Networks & Communities
Addressing Grand Challenges Collectively
Grand challenges require grand solutions—collaborative efforts and holistic approaches that can address the complexity and interdependencies of the issues involved. The principles found in systems thinking, network practice and community building can provide a solid basis—on both a theoretical and practical level—for taking on these challenges.
Over the past decades, network thinking has become widespread, with several ground-breaking theoretical and empirical insights inspiring action across a range of different industries. Now the field of philanthropy is starting to apply network thinking to its own relationships—the strong connections that foundations have developed over time with individuals and organizations dedicated to making a positive impact.
An Environment of Constant Testing & Learning
The iac Berlin has a unique approach to building networks and communities. Based on the specific needs of the project at hand, we strategize, analyze, incubate, test, and improve: We think strategically about networks and communities, work on assumptions, test them in “minimum viable product” settings, and integrate the lessons learned into successfully running networks and projects.
We currently work with three different types of networks and communities and tailor our approaches and methodologies to meet the unique goals that each type pursues:
- Alumni Networks
- Impact Alliances
- Learning Communities
Here you will find an introduction to each type of network or community as well as two case studies that illustrate how the theories translate into the real world.