In early November in Rome, GHR hosted a workshop with OpenIDEO to enhance tangible and intangible skills that will accelerate their work and learning. For three days, our five Top Idea organizations worked alongside GHR, OpenIDEO and each other to find opportunities to learn, share and amplify their potential.
The workshop was designed to allow the cohort to learn about each other’s work and “build bridges” across projects; provide tools and knowledge that will help carry impact further; dig into the learning they hope to achieve through the projects; and foster a community of allies who will challenge and support each others' work. Drawing on the shared BridgeBuilder guiding principles which GHR developed with the help of the 2017 cohort, the group refined their ideas and forged meaningful new relationships based on values, ambition and collaboration. This year’s teams will learn alongside GHR – and each other – using principles-based evaluation over the duration of their 12-36 month projects.
Later, at a dinner with 40 funders, the Top Ideas cohort had the opportunity to pitch their ideas and engage in critical conversations around their areas of work. In the spirit of BridgeBuilder, attendees made new connections as they explored intersections in their collective work to address urgent challenges in communities around the world.
Each of our Top Idea organizations has devoted time, creativity and effort into building bridges and making the world a better place.
GHR looks forward to growing its partnership with the 2018 cohort and learning more about the power and impact of principles-based bridge building in meeting complex global challenges.