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The Big Hurdles for Transforming Our Greatest Challenges
If you’ve arrived at this page, it’s likely that you already embody the Bridge Institute’s values of caring and courage as well as the personal and positional power to have a substantial impact on some the world’s greatest challenges.
It’s also likely that as you’ve run into the following hurdles as you’ve initiated or supported efforts to address some the world’s largest humanitarian and environmental problems:
How do we deal with the complexities of the problem, with its roots often both deeply and broadly embedded across the spectrum of firmly held cultural norms, cycles of limiting belief systems and economic disparity?
How do we bring all the right people to the table who have a responsibility for and a stake in the problem and its resolution?
How do we then align those stakeholders around a common vision and a committed course of action to ensure sustainable impact?
The Bridge Institute Solution: SDG17
Over the last five years, the Bridge Institute has demonstrated that it’s revolutionary approach to addressing the world’s most challenging issues by taking the highest levels of government, business and civil society together through a powerful, disruptive and rigorous breakthrough process is accelerating the impact of the UN’s Strategic Development Goals (SDGs).
This uniquely powerful program, called SDG17, effectively works as an enabler to increasing the effectiveness of other SDG initiatives that are already focused on addressing the issues of poverty, abuse, radicalism, education, etc. The SDG17 program assembles and navigates the key stakeholders connected with any of these critical issues through a process that results in profound insights and opportunities for collective leadership resulting in leveraged action leading to sustainable and measurable impact.
SDG17 has also attracted the attention of the CEOs of some of the world’s largest corporations, who are recognizing its social, human and financial value. These forward-thinking CEOs not only feel a sense of responsibility for the quality of the lives their companies touch, but also a unique opportunity to align themselves with a new generation of consumers and employees who place increased importance on the purpose and ethics of the companies they work for or do business with.
By partnering with people of influence who both care deeply and have the courage to open their minds and hearts to a disruptive process that results in collective leadership focused on systemic change, we fulfil our mission of solving the world’s seemingly impossible problems by taking remarkable people through an truly transformative process.
Why Latin America Now?
Building off Bridge’s 30 years of experience with corporations and organizations and the Bridge Institute’s successful experience in Asia-Pacific over the past five years, the time is right to expand our scope and value and address the needs in North and Latin America.
Latin America in particular, with its range of human and environmental challenges, presents a unique opportunity for the SDG17 program. Both history and research confirm that the complexies of cultures, economies and politics in many regions across Latin America do not lend themselves well to conventional approaches to the challenges stated in the SDGs.
With SDG17 as an enabler, however, many of the current programs and initiatives can be transformed through a facilitated process that ensures a different quality of thinking across the what, why, who and how aspects of the challenge.
Caring, Courage and the Power to Transform
We’ve completed in Asia-Pacific that we feel are particularly applicable to the challenges and opportunities in Latin America include:
The Kashmir Fellowship
Working with youth leaders in Kashmir to create strategies and commitments to non-violence.
The Kalinga Fellowship
Bringing government, police, business and civil society leaders together to make a breakthrough in the reduction of sexual assaults on and violence towards girls in India.
The Sri Lanka Fellowship
Bringing youth leaders from across Sri Lanka to work with the government on how they can reconcile the nation after 30 years of civil war.
In each of these cases, leaders from the business, civil and government sectors came together and continue to support in addressing these challenges resulting in astonishing outcomes and an ongoing commitment to work together for positive change.
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What to expect from a partnership with the Bridge Institute?
Solving seemingly impossible problems requires looking at them in a new way. In challenging contexts, views can become entrenched and loyalties fixed. The skilled facilitators from Bridge help leaders break through conditioned thinking and open to new perspectives and insights. Through courageous conversations we help people within and across the system to shift from feelings of apathy, anger, criticism or violence to ones of empathy, compassion, conviction and collaboration.
Seemingly impossible problems are often approached in silos – with well-intended people trying to address a piece of the puzzle without coming together and seeing the bigger picture. Living true to our name, we build bridges connecting political, civil, business and youth leaders. At the invitation of governments, NGOs and businesses, we identify the right people to solve pressing problems and give them the leadership skills to tackle it together.
For years, corporates have understood the importance of asking outsiders to look at their business. These advisers are independent and impartial and challenge conventional thinking. We at Bridge we do the same for those on the front line of the world’s impossible problems.
As we bring our work to North and Latin America, we are building both our team and our network to ensure the success of the projects we support. Being a member of our team or network can take many forms, with our initial priorities being identifying key partners across the business, government and social sectors and securing funding for the projects we will be addressing.
We are also looking for volunteers to fill several key roles within our organization. Whether you are a CEO or a potential volunteer, the values we uphold, and we feel are critical within our culture and work are caring, courage and the commitment to make a real and lasting impact. If you’re willing to be part of our transformational journey and truly want to make a difference in the lives of people and on the planet, we live on, then (click here) and join us in solving the world’s seemingly impossible problems.