TRCC Co-Labs have incubated R&D seeds that have grown wild into successful full-blown projects. Here are two case studies.
The Map Your Future Program, led by Bay Localize, adapts the Asset Based Community Development model to the global resilience movement. The goal is to create a tool that allows communities to map a positive future for themselves. The colab seeded initial research for developing the program, including reviewing literature and similar models, drawing on the experience of colab members to shape the program, identifying appropriate mapping technology, and developing methods for training youth to map resilience assets in their community. Map Your Future has since received further funding and has been featured at Bioneers.
Bay Localize executive director Kirsten Schwind writes: “The TRCC’s colab seed funding made all the difference in launching the Map Your Future project. It allowed Bay Localize to conduct necessary background research and to bring together partner organizations to think through how to best structure a program to make it a success. It’s healthy to admit that no one organization has all the best ideas, and together we can create something stronger. The quality of this initial thinking allowed us to write better proposals to raise project implementation funds. We were recently able to leverage the TRCC’s initial investment into a $75K grant that received the unanimous support of its review panel.”
The Weaving the Community Movement Report began as a “movement weaving” co-lab led by the TRCC stewards Ben Roberts, Leslie Meehan, and Jeff Vander Clute. The colab prototyped a combination of team-led appreciative interviews, Heartspace and dialogue designed to probe and co-sense what is emerging across the movement and within a number of key organizations that serve it. Many insights were gleaned, including the idea of “working for the movement” (versus one’s own organization) and the need/opportunity for transforming our funding models.
Based on the co-lab prototype, PostCarbon Institute become interested in the ways in which “weaving the movement” can synergize with in-person gatherings and energize trans-local networks. PostCarbon was funded by Threshold to conduct a “Weaving the Movement” project partnering with the New Economy Coalition and Ben Roberts. The team adapted and expanded the co-lab process into the new economy space, interviewing seventeen additional community resilience and new economy leaders and producing a report based on those findings. The report is being promoted by multiple respected movement leaders, including being named one of the top wellbeing resources of 2014 by the Network of Wellbeing. The report has been called “superb” and is being promoted by multiple respected movement leaders.