South Africa (Johannesburg)
After time with McKinsey in China and the World Bank in India, Luke returned home to South Africa and in early 2015 founded Grassroot. Its vision is a nation self-organizing from the ground-up, and to date it has created and deployed a set of simple, purpose-built tools for mobile phones that help ordinary people organize their neighbours. It has built partnerships in over a dozen low-income communities, from large, established social movements, to a few dozen activists who used its tools to mobilize over a thousand people against corrupt local land and housing allocation. In the last year use of its tools has grown more than 10-fold, to reaching 15,000 users, with over 3,000 meetings, votes, and actions called, handling 30-40,000 messages a month.
Luke Jordan (Founder)