About Us

What The Emerge Project Is All About

[in-gen-u-ity] The quality of being clever, original, and inventive. The ability to think creatively about a situation, or to solve problems in a clever way.

The Emerge Project celebrates and cultivates Black ingenuity around the world, starting in South Africa and Brazil. We bring to light real-life examples of people who are creating, inventing, building, solving, transforming, and pursuing dreams, particularly at the grassroots level, and we share their stories through short biographical films.

We demonstrate the ways in which these individuals, especially those from disadvantaged and marginalized communities, generate social and economic impact through their community leadership and entrepreneurial activities.

We are a storytelling project that uses film, journalistic articles, columns, podcasts, and photography to facilitate and build up a network of Black leaders who can spearhead the transformation of their community and society, and promote a culture of self-initiative and collaboration.

Explore our website for the following features:

Our biographical video series highlights the work of enterprising Black grassroots leaders, those who are using their creativity and vision to generate change and challenge the status quo.

Journalistic articles provide insight into the political, social, and economic contexts within which these leaders operate, with an emphasis on what’s working.

Our podcast series taps into the knowledge and experience of established local Black leaders, those whose journeys can help emerging leaders find their way.

The blog series offers a glimpse into the internal landscape and personal observations of Black leaders striving to lead with vision and integrity.


  • Stimulate and facilitate a network of partnerships, collaborations, idea generation and actions that strengthen Black communities and nurture Black-led initiatives
  • Inspire, motivate, and educate Black young people to become leaders and change agents in their communities
  • Encourage national and international communities to collaborate with these Black leaders

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