Good intentions alone are not enough. If they were, the world would be fixed by now.

The case to reassess the global development realm and social impact work is not new. But, few talk about why we often get it so wrong in the first place. The history we (don’t) learn, the (problematic) language we hear, and the (single-narrative) media around us all play a fundamental role in how we perceive reality, norms and ‘other’-ness.

That’s where we come in.

LensShift is a space that facilitates learning, critical reflection and discourse on social change. Rather than replicating the compelling work of others, we bring together their wisdom to push beyond the status quo. We don’t claim to have all the answers. Instead, we hope to provide enough information to get everyone in the habit of asking more questions. What haven’t you learned in your education? What if there’s more to the story than what’s being told? What don’t you know?

Our platform stitches together a growing Library of LensShift-summarized existing resources (articles, videos, podcasts, infographics, games, etc.) that are otherwise scattered across the web to create a more cohesive narrative. Additionally, resource Streams we’ve developed unpack critical topics fundamental to social impact. Users can work through them to learn more about important topics in a structured way. Need help on applying these learnings? Refer to our Practical Guides where you’ll find distilled takeaways that can be put into constructive conversations and positive action.

Though we have grand visions of how we’d like to see the world change and progress, do note that we’re just getting started!

While we aspire to be a comprehensive reference point for encouraging learning and critical reflection about social impact work around the globe, we needed a place to start. As such, our initial content focus has broadly been sub-Saharan Africa. We decided on this region due to multiple factors including: the sheer volume of international development projects underway, the overwhelming amount of misinformation and misrepresentation of the area, and the coincidental physical location of our founders. We will expand our focus in the coming months and years.

Along with our content being a work-in-progress, so is this website you’re currently browsing. Head to Upcoming Features to see what else we’re cooking up.

We’re really excited that you’re here and hope you find us helpful.