THE GLOBAL PROSPERITY FOUNDATION COLLABORATORYNovember 27, 2012Welcome to Sixtown! The community is diverse – people speak many languages and pracCce all kinds of religious and other tradiCons. The economy is also diverse: the two largest industries are advanced manufacturing and agriculture, and niche sectors like music producCon, chocolate, and coﬀee are the darlings residents like to celebrate. The quality of life is very good, as reported by residents and visitors alike.But theres a downside: the regions overall prosperity masks the lack of opportunity for key groups of people whose numbers are growing: n Young people – 1 in 4 are unemployed n Mature residents, who either must work for ﬁnancial reasons or would like to work for personal ones, also face long odds – 1 in 3 are unemployed or underemployed n Immigrants (largely skilled, but with language barriers) and migrants (primarily from rural communiCes) confront even greater challenges – half are neither in work or school.TradiConal educaCon, job training, job search assistance, and entrepreneurship programs exist but are oversubscribed and yield poor outcomes with these groups. However a social enterprise called WorkMatters launched two years ago that has shown tremendous promise, especially with the young, the experienced, and those who’ve recently arrived in Sixtown. WorkMatters, a non-‐proﬁt organizaCon, was founded with a small foundaCon grant, and then launched a for-‐proﬁt venture that roasts and sells sustainable coﬀee to earn revenue to support its work – and employment for those most in need. WorkMatters has created many opportuniCes for those leX behind in the current labor market: it has organized groups of on-‐line learners, created new kind of internships and apprenCceships, paired skilled older residents with younger ones for learning and mentoring, helped people raise capital to start their own ﬁrms through share economy plaYorms, and more. The organizaCon has learned a great deal about what works (and what doesn’t) to help people build careers.Although its numbers are small – it has helped 100 people move out of poverty at a fracCon of the cost of tradiConal programs – many clients conCnue to advance, some spectacularly so.
In addiCon, WorkMa[ers clients are its most enthusiasCc champions – they have capitalized new programs on Kickstarter and made t-‐shirts on Zazzle. Work Matters is growing and trying new things now, but wants to share lessons in ways that help all community organizaCons be[er meet employment needs. Funders have proposed many ideas for sharing informaCon to government, philanthropic, and business leaders – partnerships, shared or co-‐branded iniCaCves, joint documentaCon of eﬀecCve pracCces, mutual mentoring, and many others. But Sixtown leaders have not reciprocated. They admire WorkMatters accomplishments – but from afar. n Agency programs are guided by precedent and protocols handed down over the years that are resistant to change. n Governments have limitaCons on how they might "partner" in ways that do not show favoriCsm. n Some longCme community leaders arent sure they want to be "advised" by an upstart enterprise with only two years of experience. n And business leaders liked WorkMatters when it was a bouCque operaCon, but now the enterprise is pressuring CEOs to change hiring and development pracCces, creaCng anxiety in corporate boardrooms all over the city.SCll, these leaders do want to improve prospects for educaCon, training, jobs, and careers for residents in their communiCes who are not gedng a fair shake. You are a community leader from outside the region, brought in by the Global Prosperity FoundaCon, to coach your peers through this problem. We invite you, working with colleagues, to advise Sixtown leaders on how they might lead diﬀerently to realize the best possible outcomes for the most people, ﬁrms, and organizaCons in Sixtown.The most promising approach, as determined by Sixtown leaders, will be awarded a generous grant (the Collaboratory Prize) to help scale a social innovaCon in your home community.Thank you for your parCcipaCon!RespecYully, Global Prosperity FoundaCon Trustees PA G E 2