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Reinventing Partnerships


London United Kingdom

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Is the binary world where business makes money and NGOs do good coming to an end? Are deeper partnerships between these strange bedfellows critical to both parties unlocking their potential?

GSK and Save the Children, Interface and the Zoological Society of London, O2 and UK Youth are partnerships that hint at a future of convergence. Where the private sector delivers more public good, and where charities and NGOs have greater reach. Where society benefits, and faith in capitalism is restored. Are we smoking the funny stuff?

For many, the defining feature of these partnerships is that they are strategic. They identify the strengths of each partner and the mutual benefit, and create foundations of trust and respect. The business benefits include higher levels of employee motivation, a lower cost of accessing new markets and product innovation.

On the 4th July we’ll hear from architects on both sides of the partnerships. Phil Thomson sits on the GSK executive team and is responsible for Community Partnerships. Tanya Steele is interim CEO of Save the Children, and has been intimately involved in the partnership with GSK. Interface’s Miriam Turner has pioneered partnerships with Zoological Society of London and Philippine fishermen. Gib Bulloch was formerly Exec Director of Accenture Development Partnerships and is a thought leader on X-sector convergence.

With Axel Threlfall at the helm, we’ll explore issues such as;

  • What benefits have the pioneer partnerships delivered for both sides?
  • How should a business choose the right charity partner?
  • What needs to happen to align motivation and build trust?
  • How can partnerships help to deliver the Global Goals?
  • What is the downside risk if these partnerships fail?
  • What are the non-financial contributions that make a difference?

We’re building a crowd of both sides of these partnerships. Applications are welcome from both business and non-for-profit sides.

Please note, the organisers won’t be able to cover any travel costs.

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