BridgeBuilder 2019 Challenge: People on the Move

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A line of dark-skinned people in headscarfs and colorful clothing to the left of a text box with the words "Join our BridgeBuilder Challenge: People on the Move. Launching July 2nd." and the logos for OpenIdeo and GHR Foundation

Bridging issues, building solutions.

BridgeBuilder™ invests in the building and repairing of unique bridges between people, organizations, issues, and beliefs to promote meaningful engagement, and sustainable, community-led change.

Over the past two years, the Challenge has sourced hundreds of radical new ways to address urgent global issues at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet. BridgeBuilder 2019 will elevate ideas that address urgent and emergent needs among people on move by considering:

How might we, as people on the move and neighbors, build bridges to a shared future of stability and promise?

More people are on the move today than in the past 70 years, and women and children are disproportionately impacted. Diverse stakeholders need to respond in deeply impactful ways, rather than employing methods of the past. Programs must go beyond providing a safety net for basic needs, to ideas that create a shared future of meaning, filled with hope and dignity.
BridgeBuilder is prioritizing the voices, perspectives and ideas of refugees, migrants and people experiencing displacement. Diverse stakeholders who have lived experience, or have dedicated their careers to the topic of migration have provided feedback on program design. Throughout the challenge, Bridgebuilder is committed to proactively seeking and removing barriers for the participation of people on the move through regional outreach leaders, localized community managers and language translation.

Selected Top Ideas will:

  • Receive a share of $1 million in seed funding from GHR Foundation
  • Join a BridgeBuilder cohort of innovative organizations working to address urgent needs
  • Take part in a kick-off workshop, during which they will meet other social innovators and further design and build their approaches with tools and expertise from GHR Foundation and OpenIDEO
  • Receive partnership support from GHR Foundation, potential connection to other funder networks, and media exposure

Curious about what a Top Idea looks like? Check out the 2017 and 2018 Top Ideas!