In collaboration with open innovation platform OpenIDEO, Minneapolis-based GHR Foundation has launched its third annual BridgeBuilder™, awarding $1 million to the best ideas that address urgent global issues in radically new ways.
This year’s challenge focus, People on the Move, will invite social innovators and individuals with experience of displacement to come together to address challenges faced by migrants, refugees, and displaced people as well as host communities. The challenge will be a collaborative process that aims to identify promising ideas that promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion and sustainable, community-led change.
Submissions are open from July 2nd-August 17th, with Top Ideas announced in mid-November following a refinement process using human-centered design. Top Ideas will each receive a share of $1 million in seed funding from GHR Foundation and will join a cohort of innovative organisations working to address urgent needs.
This year, BridgeBuilder launches in response to the more than 70.8 million men, women and children who are currently forcibly displaced worldwide. With more people on the move today than in the past 70 years, and with women and children disproportionately impacted, the 2019 Challenge invites social innovators and currently or previously displaced persons to design approaches that enable individuals to create a life of meaning, filled with hope and dignity, and to support host communities in being their most welcoming.
Entrants are requested to consider the following question:
How might we, as people on the move and neighbours, build bridges to a shared future of stability and promise?
In 2018, BridgeBuilder gathered 690 collaborative, principles-based, community-rooted, people-centered solutions, all building bridges in unique, innovative ways. These were narrowed down to five Top Ideas, which convened in Rome for a design-build workshop with GHR and OpenIDEO.
The 2018 Top Ideas include:
Amy Goldman, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of GHR Foundation, said, “The opportunity for meaningful engagement with people on the move is immense, and BridgeBuilder seeks to harness the hospitality and solidarity that lies within each of the 7 billion humans on our planet. GHR is proud to launch this third BridgeBuilder, which builds on each of our previous challenges that have sought new approaches to solve pressing global issues at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet.”
Jason Rissman, managing director of OpenIDEO, added, "We’ve been so inspired by the global response to BridgeBuilder the past two years. The creativity infused in the ideas has been outstanding, as has been the impact of these bold innovators on their respective communities. I look forward to welcoming the next generation of BridgeBuilders in the third challenge and continuing to grow this important movement."
To participate in this year’s Challenge, please visit: GHRfoundation.org/BridgeBuilder
Entries open July 2nd and close August 17th 2019.
Notes to Editors
During the Ideas Phase, BridgeBuilder calls on the global community to share approaches that bring people together to address urgent challenges faced by people on the move. The proposals do not need to be perfect or fully polished—in fact, early entry in the Ideas phase will allow teams to iterate and improve an idea through community engagement. Throughout this Phase, participants are encouraged to include voices of people with experience of displacement in their communities to design ideas and provide feedback.
Currently and previously displaced people will help select a shortlist of submitted ideas to move into the Expert Feedback Phase, where teams will have the opportunity to be matched with experts with lived experience and from various fields to gather feedback and additional insights. After expert feedback, the Improve Phase gives each team three weeks to apply the expert feedback to their proposal, finalize and resubmit it along with a project budget.
Top Ideas will be announced in mid-November and receive seed funding and post-Challenge support from GHR, as well as connection opportunities with other BridgeBuilders and OpenIDEO.
Selected top ideas will:
Ideas are invited from individuals and teams currently or previously experiencing displacement as well as registered nonprofit, civil society, community-based, and for-profit organizations working anywhere in the world.
GHR Foundation and OpenIDEO Launch Third BridgeBuilder™ to Identify Radical Ideas to Help Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People