BridgeBuilder invests in the building and repairing of unique bridges between people, organizations, issues, and beliefs to promote meaningful engagement, and sustainable, community-led change.
We believe that 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 Challenges, we refer to this as ‘bridging’ work."
The 2018 Challenge supported organizations working to address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways. The program encouraged participants to design, collaborate and innovate for the global good. There were five Top Ideas selected.
This is My Backyard, Kenya
Equipping the Sengwer community and the government of Kenya with a secure digital reporting system to enhance the documentation of forced evictions, compensation payments, consultation meetings and other issues related to the proper management and sustainability of the Embobut Forest.
Found in Translation, Boston, USA
Empowering bilingual women in Boston to achieve economic security by using their language skills to lift themselves and their families from poverty while fighting disparities in the quality of healthcare received by multi-cultural communities and patients.
Producers Direct, East Africa
This project, YouthDirect, aims to promote a transition among rural youth from viewing farming as an unprofitable way of life to considering it a profitable enterprise full of potential.
War Child Canada, South Sudan
Promoting peace and collaboration among small groups of multi-ethnic youth in Malakal, South Sudan through income generation, savings and market participation.
My Choices Foundation, India
Prevent and intervening on behalf of women facing domestic violence and gender-based abuse in Golconda, India by training and equipping local women to be PeaceMakers.
The 2017 Challenge supported organizations who—whether working to advance peace, increase prosperity, or preserve our planet—recognized the need for dialogue, and collaboration across issue areas. There were five Top Ideas selected.
Peace Direct, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Supporting small-scale gold mining cooperatives made up of war-affected people to produce more environmentally friendly and ethical gold.
BioCarbon Engineering, Myanmar
Saving lives and fighting climate change by rapidly regrowing the forests of vulnerable coastline communities in Myanmar using drones.
LIFT Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA
Empowering families to break the cycle of poverty so that all children can have equal opportunity to thrive.
Local Youth Corner, Cameroon
Promoting efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism by developing the creative skills and capacities of youth violent offenders.
Connecting displaced persons and refugees with Arabic language learners around the world for online language practice.