Our Vision: A world in which people with diverse forms of knowledge seamlessly learn from each other, particularly those working to understand and solve complex social problems.

Our Mission: Creating new connections, for both collaborative conversations as well as formal collaborations, are at the core of everything we do to realize that vision:

  • Matchmaking: We apply an evidence-based approach for directly connecting social scientists and practitioners, and social scientists and local policymakers.
  • Short Articles: We write up and share what we're learning about how to create new connections.
  • Workshops: We lead interactive workshops that provide participants with the tools they need to confidently initiate new relationships themselves.
  • Newsletters: We inform our community of 1400+ researchers, practitioners, and policymakers about new opportunities to bridge social science and practice.

Our work is rooted in the behavioral science of relationship-building: As described in our short articles, what distinguishes our work is that it's rooted in the behavioral science of relationship-building. That means that we have developed a new, evidence-based model for building new connections between people with diverse forms of knowledge. Our model maximizes the likelihood that new ideas are surfaced and that people feel comfortable sharing what they know. These evidence-based procedures are also at the heart of what we teach others as part of the "How to be Helpful" workshops.

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