Synergos, another global non-profit utilizing connections to create positive change, recently published new research in the Stanford Social Innovation Review outlining key elements to successful bridge-building between important stakeholders. The research was conducted in five countries by L. David Brown, a former research fellow at Harvard University, who stated:
Bridge-building initiatives are hard to launch, challenging to maintain, and difficult to expand and institutionalize. But by mobilizing the resources and energies of diverse stakeholders, they create the potential to solve intractable social problems. A world marked by globalization, expanding expectations, proliferating diversity, and ever more limited resources creates increasing demand for solutions that involve diverse interests. Bridge-building that enables social transformation can be critical to meeting that demand.
- Compelling, locally generated goals: Integrate international and national perspectives into goals that are compelling to the local actors who must implement them
- Cross-boundary leadership systems: Build initial coalitions and networks of leadership that extend across diverse stakeholder groups
- Generative theories of change: Develop diagnoses and theories of change that guide action, enable assessment, and support ongoing learning
- Systems that enable and protect innovation: Create vehicles to support innovations and to protect them from premature attacks
- Investment in institutionalizing change: Mobilize resources for the expansion of change efforts, and build long-term legitimacy for new boundaries and practices
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