Designing Impact-Driven Networks
The iac Berlin was founded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung to support the development of networks for social impact. As a Do & Think tank, we partner with foundations, academia, public institutions, and non-profit organizations; advise on alumni work; develop practical solutions for the design of impact-oriented networks; and initiate new forms of collaboration.
Over the course of many decades, philanthropic organizations have developed strong relationships with large numbers of individuals and organizations, providing resources, building capacity, facilitating connections, and offering a wide range of other types of support.
Yet few have found ways to further empower these people, their ideas, and their organizations beyond the direct, time-bound support of established programs. In order to do so, more collaborative, creative and continuous approaches are needed.
That is why the iac Berlin serves as a center of expertise for impact-oriented networks in philanthropy and related fields. We see our primary role as being initiators and guides. We work closely together with our partners to design the most fitting approaches. Together, we are taking on network-building at many different levels, including:
- developing personal skills and supporting network-builders;
- sharing experience-based solutions and knowledge;
- incubating and implementing prototypes of Impact Alliances and Alumni Networks;
- coaching and consulting non-profit organizations on their network-building;
- shaping an inspiring community of peers in the philanthropic field.
By using an orchestrated approach that harnesses the power, reach, and ideas of many, we can significantly amplify the impact for all.
We work on:
How can we apply collaborative approaches and integrate them into our repertoire of action?
Activity Report 2021
Today, we no longer ask ourselves whether collective approaches and collaboration in networks are important—we know they are. The challenge now is "how?" How do we successfully apply open and collaborative approaches and integrate them into our organizations' repertoire of action?
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