Mother being interviewed as part of the Partnership for Child Nutrition in India.
In working with communities, leaders, institutions and partnerships we do not impose a particular set of fixed ideas about how best to solve problems. Our role is rather to help those we work with to generate, test and implement appropriate ideas that lead to sustainable and systemic change.
We believe that this kind of change can best occur when efforts are made to:
- Connect people to their core values and enable them to be open-minded, open-hearted and inspire trust
- Provide learning about “bridging leadership,” the capacity to help people come together across divides and work as partners (more about bridging leadership)
- Build partnerships that involve and respect the contributions of all key stakeholders (more about our partnerships)
- Focus attention on systems thinking, identifying root causes, system blockages, the inter-related factors that affect outcomes and the resources needed for continuous improvement.
Who We Serve
We help poor and marginalized communities to amplify their voices and play a meaningful role in defining priorities, engaging with other stakeholders, identifying innovative solutions and implementing systemic and sustainable change.
Example: Supporting economic development in First Nations communities and the empowerment of girls in urban slums in India.
We help connect leaders to their core values, work collaboratively across divides, enhance their strategy and problem solving skills and identify ways to innovate and implement systemic and sustainable change.
Example: Creating and delivering offerings to networks of philanthropists, civil society leaders, social entrepreneurs and leaders in the children’s sector.
We help businesses, government agencies, foundations and civil society organizations develop strong leadership teams, collaborate across sectors and design and implement systems-changing strategies to benefit those who are poor or marginalized.
Example: Improving the effectiveness of government agriculture, education and health ministries; connecting corporate leaders to community partners and helping shape foundation programs addressing urban development and nutrition.
We help build and support cross-sector partnerships: mapping and bridging key stakeholders; doing systems diagnostics; creating experiential learning opportunities and identifying and implementing systemic and sustainable change.
Examples: Addressing food security, under-nutrition, education reform and infant and maternal mortality.