Olivia Chow
Institute for Change Leaders Founder & Former Member of Parliament in Canada

April 2019 in Ontario, Canada:

The Institute for Change Leaders invited us to lead How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact as part of one of their trainings. Olivia, the founder and head of the Institute, shared this afterwards:

"Adam provided excellent insight on how to build relationships for social impact. We know that building stronger organizations requires reaching out and having conversations with new people. He provides a useful, practical, and portable structure for how to have those conversations. Very engaging and really brings the academic insights to life!"

Anna Ebers
ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow (Based in Washington DC)

In March 2019 Anna took part in our hands-on matchmaking. She was looking to connect with social scientists studying behavioral barriers and opportunities for solar energy diffusion. Here's what she said afterwards: 

"Adam puts his heart and mind into building bridges -- in my case, between the public sector and academia. After a short phone call, he connected me with three highly-relevant social scientists studying how to expand the use of solar technologies. I already had a phone call and an in-person meeting with them and we're looking forward to talking again during upcoming conferences."

Sutton Eaves
Generation Squeeze (Based in Canada)

Recently Sutton reached out to connect with a researcher via our hands-on matchmaking. A short, high-impact conversation can go a long way: 

"As part of its work to engage Canadians around affordability issues like housing and childcare, Generation Squeeze undertook some audience research that explored, among other things, how describing the challenges people are facing might impact their willingness to take action. R4I matched us up with a researcher who offered some great ideas on how to structure member and Google surveys, and ways to compare the views of existing supporters with the general population. Even though the connection was just one phone call and a few emails, the value was huge. Thank you again for making the introduction."

Claudia Quintanilla
Director Capacity Development, Rare

February 2019 in Cebu, Philippines:

Rare invited us to lead our "How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact" workshop as part of their Global Fish Forever Summit. This summit included 50+ staff members from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Here's what Claudia (one of the summit's organizers) shared afterwards:

“Adam was a great addition to our Fish Forever Summit in the Philippines! In preparation for the event, he took the time to understand our program implementation staff, welcoming ideas on how to make his presentation relevant to the opportunities and challenges they face in establishing voluntary collaborative relationships.  He was engaging, informative and fun, built off participant’s experiences and provided ample space for practice and questions. We’re excited to apply our new skills in workshops, site visits, meetings, remote and in-person mentoring and many more interactions across our diverse stakeholder networks.”

Carina Barnett-Loro
Senior Program Manager, Climate Advocacy Lab

January 2019 in Washington DC:

The Climate Advocacy Lab, a 501c3 that helps climate and clean energy advocates run smarter public engagement camapigns, invited us to lead our "How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact" workshop as part of their Research + Experimentation seminar with 40+ academics and practitioners. Afterwards, Carina wrote:

"I appreciated that the workshop distilled a number of the social science insights we often talk about as critical to powerful volunteer programs into a single framework – one that can be applied to lots of different types of relationships, in the campaign world and beyond. After the workshop, I found myself identifying many of the ideas he identified and skills he demonstrated as I moved through the rest of my day, trying my best to “be helpful”!"