Since 2015, Root Impact has been running the Impact Basecamp for young Changemakers who are
trying to make a better world and positive changes. They have been learning how to solve the
problems in different avenues through the program. During the Season 1 throughout 0 to 5th cohort,
they carried out the projects solving real business problems that a social venture faced in real. The
Season 2 started from the 6th cohort took a different program approach, which made the cohort find
the social issues themselves from the local neighborhood. It is believed to strengthen the capacity of
defining problems over the course of the program. As of September 2018, total 208 people completed
the Impact Basecamp, and 94 people that represent 45% started their career in the social sector
and/or changemaking organizations.
Root Impact thought that it would be hard for the young people to find the helpful information about
jobs in the social sectors. In addition, there are not many schools existing where vocational skills
required in the social sector can be taught. With those in our minds, Root Impact hopes the young
people to experience the changemaking culture through this program and to become the sought-after talent in the sector. Even if they pursue the career in another sector, we encourage them to grow as
Changemakers who keep interested in the social issues and the solutions how to address those. Root
Impact indeed hopes that this program will ignite the community of young future Changemakers as
they feel stable and the sense of belonging.
Real World Problems
We develop the specific solutions that can influence our and our neighbor's life promptly and
positively. With social ventures, Impact Basecamp cohorts try to tackle the problem. Professionals in
diverse fields help them create realistic solutions.
Many professionals cooperate, develop and provide the new problem-solving curriculum, such as
'logical thinking' for building and disassembling logics and structures, 'design thinking' for
experimenting and repeating prototyping and test nimbly, 'practice of strategic leadership' for using
both oneself and team as a textbook and discussing, and other sessions supporting project
implementation (making hardware/software prototype, story funding basics, effective
Impact Basecamp cohorts are accessible to 1:1 mentoring and group sessions so they have
opportunities to deeply understand and discuss social sector's careers as well as themselves. Also, the
information and career opportunities will continue to be shared even after each program ends, and
through regular networking events, they will be the part of Changemaker community.
Impact Career Y is designed to connect Changemaker organizations to the future Changemakers by
providing co-hiring and vocational training program in the social sector. In the first place, the hiring
organizations select the young Changemakers. And they will be joining the Boot Camp (2 weeks)
before they start working and contemplating on social sector's activities. After they complete the Boot
Camp, they will start internship at each Changemaker organization.
All the hiring partners, where want to recruit people via Impact Career Y, are the Changemaker
organizations that are bringing positive changes to the society. Root Impact plays a role of platform
that is seeking and connecting talented young Changemakers who can share the value with what
each organization pursues. This aims for their activities to effectively continue and have bigger
To have the Changemaker organization's recruitment process efficiently, all the hiring steps from
writing job descriptions, job interviews, notification and vocational training for the new hires will be
provided and supported.
Impact Career Y is connecting Changemaker organizations to young Changemakers. Using various
channels, this seeks the young future Changemakers who deeply empathize with social issues and
values that each Changemaker organization tries to deliver.
Boot Camp’s curriculum are designed based on the practitioners' opinion and expert knowledge in
the social sector. Throughout the 2 weeks of vocational training, young Changemakers can learn why
and what the organization works for, acquire vocational skills that are required in the field, and boost
confidence on their work. In this process, they can meet colleagues who will start working together
and create strong bonding within the community where they will support each other.
Although Korean women are highly educated, the number of women who experience career
disruption has reached 1.81 million according to the Statistics Korea in 2017. Root Impact launched
Impact Career W to solve the issue in October 2017. Impact Career W, as a co-hiring program for
women who had to stop their career mainly due to pregnancy, childbirth, childcare and family care, is
run twice a year.
Root Impact is more than just developing one single program that women harmoniously grow in both
work and life. We rather wish to build the fundamental solution beyond the social issue named career
disrupted women, through Impact Career W. In other words, its goal is to make a better environment
that all the Changemakers, not just women, can continuously make a happy and healthy life in both
work place and home. Indeed, the period of parenting gives new capability such as empathy,
leadership, priority setting and so on. For this reason, career-possessing women, not career disrupted
women want to actively keep growing in the flexible work environment following the mission to make
a better world also for their children.
The career-possessing women selected as fellows of Impact Career W redefine their career disruption
to career possessing through education program, Discovery Camp (2 weeks). This helps them
rediscover the value of the time they spent as a parent and the growth came along with. After the
Discovery Camp, they will start working at each Changemaker organization.
Gender Equal Workplace
In addition to hiring experienced employees with professional skills, recruitment partners of Impact
Career W are grateful to have an opportunity to investigate the organizational culture and human
resources policy in terms of gender equality and work and life balance. It is hoped to influence
positively them to embrace any relevant policies and cultures for employees’ sustainability.
Root Impact calls people’s attention to career disruption issues in different angles through fellow's
real talks, which we hope to create positive system changes in individuals and organizations along
with other Changemakers.