Participants in change lab for a partnership for child nutrition in India

Our Approach

Systemic change requires collaboration. Solutions to poverty are often built in silos – and therefore fail.

Synergos creates, promotes, and sustains collaborations among business, government, civil society, and marginalized communities.

We foster successful collaborations by building trust, designing and implementing change processes, and enhancing the effectiveness of bridging leaders and institutions.

Our approach uses four elements that increase individual and collective effectiveness to address complex problems:

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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.



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

These elements are interdependent and overlapping. Useful not just for the specific tools, they can provide a set of guiding ideas and principles, and a way to view the process of social change.

Our approach develops bridging leaders and helps create inclusive partnerships and institutions – contributing to changes in systems, improved system outcomes, and improved lives.