The Bold Idea
The Bold Idea is a new endeavor that seeks to bring together practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders from both within and beyond the AlumniCorps network for dialogue and action over a three-year period. Inspired partly by previous issue-based projects undertaken in its early years, like the Tuberculosis Initiative (1997-2002), the Bold Idea enables AlumniCorps to mobilize the resources, strengths, and experiences of the hundreds of partner organizations within its network. In doing so, the Bold Idea offers an opportunity both to make a defined, palpable impact on an issue of public interest and to advance the development of AlumniCorps’ network by cultivating established relationships and inaugurating new ones.
The current iteration of the Bold Idea is a two-year pilot focusing on immigration issues. AlumniCorps, in partnership with Appleseed, a network of 17 public interest centers in the United States and Mexico, received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to promote network-based collaboration focused on the issues facing immigrants and refugees. Using the combined expertise and networks of both organizations, the Bold Idea aims to narrow down and define key issues, map thought leaders and resources, convene experts and stakeholders to set a common collaborative agenda, and support the advancement of efforts designed in response to the agenda.
To learn more about the Bold Idea, please contact the AlumniCorps Bold Idea Fellow, Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar (firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-921-8808 ext. 225).