Learning Lab: Impact Alliances

Invitation to our Learning Lab on “Impact Alliances” from 7-10 November 2021 in Vienna

Together as peers and accompanied by impulses from experts we will seek to explore diverse perspectives and generate fresh insights around the unique role of foundations as initiators and builders of Impact Alliances. Online registration will be open from now until 6 October.

Impact Alliances

By working together strategically—creating shared visions, aligning activities, pooling resources, etc.— foundations, social initiatives and public institutions streamline their work while significantly increasing their potential impact.

We see Impact Alliances as an opportunity to take a step beyond bilateral partnerships, bringing together cross-sectoral actors behind a shared goal.

We look at what constellation of different players—obvious and unexpected—are necessary to create impact collectively, and the structures and processes that are needed to support and coordinate such alliances in the long run.

Key questions that will guide our discussions include:

  • What is the added value of an Impact Alliance compared with traditional initiatives?
  • How do we prepare internally, within our organization, for an Impact Alliance?
  • How do we initiate and align cross-sector partners for an Impact Alliance?
  • What structures are needed to bring about legitimate and effective outcomes?
  • How can we secure learning and monitor our impact?

Timeline and Logistics

All participants are invited to join a kick-off call on Thursday, 28 October at 16:00, so we can get to know each other and go through the final design of the lab together.

The Learning Lab will start with a community dinner on Sunday, 7 November at 19:30, and end after lunch on Wednesday, 10 November. The main venue of the lab will be the Impact Hub Vienna and accommodations for three nights will be provided at a nearby hotel. In case an in-person meeting will not be possible due to changes of Corona regulations, we will adapt the lab to a virtual format.

A contribution of 1,000 EUR per person will cover the costs of participation, accommodation, and all meals during the Learning Lab. If you organize your accommodation in Vienna on your own the participation fee will be reduced to 750 EUR. We kindly ask you to cover your own travel costs to Vienna.

We are continually inspired and motivated by the richness of our members’ perspectives and their genuine desire to learn together as a community. We hope this Learning Lab will provide us with new ways to share our experiences and ideas with each other and deepen our insights. We very much look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

>>> Please let us know if you can attend by registering online by 6 October <<<

For any questions, please contact:

Andreas Obser