Connect

CONNECT

The Inclusive Economy Consortium (IEC) connects change agents, shares knowledge and experiences, and fosters collective action for inclusive and sustainable economic development. In other words, the IEC is a common ground to protect the commons.

We are forging connections to likeminded organizations around the world for a more inclusive economy. As the platform develops, we aim to include all members and partners with a genuine interest in supporting inclusive practices. At this time, membership to the IEC is by invitation or recommendation. To recommend an organization or individual, complete this form.

OPPORTUNITIES BY STAKEHOLDER GROUP

• Access to data

• Access to other academics working on issues related to an inclusive economy

• Access to potential community partners

• Potential for application (applying inventions, novel ideas, etc.)

• More senior/established scholars. Eager to apply their knowledge and for their work to be applied and make a difference.

• More junior. Opportunity to find relevant/meaningful research topics, data, collaborators.

• Knowledge repository to contribute primary research

  • Reputation enhancement especially vis-à-vis broader public (customers and shareholders for publicly traded)
  • “Enabler”: force for good and positive change in society, vis-à-vis external constituency (mostly customers and shareholders, linking with PR objectives) but also board, employees and prospective employees.
  • Potential to identify partners, business models and ideas that can be promising to corporations to create inclusive models/solutions.
  • Develop better understanding of Base of Pyramid (BOP) marketplace
  • Inform potential approaches for inclusive, economically viable business practices
  • Connect with relevant stakeholders to help implement.
  • Sense of purpose/sense of making a contribution to something bigger than themselves. Many corporate folks burn out in mid-career, just when they have the most to contribute. Which is why now quite a few corporations offer them special programs for take some time off and apply their skills to nonprofits/humanitarian causes. IEC can be an alternative.
  • Belonging/community of likeminded people. I often found that key potential collaborators, the “change-makers”, in corporations tend to be lonely wolves who think quite differently from many of their colleagues.
  • Potential partnerships & partnership awards
  • Visibility with relevant stakeholders (and funders) for high impact solutions
  • Access to potential operational partners in low-pressure set-up (they can observe and get to know others), including with low -risk partners such as academia and desired partners like corporates and government.
  • IEC ecosystem can help leverage scarce nonprofit resources by helping attract volunteers and facilitate potential partnerships.
  • Networking
  • Belonging/community of likeminded people.
  • Potential partnerships (including funding) and related professional rewards (including getting their projects or salaries funded as nonprofit positions are often co-terminous with third party funding.)
  • Organized ecosystem: ability to reach, communicate & get feedback
  • Accomplishment: ability to show tangible action
  • Networking
  • Potential professional rewards as collaboration with other stakeholders is increasingly highlighted and recognized in the public sector
  • Take part in the development of leading edge social impact and innovation theory
  • Draw connection between undergraduate studies and career in social impact
  • Gain real world experience working with professionals and organizations to solve social issues