Our Story: 

The Resolution Project was founded by a group of young professionals who had attended youth leadership summits as university students and had been frustrated with being the “leaders of tomorrow.” Resolution’s founders believe that university students have the energy, idealism and will to solve some of the world’s most persistent and challenging problems, and should be leading today.

Resolution was founded in 2007 to develop and empower young leaders so they can pursue socially responsible solutions to issues affecting communities around the world. We designed our Social Venture Challenge (“SVC”) to be an inspiring call to action for university students with an idea for a social venture and we created the Resolution Fellowship to be an ecosystem of support to help them implement their idea and develop as socially responsible leaders.

Resolution initially partnered with Harvard World Model United Nations (“WorldMUN”), an annual youth summit, which brings together more than 2,000 young leaders from around the world.

We hosted a simulated SVC at WorldMUN’s 2008 conference in Mexico to test the concept. The response from conference attendees was overwhelming and more than 50 teams participated, so we returned to WorldMUN’s 2009 conference in The Hague ready to award the first Resolution Fellowships. Resolution has since hosted SVCs at every WorldMUN conference since, including our 50th SVC in Panama in 2018. 

In 2012, we began partnering with other youth conferences and universities around the world to bring our SVC and Fellowship to more young leaders and broaden our impact. Today, there are nearly 500 Resolution Fellows on six continents working on ventures addressing issues ranging from basic needs, food, development, education, energy and the environment, health and wellness, equality and empowerment, and humanitarian relief.

We stand for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Learning (IDEAL)

The Resolution Project is committed to creating and advancing an inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, and positive learning environment for our community. We continuously practice and weave these principles within Resolution’s culture in order to best support our Fellows. We value these principles as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.

We serve a global community, and we recognize the unique contributions of each country and culture. We welcome open inquiry and inclusion of all voices in these conversations and processes.

At The Resolution Project, we are committed to the following for our entire community, which includes but is not limited to our Fellows, volunteers, staff, partners, and supporters:

  •       Striving to identify and provide programs that are accessible, equitable and reflect the diverse voices of our global community.
  •       Seeking out facilities and partners that value accessibility, equity, and diversity.
  •       Working to ensure that all of our policies and associated practices are equitable and inclusive.
  •       Continuously assessing recruiting, selecting, hiring, and advancement practices to retain and develop talented staff, volunteers, Fellows, and organizational leadership from diverse backgrounds.
  •       Fostering and maintaining space of open dialogue and respect as we work to continuously educate ourselves and learn with our community about the principles of IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Learning). We do this in order to build an inclusive organizational culture.

This is part of a continuous effort to strengthen the foundations of The Resolution Project and develop our understanding so that all members of this community (now and in the future) can participate fully in realizing the organization’s mission.