, May 2017

How to maximize the benefits of skills-based volunteering

Devex, May 2016

This “Experteering” Program Will Transition You Into A Social Good Career In 6 Months

FastCompany, November 2016

Motivating employees through volunteerism

Globe & Mail, October 2016

The Secret Weapon Most Job Hunters Don't Know About

The Daily Muse, July 2015

When Experts Volunteer, Good Happens

Forbes, July 2015

Seattle Company Working to Do Good With Experteering

Komo 4 news, June 2014

‘Voluntourism’ Can’t Solve Big Problems. That’s Where ‘Experteers’ Come In

Huffington Post, May 2015

'Experteering' — A New Way to Pool Top Talent for Social Impact

Devex, November 2014

MovingWorlds Contributions & Thought Leadership

ESG Needs a Shared Language

Stanford Social Innovation Review, October 2022

Social Enterprises Can Grow Their Revenue and Impact by Partnering with Corporations – Here’s How To Support Them

NextBillion, September 2022

Riding the lion of social entrepreneurship means knowing the terrain

World Economic Forum, September 2022

Sustainable Procurement: A Big Income Opportunity for Impact Entrepreneurs

Impact Entrepreneur, April 2022

We Interviewed 50 Corporate Responsibility Leaders with Big Plans for 2021: Here’s What We Learned

Triple Pundit, March 2021

This is a Defining Moment for CSR Leaders: Stand Out, or Lose Our Faith

Triple Pundit, October 2021

How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor.

Harvard Business Review, January 2020

Purpose-driven leaders will occupy your workplace in 2020: Here’s how to maximize them.

FastCompany, December 2019

Managing the Managers: Nine Tips to Help Social Enterprises Build Outstanding Management Teams.

NextBillion, December 2019

Goal for 2020: Mobilize Employees For Lasting Change.

TriplePundit, December 2019

Microsoft’s MySkills Program demonstrates these five proven steps to scale social impact initiatives at your company.

Conscious Company, August 2019

Want to do good in your career? Do good for the world, first

Kununu, July 2019

3 steps to take if you want to change careers into a role that makes a difference

FastCompany, May 2019

How to grow from the feedback you receive

The Ladders, May 2019

How to Help Social Enterprises Scale: New Research Suggests it’s Not Just About Financial Capital

Next Billion, January 2019

Ensuring That Skilled Volunteers Land with Impact

Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 2018

Thrive Global Column, by Mark Horoszowski

Thrive Global, periodic 2018-present

Huffington Post Impact Program, by Mark Horoszowski

Huffington Post, periodic 2016-2017

The Next Big Corporate Outsourcing Trend? How To Do Good.

Triple Pundit, June 2018

How To Create A Human-Centered Approach To Corporate Giving

Fast Company, May 2016

How to Use Stretch Assignments to Support Social Good

Harvard Business Review, November 2015

5 Surprising Benefits Of Volunteering

Forbes, March 2015

Why your company needs an international corporate volunteering program

Devex, February 2015

Quotes from MovingWorlds, its Partners and Advisors on July 2020 S-GRID Launch

What makes this moment in time so pivotal is that inequities and environmental degradation tend to increase after recessions. By investing in social enterprises today, we can help them be ready to integrate into the post-COVID recovery to better distribute wealth while using regenerative business models to address the ongoing environmental crisis.

-Mark Horoszowski, CEO and Co-Founder of MovingWorlds, SPC

Over the last 9 years, we’ve seen how essential communities of practice are to individuals and organizations intent on scaling impact. With S-GRID, we can help build the capacity of employees behind the social enterprises that will push business to be more sustainable and equitable for years to come. The program will give participants access to a community where they can discuss complex problems and design solutions, ensuring their ideas are truly scalable and world-changing.

-Cole Hoover, Director of the MovingWorlds Institute

S-GRID is the first program of its kind to help social enterprises build the skills, know-how, and connections needed to participate in global supply chains, and in a way they can truly deliver social impact. With the socio-economic implications of COVID-19 hitting social enterprises across the world especially hard, SAP is doubling down on its long-standing commitment to accelerating the social enterprise sector through access to talent, technology and markets. SAP has a powerful platform to help the private sector put their money where their purpose is and scale the social enterprise sector. Corporations today spend trillions of dollars - 3 trillion on SAP Ariba’s platform alone - related to sourcing and distribution chains. Imagine the positive impact that could be made through procurement spend if just a few percent is directed towards social-first organizations.

-Alexandra van der Ploeg, Head of SAP Corporate Social Responsibility

As a start-up we have participated in many accelerators but we are particularly keen to apply for S-GRID. We are excited by the prospect of whole team training but especially the potential to form strategic corporate partnerships. Building meaningful connections in the corporate sphere is a challenge faced by all small enterprises. As such, we are looking forward to exploring how S-GRID is able to accelerate and foster these connections so we can focus on what we do best - providing water to those at the forefront of the water crisis.

-Louise Bleach, Business Development Manager, Desolenator

We're applying to S-GRID so we can make a bigger impact. It's the only program that offers any and every member of our team training and support so that we can scale our sales and operations to effectively partner with the corporate sector. S-GRID has the potential to save us time and costs so that we can focus on our mission of cleaning the oceans, while also building a sustainable economy.

-Pete Ceglinski, CEO, Seabin

This solves a huge problem for social enterprises to scale - we need more knowledge, experience, and resources. Not just to partner with the international companies that everybody knows, but more importantly, to connect with all the organizations across a company's network that are part of these global supply chains. If corporations want to create change on the ground, they need to find a local solution to partner with and support, and S-GRID helps them do that.

-Henri Nyakarundi, Founder and CEO, A.R.E.D.

In VillageCapital’s accelerator programs, we prioritize 1-1 meetings between social entrepreneurs and corporate leaders because social enterprises often have great products but lack access to decision-makers in their sector's distribution/value chain, making it harder to scale to world-changing impact. S-GRID is an important program that will help solve this problem: assist social entrepreneurs in building the social capital they need to connect to corporate value chains.

-Allie Burns, CEO, VillageCapital

The S-GRID program fundamentally shifts how social enterprises are thinking about scale beyond the enterprise itself. There's an opportunity to enable corporations who are already shifting from a shareholder to stakeholder-view of capitalism to reconceptualize their value chains to incorporate more local social enterprises that are committed to doing good. Now that's impact at scale!

-Nate Wong, Interim Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University


What does S-GRID stand for?

S-GRID stands for Sustainable Growth of Revenues for International Development, a program that provides foundational support to social enterprise so that they can continue to innovate and grow. The introduction of grid layouts in city planning dates back to 2600 BC. Their introduction fostered innovation in navigation, buildings, business models, mobility, safety, and more. In cities with grids, you can more easily navigate, and even people with blindness can travel safely. Their simplicity in name and layout means their importance is often overlooked, yet they are foundational to progress.

What is the ideal social enterprise profile?

This program is for social enterprises that meet the following criteria:

  1. Size & Employees: Has at least one employee beyond the founder(s). The average enterprise will be between 5 and 45 employees.
  2. Stage: Has a good, service, or product that is already being sold and generating revenues.
  3. Revenues: Most qualifying enterprises will be generating between $100,000 and $2.5 Million USD, but this will vary by country and geography.
  4. Legal Status: Legally exists for a pro-social and/or environmental impact (this can be nonprofit, for-profit with a social mission, hybrid, co-op, community-based group, or other)
  5. Mission Alignment: Measures and reports on pro-social and/or environmental impact to the public, board, and/or another 3rd party
  6. Program fit: Has a team member – or multiple team members – responsible for growing revenues through partnerships.

What is the cost for social enterprises to participate?

Thanks to generous support from SAP, participation during COVID is free. Based on the social enterprise’s home-country and revenues, we are experimenting with asking that 3-10% of their next corporate partnership contract achieved through the program be reinvested back into S-GRID to help sponsor the participation of more social enterprises.

For a complete list of S-GRID FAQs, please visit our help center.

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