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Selected top ideas will:
Our BridgeBuilder Design Principles and Evaluation Critieria will guide our finalist selection process, and should serve as a North star as you build solutions.
Final Submissions Due:
June 4 @ 5pm PT
BridgeBuilder invests in the building and repairing of unique bridges between people, organizations, issues, and beliefs at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet. In doing so, BridgeBuilder aims to promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion, and sustainable, community-led change.
Our world, our countries, and our communities are facing great challenges: from conflict to inequality to natural disasters. These issues stretch beyond borders and across cultures, they demand our collective attention, collaboration and best thinking to overcome them.
Communities far and wide are tackling these challenges in ways that could benefit from further support and connection to one another. This innovation Challenge—conducted in collaboration with GHR Foundation—will support organizations working to address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways. How might we design and innovate together for the global good?
May 1, 2018
Jun 4, 2018
Jun 5, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
3. Beneficiary Feedback
Jun 22, 2018
Jul 13, 2018
4. Expert Feedback
Jul 14, 2018
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 28, 2018
Aug 15, 2018
6. Final Evaluation
Aug 16, 2018
Sep 30, 2018
7. Top Ideas
Oct 1, 2018
Oct 2, 2018
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 June 4, 2018 at 5pm PT.
Stay tuned for our webinar announcement calendar.
Starts on May 1, 2018. Ends on June 4, 2018.
For three weeks, the GHR and OpenIDEO Evaluation Team will review all published proposals. Proposals on the platform will lock during this review period, though we encourage you to leave and respond to comments, feedback or insights that may fuel idea development.
All submitted ideas will be reviewed.
Leave and respond to comments, feedback or insights on the platform.
Shortlisted proposals will be announced on June 21.
During our Beneficiary Feedback phase, we ask shortlisted contributors to get feedback from their communities, consider their end users, and apply these learnings to their proposal. We encourage the entire BridgeBuilder community, not just our shortlisted proposals, to follow along with us through the Refinement process.
All shortlisted teams will gather feedback from their communities and end users.
Follow along and use resources, as shortlisted ideas explore and learn more about their communities of focus.
Starts on June 22, 2018. Ends on July 13, 2018.
During the Expert Feedback Phase, shortlisted ideas will have the opportunity to be matched with experts from various fields to gather feedback and additional insights, which will help inform the evoluation of their proposal.
All shortlisted teams are matched with relevant experts, to support the development of their proposals.
Continue to stay in step, interacting with and leaving feedback for our shortlisted teams.
Starts on July 14, 2018. Ends on July 27, 2018.
During the Improve Phase, each shortlisted idea will have 2 weeks to apply feedback to their proposal.
We encourage shortlisted ideas to:
• Review feedback from experts and apply to your proposal
• Incorporate constructive feedback from community (on platform)
• Gather any additional beneficiary feedback and apply to your proposal
Shortlisted teams will have 3 weeks to 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.
Starts on July 28, 2018. Ends on August 15, 2018.
During our final evaluation period, shortlisted ideas will be reviewed by GHR Foundation, expert evaluators, and OpenIDEO Challenge team. This will be a period of deeper diligence and evaluation,
All ideas will be reviewed by the Challenge team and GHR Foundation.
Stay tuned for Top Ideas annoucement.
Starts on August 16, 2018. Ends on September 30, 2018.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our selected grantees on October 1, 2018.
Selected grantees will be announced and awarded.
Top Ideas announced on October 1, 2018.
Read The Full Brief
Global challenges are complex and interwoven, and cannot be solved in isolation. Whether working to advance peace, ensure prosperity, or protect our planet, there is a need to design and build approaches that incorporate multiple perspectives, keeping pace with the speed at which the global community is moving and evolving. Therefore, building and maintaining connections between people and issue areas is essential. Throughout the innovation Challenge, we refer to this as ‘bridging’ work.
A different kind of solution requires a new way of working, both within communities of focus and with each other. How might a design leverage and empower local assets, rather than perpetuate inequitable power dynamics? BridgeBuilders approach the complex and interwoven challenges at hand in a human-centered and community driven way, equipping end users to thrive and evolve sustainably.
BridgeBuilder Engagement Principles:
To guide your work, we have outlined these five Principles, which reflect BridgeBuilder’s vision for engagement and design approach. We hope you and your organizations will find opportunities to build these into your projects and Challenge participation:
We are looking for ideas that address the urgency of a problem while designing with the community to permanently change the situation. We are interested in solutions designed not for but with the communities of focus. Our BridgeBuilder Design Principles will guide our finalist selection process, and should serve as a North star as you build solutions.
BridgeBuilder Design Principles:
Submissions are welcome from registered nonprofit, civil society, community-based, and for-profit organizations working anywhere in the United States or around the world.
Our Submission Guidelines:
Find out more about our Evaluation Criteria and submission guidelines and requirements here.
Selected top ideas will:
If your organization is already doing bridging work, we’d love to learn more about how this Challenge might advance your project. If your organization is only focusing in a singular community or on one topic area, join our Challenge to explore new models, expand the scope of your work, and connect with others doing work that may complement your mission.
Still have questions about this Challenge? Here are a few examples of top ideas from the 2017 Challenge that we hope will inspire you to participate or join the community:
A solution bridging Peace, Prosperity and Planet:
A solution bridging Planet and Prosperity:
A solution bridging Prosperity and Peace:
During the Ideas Phase, we'll call on our global community to share ideas that bring people together to address urgent challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways. The ideas do not need to be perfect or fully polished—in fact, we encourage early entry in the Ideas phase so that Community engagement will allow you to iterate and improve your idea.
With help from our Challenge sponsor, we’ll select a shortlist of submitted ideas that will move into the Beneficiary Feedback Phase. During Beneficiary Feedback, we’ll ask contributors to test ideas in their communities and apply feedback to their proposal. Shortlisted participants will be expected to participate fully in gathering user feedback at the community level.
During the Expert Feedback Phase, shortlisted ideas will have the opportunity to be matched with experts from various fields to gather feedback and additional insights. After expert feedback, we’ll open the Improve Phase, during which each idea will have three weeks to apply the expert feedback to their proposal, finalize it and resubmit it along with a project budget.
After these phases, we’ll review the shortlist with our Challenge sponsor, evaluate the ideas using our criteria, and announce the Top Ideas—a set of solutions representing promising innovations that best reflect the spirit of BridgeBuilder. Top Ideas will receive seed funding and post-Challenge support from GHR, as well as ongoing connection opportunities with other BridgeBuilders and OpenIDEO.
The Challenge sponsor, GHR Foundation, is anchored by a belief in responsibility, action, and the knowledge that we are all connected regardless of race, religion, nationality, or economic status. 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 faith as a powerful resource for good—a unifier and lever for social change, and a driver for bridging between people, networks, issues, and resources. Inspired by its founders’ Catholic faith, GHR aims to leverage the BridgeBuilder Challenge to answer the universal call of Pope Francis to “build bridges” and contribute to making the world a better place for all humankind.
To make this Challenge accessible to our global community, we've translated the Challenge Brief and the Challenge Evaluation Criteria into multiple languages. Please check out the list of translated resources below for a version in your language. Please note that, unfortunately, we are only able to evaluate proposals in English at this point in time. If submitting in English is not possible for you or your team, please plan to submit earlier, and send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we cannot promise capacity to read and evaluate in other languages, we will try to do our best to provide the necessary support.
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