Opportunity Collaboration 2010 (OC 2010) was an amazing experience for Nadia and me. For those not familiar with Opportunity Collaboration, it brings together close to 300 non-profit leaders, social enterprises, and funders with the goal of spurring conversations and collaboration around poverty alleviation. It is an un-conference where the focus is placed on getting things done versus hearing keynote speakers and panel talks. I have been reflecting on that experience since my return. For me, often times the best way to make a sense of things is to write down my thoughts and this blog post is my attempt to do just that.
One of my favorite discussions at OC 2010 was actually the first session where we analyzed Martin Luther King, Jr.â€™s Letter from Birmingham Jail. It was a perfect way to start this un-conference. It set the stage for everyone to bring an open, respectful, and cooperative attitude to the rest of the event. The participants of Opportunity Collaboration brought with them rich stories from the field that really added to the depth of the discussions all weekend.
Opportunity to collaborate
As the name implies, the focus of the event was on collaborations and partnerships. Nadia and I had to wear two hats while we were at the conference â€“ seeking out partnership opportunities that we can fund through our web platform as well as meeting with potential funders to support and fund our operations.