During the 100 Great Ideas campaign, you suggested many ways that we could build a more sustainable and resilient community.
Now, we can’t wait to help leaders bring the top ideas to life through
the 100 Great Ideas Incubator.
The 100 Great Ideas Incubator is supporting leaders in the development of ideation/early stage projects that were inspired by ideas presented during the 100 Great Ideas campaign on climate resilience and sustainability.
The 100 Great Ideas Incubator provides a 12-week program for climate leaders in Miami to help them effectively plan a projects that stems from an idea suggested during the 100 Great Ideas campaign on climate resilience and sustainability. Now that the ideas are out there, it’s time to bring a few to life!
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Climate resilience and sustainability is one of the most important issues facing the future of Miami, and it is critical that both our leaders and community members step up to identify and implement solutions.
To begin to address the need for climate solutions, we, with the support of 16 locals organizations with expertise in climate change, hosted an online community brainstorm in November 2018 called 100 Great Ideas that sought to elevate solutions to building a more climate resilient and sustainable community. Over 3,000 community members contributed to the online discussion and altogether suggested hundreds of ideas to mitigate or adapt to our changing climate.
Our climate is rapidly changing, and it is critical that our region build resilience in order to absorb and bounce back (and forward!) from the impacts a changing climate will bring - among them rising seas, extreme heat, and stronger and more frequent extreme weather events. If we do not take action now to build infrastructures and systems to help boost our resilience, all of us - and especially our most vulnerable populations - are more likely to struggle as climate change impacts worsen.
How and why is our climate changing? Decades of unregulated pollution, an increasing population, and a growing reliance on electricity and fossil fuels all contribute to the production of greenhouse gases that trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere and warm our environment and oceans. The United States has the highest per capita carbon emissions in the entire world and because we (the U.S.) and our leaders have not made a committed and concerted effort to control our emissions and live more sustainably, we contribute more and more to a changing climate each year.
How do these environmental changes impact us and our way of life? As temperatures increase, oceans warm, sea levels rise, extreme weather events intensify, and humans face numerous negative consequences: property flooding, skyrocketing food prices, spreading diseases and illnesses, homelessness, and threatened access to drinking water. These impacts have the greatest effect on vulnerable and marginalized populations. Without significant policy interventions and immediate action on climate change, our homes, our health, our jobs, and our lives are at risk.
So, what can we do about climate change? We must focus both on climate change mitigation (actions to limit the magnitude or rate of long-term global warming and its related effects) and climate change adaptation (actions in response to global warming to offset it’s impacts). Now, more than ever, what we need most is leaders to come forward and be willing to take bold action to implement these strategies. Will you step up to be a leader in implementing climate change solutions?
Incubator applicants (either an individual or a team of two) will take inspiration from ideas suggested during the 100 Great Ideas campaign on climate resilience and sustainability and will leverage their own expertise to propose a project they would like to execute with our support and seed investment. The idea you select does not have to be an idea you personally suggested during the campaign.
Proposed projects are expected to be in the ideation/early planning stage. As such, the 12-week Incubator program is organized to provide project leaders with the tools and resources necessary to effectively plan for their project, which we expect to be implemented after the Incubator concludes.
Planning support during the Incubator will include:
Capacity-building support to help leaders effectively plan their initiative;
Advisement from industry professionals on how to integrate technology into solutions, if applicable;
Mentorship from highly-respected climate organizations and leaders; and,
$2,000 to $12,000 in seed funding provided at the conclusion of the Incubator to help projects get off the ground.
Specific labs and coaching sessions will focus on core skills including developing a theory of change, project planning, developing a communications strategy, evaluating your impact, etc. Over the course of the Incubator, applicants will be asked to submit key deliverables - such as an evaluation plan and project plan - for feedback from Radical Partners and their coach.
YOU! If you care about the future of Miami and want to do something to build a more sustainable community, you’re exactly the right candidate for this program. Apply!
You can apply as an individual or as a team of two. Applicants can be activists, staff members at non-profit organizations, or staff members at for-profit organizations. A team of two could include:
a community leader and a staff member of an organization;
two staff members from different organizations;
two community leaders working together; or
two leaders from the same organization.
Ideal applicants will have:
Track record(s) of impactful leadership;
A willingness to try new strategies to expand the impact of their work;
The capacity to fully engage in the Incubator (including attending all labs and coaching sessions); and
The capacity to implement their proposed initiative.
*Note: We cannot commit to providing technical expertise related to your initiative (we’re not engineers, architects, lawyers, etc.). Our value add in is helping you plan for successful launch of your project as it relates to project planning, developing partnerships, mapping our your communications strategy, fundraising, etc. If you require technical expertise in order to launch your initiative (e.g. an engineer to support with structural design or a software developer to code up your app idea), please build those costs into your preliminary budget.
ROUND 1 - APPLY ONLINE:
The first round in the application process is the completion of an online application. Applications will require that applicants detail the “theory of change” for their proposed initiative, specifically what climate resilience and sustainability problem they’re seeking to solve, a solution that will tackle this problem, and the impact that they seek to have. Application questions are available in a word document here: bit.ly/Incubator_AppQs to facilitate drafting responses before submission.
Part of this project and our partnership with Microsoft involves considering technologies that may amplify the impact of community initiatives. Technologies you may leverage could include online surveys, social media engagement, data collection and/or visualization, cloud computing, or mobile technology.
Note: If you’re not sure how you'd leverage technology or if you don't think a tech component would be beneficial to your project, it’s ok to say that in your application! We seek to provide you with support from industry technology professionals to help you think about how technology might help amplify the impact of your initiative; however, having a "technology component" is NOT a requirement for participation in this Incubator.
Applications will be reviewed by a diverse selections committee and top applications will move on to round 2 of the interview process. Applicants should expect to hear back by May 14th.
ROUND 2 - PHONE INTERVIEW & TECH ADVISEMENT
Step 1: Finalists will be invited to participate in a phone interview with a member of our Radical Partners team, during which time we’ll ask any additional questions we have about your proposed initiative as detailed in your original application.
Step 2: Finalists will also be asked to schedule a short advisement with one of our technology advisors, who will provide thought partnership on how technology could be used to enhance the initiative. During these technology conversations, advisors will brainstorm with the applicant to see whether any technologies would add value to the program and if so, will be asked to share back with the Radical Partners team how they’ll plan to use technology as part of their initiative. Again, as stated previously above, proposals are not required to have a technology component in order to be selected (not all good ideas require a tech fix!).
Applicants will hear back regarding our final decisions by May 29th.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Sarah Emmons (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participation in the 100 Great Ideas Incubator is free, thanks to the generous support of our partners: