Our Approach

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.

The four key elements of our approach are:

Personal reflection increasing awareness of self, others, and the system, and aligning intentions and actions accordingly

Bridging leadership building trust and tapping the fullest contributions of diverse stakeholders

Systems thinking looking at complex problems from diverse, and often conflicting perspectives to understand how elements influence one another within a whole

Collaboration working together with others, including those most impacted by the system as it currently operates, to leverage collective knowledge, resources, and action

Who We Serve


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 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 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.