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Our Challenge has now closed! After a period of diligence reviewing all 40 shortlisted concepts, 5 Top Ideas have been selected. Learn more about them here!
BridgeBuilder invests in building and repairing unique bridges between people, organizations, issues, and beliefs to promote meaningful engagement and sustainable, community-led change. Over the past two years, the Challenge has sourced hundreds of radical new approaches to solve pressing global issues at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet. In our 2019 Challenge, BridgeBuilder now seeks ideas that address the urgent and emergent needs of a global population directly impacted by a lack of peace, prosperity, and sound environmental conditions—people on the move.
Jul 2, 2019
Aug 17, 2019
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Sep 9, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
4. Final Evaluation
Oct 15, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
5. Top Ideas
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 31, 2019
The Ideation phase is more than just a call for proposals. At OpenIDEO, we believe that new and existing ideas become better through collaboration, transparent feedback, and iteration. Participants are encouraged to build off of others' concepts, collaboratively share insights, and combine ideas to reach innovative new places.
Share your ideas to answer the Challenge question for a chance at a share of $1M, due by August 17, 2019 at 5pm PST.
Stay tuned for our webinar announcement calendar.
Starts on July 2nd. Ends on August 17, 2019.
For three weeks, the GHR and OpenIDEO Evaluation Team reviewed all published proposals. Proposals on the platform were locked during this review period, though we encouraged the community to leave and respond to comments, feedback or insights that fueled idea development.
All submitted ideas were reviewed by the GHR Foundation and IDEO teams, alongside individuals with lived experience.
The community could leave and respond to comments, feedback or insights on the platform.
Our 40 shortlisted proposals were announced on September 9.
During the Improve Phase, each shortlisted idea has been paired with experts and mentors with lived experience, and have the chance to use this feedback to evolve their proposal before October 14.
We encourage shortlisted ideas to:
Shortlisted teams will have 5 weeks to connect with mentors and experts, then apply feedback and learnings to their final proposals.
Support and learn from shortlisted teams as they finalize updates and learnings in their proposals on the platform.
Started on September 9. Ends on October 14, 2018.
During our final evaluation period, shortlisted ideas are currently being reviewed by GHR Foundation, expert evaluators, individuals with lived experience and the OpenIDEO Challenge team. This will be a period of deeper diligence and evaluation, after which Top Ideas will be announced in mid November.
All ideas are currently being reviewed by the Challenge team, GHR Foundation and additional evaluators representing individuals with lived experience.
Stay tuned for Top Ideas announcement in mid-November.
Starts on October 15, 2019. Ends on November 14, 2019.
Our 2019 Top Ideas have been selected! These five concepts reflect the collective momentum of this community - 450 submissions from 30,000 participants in 165 countries. The ideas were chosen for their promise to promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion, and sustainable, community-led change. Learn more about them here.
Selected grantees have been announced and awarded.
Top Ideas were announced on December 10th. In early 2020 they will begin their partnership with GHR Foundation and come together for a Top Idea Cohort Kick Off.
Read The Full Brief
Today, more than 70.8 million men, women and children are forcibly displaced worldwide. This new reality is global and growing. The opportunity for meaningful engagement is immense, and BridgeBuilder seeks to harness the hospitality and solidarity that lies within each of the seven billion humans on the planet.
Creating and adjusting to a new life is difficult, yet the journey is filled with possibility for a future. Those who have left home—too often labeled a refugee, migrant, or simply displaced—bring with them the gifts of their lives, resilience and imagination to new neighbors. We are these neighbors: the cities, faith communities, families, and new friends that have potential to accompany people experiencing displacement along their journey, from places of first refuge to newly adopted homes.
Whatever our differences, we are more connected than ever before. Our world is interdependent and we are experiencing this moment together. Solidarity must exist on a global scale, and BridgeBuilder calls upon all of us to see the promise of our neighbors anew—whether we are passing through, recently arrived in, or are an established member of a receiving community.
With more people on the move today than in the past 70 years, and with women and children disproportionately impacted, diverse stakeholders must go beyond providing just a safety net for basic needs. There is immense opportunity 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.
How might we, as people on the move and neighbors, build bridges to a shared future of stability and promise?
Opportunity Areas are specific calls to action that guide the BridgeBuilder community. They serve as provocations that are intentionally aligned with our Challenge topic and are ripe for innovation.
A different kind of solution requires a new way of working, both within communities of focus and with each other. BridgeBuilder Principles should guide ideas to be designed not for but with communities of focus, just as they will guide the selection process.
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. If you are an individual or team without a registered organization, you are encouraged to post your idea early so the community management team can work to identify potential partners within the BridgeBuilder community.
Learn more about our evaluation criteria for submission here.
BridgeBuilder is prioritizing the voices, perspectives and ideas of people on the move. Diverse stakeholders who have lived experience, or have dedicated their careers to the topic of migration have provided feedback on program design. Throughout the Challenge, BridgeBuilder is committed to proactively seeking and removing barriers for the participation of people on the move through regional outreach leaders and localized community managers. When it’s time to select finalists and winners, currently or previously displaced individuals will play a key role as experts in analysis and review. When teams are matched with experts in the Refinement Phase, people on the move will advise and share feedback with shortlisted ideas.
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 you to iterate and improve your 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 early November and receive seed funding and post-Challenge support from GHR, as well as connection opportunities with other BridgeBuilders and OpenIDEO.
Throughout this Challenge, BridgeBuilder is prioritizing the voices, perspectives and ideas of people on the move. Diverse stakeholders who have lived experience, or have dedicated their careers to the topic of migration have provided feedback on program design. BridgeBuilder is committed to proactively seeking the participation of people on the move and removing barriers through regional outreach leaders and localized community managers. When it’s time to select a shortlist and Top Ideas, individuals who have experienced displacement will play a key role as experts in analysis and review.
The BridgeBuilder sponsor, GHR Foundation, accelerates bold and better approaches that create conditions for the most vulnerable people to thrive. For 50-plus years, GHR has been pioneering design-build philanthropy as it collaborates with community experts to design and build opportunities and favorable environments for change to take hold. The Foundation sees BridgeBuilder as a powerful movement for good—a unifier and lever for social change, and a driver for bridging between people, networks, issues, and resources.
To make BridgeBuilder inclusive and accessible to the global community, the Challenge brief, evaluation criteria and worksheets have been translated into multiple languages below. Proposals submitted in languages other than English will be machine translated (i.e. Google Translate) during the Ideas Phase with human translation available in later Challenge phases.
Note: all translated resources will be available for download within the first week of the Challenge, by July 9th, 2019.
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