A Solution: Hack the SDGs... with Sandpits.
The Sandpit is an immersive, intensive and interactive workshop that brings together people from different disciplines and domains around a complex question. Each event produces 5-7 actionable, investible, investment ideas that offer new perspectives and solutions to addressing the development goals.
Sandpits are a super-efficient and inventive way to deliver new and actionable ideas by:
- convening people with very different perspectives and experiences for the first time
- facilitating a creative problem solving process that dives deep into a specific problem
- binding new teams together for the first time to pitch fresh ideas
- providing seed funding to one or more of these ideas on the spot
Because the Sandpit collects a diverse group of engaged people who wouldn't normally interact with each other, it produces unique interdisciplinary projects that would never otherwise have occurred.
The Hack-the-SDG Sandpits would be distributed geographically across the globe, depending on the interest of and energy of the key partners.
Here’s what our Hack-the-SDG Sandpits will produce:
· 5-7 actionable investment ideas that offer truly new perspectives and innovative solutions to address one (or a combination) of the development goals.
· A network of engaged professionals and stakeholders from different disciplines and domains who would never otherwise have interacted.
· Unique interdisciplinary projects that will spur additional future exchanges and collaborations beyond the Sandpit event.
For investors: generate pipeline projects
For social entrepreneurs: improve ideas with diverse perspectives and experiences
For development institutions: deploy funding more efficiently and with more impact
For corporates: provide new inputs and alliances for corporate venturing for social impact
For governments: improve chances of meeting the SDGs via innovative cross-sector solutions
For non-profits: enhance and scale effectiveness through new strategic partnerships
Read this article about Sandpit we ran in Mexico, or watch this video:
Who's doing this?
Our facilitation team has more than a dozen years of practice at bringing together really smart people from different disciplines and guiding them through a process that always produces actionable solutions.
Maggie Dugan, Lead Facilitator, Inclusive Innovation
Maggie is a facilitator, trainer and workshop architect; her specialty is designing and facilitating events that provoke innovation: creativity workshops, leadership development programs, and helping scientists develop more innovative research proposals. She’s part of the facilitation team at Knowinnovation (KI), and head of its newest initiative, Inclusive Innovation, which uses the same methodology to activate innovation within the field of economic development.
Before she started facilitating innovative meetings, Maggie worked in the broadcast media as a journalist, news director, marketing director and as president of a radio syndication company. Before joining Knowinnovation in 2006, she managed her own practice facilitating creative problem solving meetings, strategy sessions, and branding and new product development workshops. Though American, she has lived outside of the United States since 1992, in Europe and in Asia, and currently resides in Barcelona, Spain.
Maggie, a Brown University graduate, is a member of the community of creativity and innovation practitioners that grew out of the Creative Education Foundation (CEF); and is a recipient of the CEF’s Distinguished Leader Award. She has been a leader/presenter at creativity conferences worldwide, including the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) in the United States, the European Creativity Association conference (CREA) in Italy, European Association for Creativity and Innovation (EACI), the South African Creativity Conference (ACRE) and Mindcamp in Toronto, Canada.
Brigit Helms, Advisor to Inclusive Innovation
Brigit brings nearly 30 years of experience, finding innovative business solutions to development problems in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is currently Vice-President of Technical Services at DAI. Before that, she was the General Manager for the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), an innovation lab within the Inter-American Development Bank mobilizing the private sector to solve complex social and environmental problems.
Prior to joining the MIF, Brigit directed SPEED, a USAID-funded program seeking to improve the business environment in Mozambique. Before joining the SPEED team, Brigit was Senior Expert for Financial Inclusion at McKinsey and Company where she worked with banks and telecommunications companies to build new business models to reach low income clients. Before that, she was CEO of Unitus, Inc., a global non-profit dedicated to financial services in East Africa and India. She spent four years in Asia with the International Finance Corporation where she led the organization’s Advisory Services work in Indonesia, on issues ranging from agriculture development, sustainable forestry, infrastructure, business environment and financial services.
Brigit was a founding leadership team member of CGAP, a global center of excellence for financial services. Brigit has a PhD in Agriculture and Development Economics from Stanford University and a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Brigit is an American citizen, and speaks Spanish and some Portuguese, French, Italian, and Bahasa Indonesian.