Updated May 08, 2018CLOSED

BridgeBuilder Challenge

Offered by OpenIDEO and GHR Foundation as part of BridgeBuilder Challenge

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.
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CLOSEDJun 01, 2018Deadline
Up to $500,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented in:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasPeace and Resilience (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Economic Growth and Trade

Submissions are welcome from registered nonprofit, civil society, community-based, and for-profit organizations working anywhere in the United States or around the world.

Bridge two or more topic areas: Ideas must address two or more of the topic areas (peace, prosperity, and planet).
Originality:Ideas should also strive to build and repair unique bridges between people, issues, and beliefs that promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion, and sustainable, community-led change.
Actionable and tangible:Ideas must be actionable and center on tangible results in the community of focus (rather than research, convenings, policy development, or advocacy).

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:PeaceDirect: Supporting small scale gold mining cooperatives made up of war affected people to produce more environmentally friendly & ethical gold.

A solution bridging Planet and Prosperity:BioCarbon Engineering: Saving lives and fighting climate change by rapidly regrowing the forests of vulnerable coastline communities in Myanmar with drones.

A solution bridging Prosperity and Peace:Local Youth Corner Cameroon: Innovatively promote efforts to prevent/counter violent extremism through developing creative skills/capacity of youth violent offenders.

Other Requirements

Potential for ScaleWe are looking for ideas that have the potential for lasting change by shifting power structures, altering narratives, and moving the world in a more equitable and just direction. In other words, ideas that sustainably empower communities, emphasize the positive, and lift people to reach their full potential.

Application Directions

Apply to the Ideas Phase through the OpenIDEO platform (link here)

Application And Awards Process

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 theImprove 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.


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