SILA's origin story is simple.
It began as a series of conversations. As I sat around a table with friends or family, talking about my experiences, everyone urged me to start my own company. This was a daunting prospect - I've always seen myself as an organizer. I get things done. But I've never seen myself as a business owner. It felt like a whole new world.
However, everywhere I looked, there were gaps in the social change ecosystem. Organizations were working in silos; new ideas were not being heard. There were so many opportunities for people to come together to share ideas and resources and drastically increase their impact on the dire social challenges we face. But there was something missing. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Tipping Point, identifies three types of people. The first type is the Connector. Connectors are the social glue that holds the world together; they think in nodes, not individuals, and love helping people.
That's what SILA is all about. Bringing people together to drive social change and make a positive impact on the world. The word SILA comes from the Arabic word صلۃ which means connection. We work to connect changemakers from philanthropy, social movements, and entertainment to transform our world - and it's happening. Join our mailing list to learn more about our work!