What is World Merit?
World Merit is a global community of millennials, taking action to make a positive difference both locally and across the world. Together with the United Nations, World Merit focuses on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, aiming to end extreme poverty, fix climate change and get rid of inequality. Our online platform connects young global citizens and provides a place to debate on global issues, collaborate on projects and showcase their impact.
What is the Mission and Vision of World Merit
It’s World Merit’s mission to unleash the upcoming generation to create waves of change. Our vision is to improve our world by providing young global citizens with radically inclusive opportunities. We exist to empower youth to build a better future beyond beliefs and borders.
How can I contact World Merit?
You can email us at email@example.com or find us at the address below
The Tea Factory,
82 Wood Street Liverpool,
What are the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)?
SDG is short for Sustainable Development Goal and the United Nations have come up with 17 of them, which were issued in 2015 to tackle some of the biggest problems in the world. You can join or create a group to discuss tackling these issues within our community platform:
SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG2 - Zero Hunger
SDG3 - Good Health and Well-Being
SDG4 - Quality Education
SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG10 - Reduced Inequalities
SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG13 - Climate Action
SDG14 - Life Below Water
SDG15 - Life on Land
SDG16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG17 - Partnerships for the Goals
I'm new here, how do I get involved?
Firstly, hello! Welcome to World Merit. You can sign up to the hub which is our social platform and connect with loads of other people just like yourself. Then you can take action, earn points and apply for opportunities with those points with our impact app.
What is the hub?
The World Merit Hub is an online social network that allows our community to collaborate, communicate and facilitate projects, programs and actions from all over the globe.
How do I sign up to the hub?
Visit https://worldmerit.org and click sign up in the top right hand corner.
What can I do on the hub?
You can create events, take part in discussions, start councils, apply for our programs and talk to hundreds of like-minded individuals that are all working towards a better world.
How can I reset my password?
What does World Merit do with my Data?
World merit is in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations in the United Kingdom. We will never share your data without your consent.
How old do I have to be to sign up to the hub?
The hub allows people aged 13 and over to sign up and take part in the online discussions.
What happens if someone is harrassing me online?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immidiately including the name, date, time and information about the incident.
What is Merit360?
Merit360 conferences are large youth lead forums and the loudest call to action concerning the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
The program encompasses a two week conference that brings together amazing change makers from all over the world. Delegates who are known as Action Plan Executors will meet and make lasting connections with peers from almost every sector, country and industry. This program also consists of a pre-conference 6 month online program that leads up to our Merit360 conference.
We connect you with like minded individuals and guide you through a process of designing a human centered solution to combat a specific problem of your chosen SDG, as well as, help you build interpersonal skills, team management and communication planning. If you are a changemakers aged 18 - 32 with a passion for changing the world, then you apply now to be a part of our program!
What will I learn?
The Merit360 program is famous for its balanced combination of practical sessions, real collaborative projects between participants, inter-cultural experience, and fun activities. You can expect to learn everything from the history behind World Merit and the United Nations, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to the tools and techniques that will build leadership skills and personal development. In addition to the above, you will also master the human-centred design process to create innovative solutions to real world challenges, build on effective research methodologies and reporting, and gain insight into marketing and communication strategies that will aid in creating effective calls for action and social campaigns. Last but not least, meeting young people from over 60 countries will be the best international experience you could have over the course of two weeks.
Where will the next Program be held?
The Merit360 Program will first convene at the University of Chester. Established in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. Eleven (11) days into the program we will then travel to London to gear up for our final presentations at The Palace of Westminster. This is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
How much is the participation fee and what does it include?
The participation fee is £1200.00 which is inclusive of a £120.00 deposit and it includes: Full access to the Merit360 Online Panel, Food and Accommodation at the Merit360 Two Week Conference, Local Tours, an Action Plan Executor Certificate, a Delegates Package and Goody Bag, Visa Support, Technical Project Support, Online Program Modules, and a Team Facilitator and Mentor. Note: It does not include airfare to and from the United Kingdom or Visa Costs.
I am afraid I cannot afford it. What should I do?
No worries! After your application gets approved and you’re able to pay your deposit, we will provide full fundraising support to find all required financial resources for you to attend this life-changing program. In the last two years, most of our participants managed to fundraise all the costs by using our fundraising support. The immediate challenge might be that we have to close an application cycle due to all spots being filled up. For that reason, hurry up and apply now.
How much money do I need?
The next Merit360 Conference will take place in the United Kingdom at Chester University and the House of Parliament, from August 24th to September 8th, 2018. The fee for a delegate is £1,200.
These fees cover:
- All hand-outs and support materials
- Fundraising support
- Access to the World Merit Community
- Mentor and Action Plan Facilitator
- Hostel accommodation
- All catering
- On the ground transport
- Delegates package and Goody Bag
- Various tour tickets
Please note that flights are not included in the delegate fees. All attendees must organise flights themselves. August 24th is the set date for participants to arrive and Septermber 8th is the set date for participants to depart. World Merit is not liable for any costs incurred on these specific days. This should be taken into account when planning your fundraising campaign. Before approaching anyone for sponsorship, work out exactly how much money you need.
Can World Merit sponsor me?
World Merit does not usually provide sponsorships unless stated otherwise via competitions and challenges on our hub. World Merit believes in a fundraising approach as this can build useful skills in all our delegates.
Who should I approach for funding?
Universities: Some universities will provide students with funding for courses, training and experiences. Please enquire with your Student Career services. Alternatively, if you have already graduated, you could get in touch with the Alumni Association.
Local companies and organisations: We suggest that you only approach local companies and organisations who you have a strong connection with e.g. you work for or have previously worked for. Remember that you are making a case, so be sure to share information with your potential funders about why you are making an impact in your community or organisation.
NGOs: You could approach an NGO that you have a connection with or an NGO whose aims align with your own.
How should I ask for sponsorship?
There are many ways to ask for sponsorship. The first step in your approach should be a phone call, though it’s a good idea to send some information via email beforehand. This will help your potential sponsor to understand why you are calling. Make some notes about what you are going to discuss before you pick up the phone.
We will provide you with a sponsorship appeal letter from our Program Director to prove that you have been accepted as a candidate to the Merit360 Program and to provide your potential sponsor with more information about World Merit.
Tell them why sponsoring you would be beneficial to them as well as yourself. All sponsors’ company logos can be featured on our participant photo along with other printed material. Explain what your attendance at the conference will do for you. If you are approaching someone you work for, explain how your attendance could benefit the company, organisation or NGO. If it is a university or media company, you could offer them something in return e.g. write for them about your experience.
Once you have made contact by phone you can follow up with an email a couple days later containing the main points you made on the phone. It may be worth thinking about how much money you are going to ask each person for. You may want to ask one person for the full amount.
Why is there no application deadline?
Due to an increasing demand for participation on the next Merit360 program, we decided to offer rolling admission this year. This simply means we will be accepting applications until we fill all available spots with selected participants. Judging from the current number of available spots, it won’t be open for much longer. Note: Spots are held once a downpayment is held
How is the application process?
To apply go to worldmerit.org/merit360. Click apply and fill in all fields to the best of your ability. If you’re chosen to move on to the next round you’ll be provided with account details to access your Merit Panel where you can see updates, guides and more.
You will then be asked to conduct an automated interview on your panel. This is the final step to full acceptance. If fully accepted you’ll be asked to pay a deposit within 15 days to secure your slot. With one month before the conference July 1st to make a full payment.
What should I do if I need a Visa?
We offer great Visa support in the form of letters, bank statements and our super handy checklist. Note: This is only available after a deposit is made to secure your spot as a delegate.
How can I apply for Destination2030?
Simply sign up at (link) and create your profile. You will be directed to your own Destination2030 panel where you can get to know all the challenges for Phase 1, along with some helpful resources that you might need along the way.
How can I qualify for the second phase of Destination2030?
Phase 1: Do any combination of the 6 challenges and score at least a total of 1000 points to automatically qualify for Phase 2. You will get to know the Phase 2 challenge as soon as you complete a 1000 points. The last day to submit your phase 1 challenges is 5th July 2018.
Till when can I apply for Destination2030?
You can sign up and submit your completed challenges of phase 1 latest by the 5th July, 2018. It is always better to apply as early as possible to buy yourself more time to complete the Phase 1 challenges and get informed about the Phase 2 task.
How do I know if Destination2030 is for me?
Destination2030 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity meant for any and every young global citizen. It is a one-of-a-kind global competition that puts every participants through fun yet meaningful challenges, allowing them to put their creativity and sense-of-initiative to the test while performing small actions of positive change that spread awareness about and spark action towards the SDGs. It is unique, fun and a truly global challenge that allows you to showcase your voice, creativity and determination to do good to a global platform.
What do I need to participate in Destination2030?
All that anyone needs to do to participate in Destination2030 is to sign up and successfully earn a 1000 points before 10th July 2018. To successfully fulfill the different tasks and challenges, you will need to have the determination to prove your merit by putting your ideas into action. Your own style and creativity will take you a long way. The only limited resource you need to use well is Time.
Just sign up for Destination2030 and get going. No fee whatsoever.
What is the Destination2030 evaluation based on?
The progress of a participant to Phase 2 is automatic based on the scoring of a minimum of 1000 points. For each phase 1 challenge, the minimum points of that specific challenge are awarded to every successful submission. Addition points are awarded based on the kind of execution of that challenge.
Each task has its own evaluation criteria. However, what we are looking for from each submission from a participant is an insight into the thinking process of the individual, and the approach to execute their own ideas. Each applicant will be evaluated taking in account the performance in the individual task for the task specific rewards, and their holistic performance while shortlisting for Phase 3.
Evaluation for the entire competition will be done by a diverse and unbiased panel representing World Merit and partnering/supporting organisations/individuals.
Is there a random selection of the top Destination2030 winners?
World Merit believes in awarding the merit of youth. There is no random selection/lottery for selecting or shortlisting participants in the entire competition.
I do not have a passport. Can I participate in Destination2030?
Yes, you can participate in Destination2030 even if you do not hold a passport currently. However, you will need a passport to progress to the later levels of the competition as they are based in Saudi Arabia and Portugal. Therefore, we urge you to apply and start completing the Phase 1 challenges (and Phase 2 challenge subsequently) and along with that, initiate your passport application process so that you have one before the 20th of July in order to be eligible to proceed to Phase 3.
Is there any fee involved in Destination2030?
There is no fee involved to participate in Destination2030. The entire competition is accessible to everyone free of any cost.
How will the finances be managed for the Global Ambassador after Destination2030
Destination2030 is a global competition by World Merit in partnership with the Misk Foundation, along with other partners and supporters. We are grateful to our partners and sponsors to be able to make the entire competition and the Ambassadorial Year (2019) possible.
I am enrolled in a university and my course extends to/beyond 2019. Does it make sense for me to participate in Destination2030?
Yes, it completely makes sense to participate. As observed in the previous years when World Merit ran a similar competition, most universities and similar institutions provide their support to their students when they make it further in the competition. The shortlisted participants are needed to travel only in later half of august, which allows ample time for participants to notify their universities about the same. We will provide official letters to describe the authenticity and nature of this campaign to all the short-listed applicants, as well as the final winner. In a rare scenario where your institution is not able to provide such support, we still urge you to take part in the challenges of your interest in order to win the other opportunities and rewards from our Destination2030 reward bank, as not all of them are time-bound or require too much time commitment.
I have responsibilities/other commitments for 2019 and it is impossible for me to take out a whole year for being a Global Ambassador? Does it still make sense for me to participate in Destination2030?
Destination2030 offers loads of more opportunities and rewards apart from the big prize of being appointed as the Global Ambassador for 2019. The other rewards do not require any long-term time commitment and are flexible. Therefore, your participation will still yield a relevant opportunity for you, in the case that you are not available fully to be the Global Ambassador.
Has Destination2030 ever been done previously?
Though this is the first competition happening under the fresh banner of Destination2030, we have done a similar competition thrice in the past, starting from 2010 till 2013. The three competitions yielded four global ambassadors after receiving more than 160,000 applicants from more than a hundred countries in the three competitions combined. It is notable though that this time the competition is bigger than ever with a lot more opportunities being offered. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals serve as the guiding framework behind the competition and the role of the Global Ambassador.
Will there be any expenses that I have to take care of during the ambassadorial year after Destination2030?
All the expenses related to the role of the Ambassador will be covered by World Merit. In addition, the ambassador will also receive a monthly stipend.
How will the year as Global Ambassador work?
The Global Ambassador will be officially considered as a part of the World Merit HQ team, which is based in Liverpool, United Kingdom. It is here where the Ambassador will undergo their induction, training and planning for the year. Throughout 2019 the Ambassador will have a variety of destinations around the world to visit but, s/he will be frequenting to the Liverpool office for periodic preparation and follow-ups.
Who do I ask any questions I may have for Destination2030?
You can email at Destination2030@worldmerit.org
What is Team2030?
A program to build 200 teams of 5 people each to commit to tackling United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to collectively positively impact the lives of over 300,000 people worldwide.
How many people do I need in my team? Can my team have less/more people?
We recommend for you to have 5 people on your team. The vouchers and prizes are focused on teams of five. Of course it is up to you to hit your targets and we encourage you to work with as many people in your community to positively impact as many lives as possible.
Where do I register for my team?
Who do I ask any questions I may have for Team2030?
You can email at email@example.com
What do I need to do to win the amazing prizes?
Only the first two are required, number 3 is only encouraged.
Can your team reach out and impact a minimum of 1500 people (300 people per person)?
Can you fundraise a minimum of £250 as a team (£50 per person)?
Can your team build legacy and commit to growing more community projects for the SDGs?
When can I start building my team?
You can start today! Just sign up yourself and add team members later, using a specific link that will be generated for you when you sign up at: worldmerit.org/team2030/register
When can I start executing my plan to win the challenges?
You can start today! Even better: You will have a head start to the teams signing up after May 1st, so you better get going!
When will the program officially launch for everyone to start submitting their impact, raised funds and claim prizes?
1200 PM GMT. May 1st, 2018
I’ve recently done an amazing event. Does that count towards the impact created by our team?
Yes! After May 1st, you can submit events up to 6 months prior to the official launch on May 1st. Every event you, or your team member has hosted after November 1st 2017 is eligible for Team2030.
Do I need to be a part of existing World Merit Council to get started on T2030 challenges?
Nope, you don’t have to be a part of a Local Council to get started. Of course we would like for you to leave your legacy, but will tell you much more about our Council framework during Team2030.
Are the prizes confirmed?
They are potential prizes since we are looking into going even bigger with them!
Can I apply as a team with my Local Council if I am a part of a Local Council in my region?
Yes, you can have members of your Local Council and make a team of 5 people to get started. Perhaps you even have friends or family who aren’t part of World Merit yet, who would love to join this campaign! Everyone is welcome.
I am a Local Council President and I want to participate in Team2030. How should I go about my existing responsibilities and Team2030?
We believe that everything you need to be doing for Team2030 are things you would normally be doing as a Local Merit Council anyway. You are positively making an impact in your community and getting fundraising experience. Participating in Team2030 will just open up a lot of benefits and prizes for you and your team!
What is the difference between a Local Merit Council and a team for Team2030?
Every individual can sign-up for Team2030 and your main objective is to positively impact the lives of a minimum of 1500 people and fundraise a minimum of £250.
As a Local Merit Council, you are building a legacy. You are building a sustainable team, creating a network of supporters and partners, who will help you to create sustainable impact, you play a key role in the World Merit family. When the campaign Team2030 has finished, your Local Merit Council will still exist and you will continue to make a positive impact in your community.
Can there be more than one team from my Local Merit Council?
How should we manage resources/network/partners between our teams if we belong to the same Local Council?
For a functioning Local Merit Council board; you can have a team of 8 people max. who are a part of the board. If you are one of the volunteers for your Local Merit Council and not a part of the board then you can have as many teams of 5 from your region as you’d like.
What if I am a part of a network such as AIESEC or any other network; can I have my fellow mates join in to be a part of team and work on creating impact?
Yes, for sure and not just organisations! Sign up with your football team, your colleagues, your sports buddies, choir or classmates. Again, everyone is welcome to join!
Can I join more than one team for T2030?
No, we really would like to encourage you to to channel all your passion, determination and energy towards one team.
How will our impact be measured?
Your impact will be measured through our Impact App. At the official launch date on May 1st you will receive more information on where to download the app. This app will allow you to register your impact within 30 seconds and claim points for it at the same time.
One of your team will submit the total of your team’s impact and will receive a code, so other team members can claim the individual points too. The collective impact of your event will count towards your total impacted people.
What are the ‘points’ you mentioned above?
World Merit’s core operating principle is:
Take action -> Earn Credits -> Be Eligible for Opportunities
Every action you take will be rewarded with points on your hub profile. You can spend these points on opportunities and prizes. For Team2030, you are already in the running for some incredible prizes, but you will still receive points for taking action.
Why do we have to fundraise the given amount? What will it be used for?
Money raised by each team (minimum of £250 per team / £50 per person) will be used to build a school or medical centre or similar in communities were that will make most benefit. The use of this money will be voted for by participating teams.
My team needs certain funds to execute our project. Can we use the funds out of the £250 that we raise?
As long as you have raised your minimum £250 to be eligible to win the prizes, you can use the rest of your raised funds for any World Merit related projects in your community. However, if you manage to fundraise and submit more than £250 for your T2030 challenge; we have some amazing prizes for the team with the best results! Also, we encourage you to make your events and projects cashflow - free. Create partnerships, ask for in-kind donations and try to stay away from dealing with money. We know for sure that you will be able to find some awesome partners who would be happy to support you in donating tshirts, a venue or anything else you might need. You will make some friends along the way too!
What is the process for running fundraising?
This is completely up to you! We will help you by setting up a fundraising page for your team on our website after May 1st: official launch of Team2030. It is then up to you to hit your minimum targets.
Are there any specific areas or topics we need to focus our impact on?
We consider all SDGs to be equally as valuable and interlinked. It’s up to you to assess the needs of your community and act upon them. If you are unsure what SDG your event is tackling, SDG1 (No Poverty), SDG4 (Quality Education) and SDG8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) often cover a broad range of targets that apply to a lot of projects.
Do we need a team leader? Are there any perks for the person in the team leader role?
No, you do not need a team leader. It will help you to get to know the people on your team, if you don’t know them already and find out what each other’s strengths are. You might want to take turns in organising events or designing projects, or one person is best to take the lead. It’s all up to you!
When will Storyteller2030 be launched?
Storyteller2030 will be launched mid 2018.
What is a partner of World Merit?
An entity that provides financial support for World Merit activities.
Private/ philanthropic donations
An entity that provides in-kind support to assist World Merit in carrying out activities.
Providing opportunities for members such as paid internships.
Providing venues, accommodation, transport and materials for our programs.
An organisation that is aligned with one (or several) SDGs and is mutually beneficial to
achieving the collective aims and objectives of World Merit and that organisation.
What are the World Merit Partnership Principles?
We strive to ensure that these principles underpin all our work, both in funding and non-funding
relationships. While differences in context may require different approaches, we strive to ensure that all
of our work respects these Partnership Principles:
1. Shared vision and values
3. Independence and autonomy
4. Clarity on roles and responsibilities
5. Transparency and accountability
WHAT IS MEANT BY SHARED VISION AND VALUES?
Partnerships between World Merit and other organizations are built on a shared vision of improving our
world by providing young global citizens with radically inclusive opportunities to make a positive
difference. We exist to empower youth to build a better future beyond beliefs and borders.
Partners with which we work should share our values of radical inclusion since being radically inclusive is
how we enable talented young people, wherever they are in the world, to gain access to opportunity.
We believe that diversity resulting from being radically inclusive creates better better solutions. At a
minimum, our partners should align with our EPIC values that underpin all that we do: Empowerment,
Pioneering, Integrity, Collaboration.
WHAT IS MEANT BY MUTUALITY?
We believe the degree of a positive and successful relationship is measured by the mutual benefits that
are created. Mutuality is therefore our core principle for establishing, enjoying and maintaining a
sustainable partnership. We create mutuality of benefits for all our stakeholders and aim to commit to
that objective at every level of our organization.
We aim to make the most out of every partnership, for all parties. These gains can be found in many
different forms and need don’t have to be strictly financial in nature. It can be by providing a network,
giving back to the community or any other discussed outcome. Likewise, the actions of World Merit
should never be at the expense, economic, environmental or otherwise, of others with whom we work.
Partnering processes must create opportunities for partners and World Merit to articulate what is
important to them and what they believe they can contribute to the partnership, and to arrive at a
common understanding of mutual benefits and interests.
WHAT IS MEANT BY INDEPENDENCE AND AUTONOMY?
We are aware that in many partnerships, particularly in funding relationships, power imbalances exist
that may undermine the principle of independence and autonomy. World Merit will work to manage this
tension through our partnering processes and accountability systems.
We take responsibility for clearly communicating our positions to partners. We are open to being
challenged, and will create opportunities for dialogue and debate around goals, values, results and
impact. While there must be some commonality in vision and values in order for the partnership to be
viable, we accept that partners may not share all our views. The right of World Merit, and our partners,
to determine their directions and priorities should be respected.
WHAT IS MEANT BY CLARITY ON ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
World Merit understands that the credibility and trust required to sustain healthy partnerships comes
from good communication, competence and reliability.
Partner relationships, and with them the roles and responsibilities of each party, will evolve over time.
The understandings and agreements that define a particular partnership will need to be revisited at
regular intervals. This evolving reality will require flexibility and responsiveness on all sides as
circumstances and social contexts change.
World Merit will discuss our understanding of roles with partners, and clarify the ways in which we will
work together. We will support efforts to increase partners’ visibility across all areas of our work, and
will explicitly acknowledge the work they have done.
WHAT IS MEANT BY TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY?
World Merit and partners are accountable to different types of stakeholders, including supporters,
donors, and those who are engaged in and benefitting from our programs. As part of the process of
developing partnerships, we discuss how World Merit is accountable to partners, and how we and our
partners are accountable to the people with and for whom we work.
In funding relationships, World Merit and our partners are committed to high standards of financial
management, as we steward money for which we are jointly responsible.
We are committed to openness and transparency about how decisions are made regarding partnerships,
and will establish regular consultations and communications with partners. Particularly, we are
committed to consulting our community members as we engage with potential partners and to making
information about developing partnerships accessible to our community.
How do I form a partnership with World Merit?
If you are interested in learning more about partnership opportunities with World Merit, please
How do I get a link to my facebook post on a computer?
At the top of your post on Facebook, you'll see your name. Underneath that you'll see the date or time that the post was uploaded. Click this date/time and the post will open on a new page by it's self. At this point you can copy the link straight from your address bar.
The link will look something like this "https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=102110625478&set=a.1885630854.2047.1510083&type=3&theater"
How do I get a link to my facebook post on a mobile device?
Click the 'Share' button under the post and then select 'Copy Link'. You can now paste the link into another text field.
How do I get a link to my youtube video
Visit the youtube video through a web browser on any device and as long as the video is set to unlisted or public, you'll be able to copy the link straight from the address bar.
How do I get a link to my twitter post
Click on your tweet and the link in the address bar will change. Select the new link. It will appear like this "https://twitter.com/youraccount/status/9564808591152"
What does an example post for the Impact App look like?
The post explains the impact made and shows proof of the impact using images. It is correctly hastagged #WorldMeritImpact and is set to public.