Our Community Engagement programs are rooted in our core belief that we are all interconnected. That each of us has a collective responsibility to our fellow beings, to this shared planet we call home. Our programs seek to engage people both in the United States, where we are based, and internationally, in the pursuit of a better world.

Engagement can mean anything from signing an online petition to dedicating your life to the development cause. Our programs represent both extremes of engagement. Find your way to engage.

Fellowship Program

The Community Lab Fellowship program is an experiential education program that seeks to inspire and empower the next generation of socially-committed leaders to attack the urgent challenges of our times.

Our Fellows gain practical experience working on live international development programs. They are also schooled in Leadership Skills Development and Professional Management and Training.

Community Lab Fellows are typically graduate students who seek careers as changemakers. They are passionate and driven, compassionate and just plain fun.

Sign up for our Fellows program today! Send a cover letter and résumé to

Bring Your Own Cause (B.Y.O.C.)

Every month we host a B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cause). B.Y.O.C. is an event that showcases organizations that are doing their part to better the world.

It is also a networking space for students, young professionals and seasoned development practitioners. A space for anyone interested in international development and creating social change to meet, share ideas and build collaborations.

Every month at a designated bar, 3-4 ‘Featured Causes’ pitch their work to the aforementioned audience. A live text vote determines the winning organization, which makes off with the donations raised during the night.

There are many reasons to come to a B.Y.O.C.:

  • To connect with organizations doing innovative, exciting work
  • To meet like-minded individuals and organizations
  • To engage with the issues that require visibility in our increasingly interconnected, interdependent world

Come check it out!

Past Co-hosts:

One World Rising Concert

Watch the official One World Rising video here!


On the 25th of September, close on the heels of the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review Summit at the United Nations, we held a concert. To celebrate the progress made by the MDGs and rally support for the fight ahead.

The concert was hosted by Andrew W.K., and featured an eclectic selection of progressive artists who donated their time and energy to the cause.

Featured artists:
Dave Nada – Moombahton pioneer
Janka Nabay – Sierra Leonian ‘King of Bubu Music’
Members of La Troupe Makandal – Haitian Drum Group
Cousin Cole
Phi Unit

One World Rising featured on Fuse

One World Rising photo slideshow