A warming planet, extremism, disregard for human rights, poverty, inequity, unethical business, pandemics. And that’s just the beginning.

It’s easy to treat our societal and environmental challenges as separate, with distinct goals and discrete strategies.

But our challenges are networked; each compounds an adjacent one, and is affected by another.  To solve networked challenges, we need to operate as networks. We need communication and cross-pollination that transcend the silos of borders, disciplines, institutions and generations.

And we need this yesterday.


Protagonist is a collaboration space for individuals and organizations working in the purpose economy: climate change, the UN SDGs, social impact, human rights, deep tech, ESG, the arts and sciences.

It’s where allies who share a common purpose go to connect, learn, organize and act. We have work to do.


We’ll let you know when we are live. If you convene a purpose-driven network, learn how Protagonist can help.


Protagonist is hiring. We are building a fully remote, asynchronous team on six of seven continents. Please see our open positions to learn more.

Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa