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:

  • Systems thinking - ability to look at complex problems from diverse, and often conflicting perspectives to understand how elements influence one another within a whole
  • Collaboration - recognizes the importance of collaborative process in social change and participation of the excluded stakeholders
  • Bridging leadership - creates and sustains collaboration of diverse stakeholders
  • Personal reflection - leads to increased awareness of self, others, and the system, as well as alignment of intentions and actions.

Elements of work applied at individual, community/inistitution, and partnerhip levels to improve lives
Learn more in The Synergos Approach to Social Problems.

Who We Serve

Leaders

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.

Communities

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.

Institutions

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.

Partnerships

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.