Defining Transformation

The word 'transformation' is thrown around a great deal these days. But what does holistic transformation actually look like?

Single-issue interventions may produce impressive results in their focus area, but seldom allow an entire community to experience lasting change unless their impact is leveraged alongside other interventions.

At Urban Mosaic, we measure "transformation" as the growing presence of ten signs of transformation that visibly affect the circumstances of individuals, communities, systems and local cultures. 

Read our paper,  The Goal of Transformation , to learn more about the ten signs of transformation.

Read our paper, The Goal of Transformation, to learn more about the ten signs of transformation.

  1. Faith Communities

  2. Mental Freedom

  3. Learning that Empowers

  4. Healthy Habitat for All

  5. Wealth CreatioN

  6. Whole Families

  7. Strong Civil Society

  8. Deepening Reconciliation

  9. Systems that Works

  10. Healthy Reproduction

Our five focus areas work together to address each of these signs. Through our experience, we recognize that communities only begin experiencing lasting change when several of these signs work in concert to help the community gain the critical momentum necessary to sustain change.

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Impact Highlights

We see the presence of our ten signs of transformation across our five focus areas.

stories of Transformation


After launching our work in Mexico City in 2006, we have now expanded to several municipalities in the Great Mexico City area as well as launched projects in on the Carribean Coast of Colombia as of 2018.