Agenda Day 1 – Wednesday October 25

The Royal Society


 Registration & Breakfast

Session 1. The Bridge Collaborative:

A Global Change Agent for Health, Development and Environment

One year ago, four women got frustrated with the pace and scale of change they could make in working on the world’s complex problems from each of their organization’s entry points. With a desire to make bigger change faster, they brought together four of the world’s leading organizations in health, development and the environment and formed the Bridge Collaborative. Meet the founders, members and champions of the Bridge Collaborative, and see what they produced as 150 colleagues worked to overcome a major roadblock to global progress; a splintered evidence base.


Opening Remarks: The Need for a New View on Evidence


Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy; Bridge Collaborative Secretariat Chair

Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy; Bridge Collaborative Advisory Council Chair

Tim Profeta, Duke University; Bridge Collaborative Advisory Council Founding Member



Ann Mei Chang: Lean Startup.

Innovation leadership for social & environmental impact



The Bridge Collaborative: Our Experiment in Problem-Solving with Strangers

Overview of the Bridge Collaborative Vision and Findings

Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy; Bridge Collaborative Secretariat Chair


Open Secretariat dialogue on how it went, what we learned, and why we think it matters.

Moderator: Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Panorama

Katharine Kreis, PATH; Bridge Collaborative Secretariat Member

Tim Profeta, Duke University; Bridge Collaborative Advisory Council Founding Member

Claudia Ringer, IFPRI; Bridge Collaborative Secretariat Member

Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy; Bridge Collaborative Secretariat Chair




Making the Most of What We Know: Successes & Challenges for Cross-Sector Evidence

The first thing any policy maker, manager, or funder wants to know in making a decision is “What works?” This is a remarkably hard question to answer for some of today’s most pressing challenges. Why? Part of the answer lies in the fragmented nature of our global evidence base. Hear leading evidence thinkers identify and talk about what big questions we could answer if we could do a better job of bringing evidence together across sectors.


Moderator: Jolyne Sanjak: Chief Program Officer, Landesa

Clare Matterson: Planetary health community, EAT

Belinda Reyers: Stockholm Resilience Center

Marion Verles: Gold Standard


Getting to Action: Problem Solving in Real Time

One key finding of the Collaborative’s first year together is this: even brief opportunities to solve problems with new views can be revolutionary. In this session, we will create space for you to meet new experts from other sectors, and dig in on real problems together. See how quickly change can happen, and how a common planning tool – used differently – can rapidly build bridges to new solutions.


Population, Health & Environment

Tricia Petruney: FHI 360

Carina Hirsch: Population and Sustainability Network


Sanitation, Biodiversity & Health


Yuta Masuda: TNC

Carmel Pollino: CSIRO

Refugee Action for People & the Planet

Cindy Huang: Center for Global Development




Results Chain Roaming

In this open interaction space, see what others are thinking about through their results chains.


Session 2: Where and How Should We Direct Our Efforts for Cross-Sector Impact?

Cross-sector evidence is not the only thing we need to solve today’s global challenges. Most leaders remain comfortably within silos, and efforts to meet sprawling sustainability goals remain unfocused. Hear from global leaders who have stepped out of the mold to lead differently. Then follow in their footsteps and be part of a live effort to crowd-source priorities for cross-sector action.


Failing Forward: Successes & Challenges for Cross-Sector Leadership

Changes in our global evidence base will mean little without leaders calling for more cross-sector action. Much work has been done in this space, yet we most often continue to act in silos. What entry points and examples of success do we have today, and what leadership gaps can the Bridge Collaborative help fill?



Cindy Huang: Center for Global Development

Adriana Soto, Colombia Country Director, The Nature Conservancy, Former Minister of Environment, Colombia

Sir Andrew Haines: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Alex Thier: Overseas Development Institute


How Can We Focus Our Energy for Impact?

There are many ongoing efforts to work across sectors, but most agendas fail to provide focus. With the broad scope of the Sustainable Development Goals, planetary health and other efforts, we see the work of health, development and environment communities diffused. Is there an opportunity to have greater impact through a focused agenda? What are some of the major challenges where cross-sector efforts could have greatest impact?


Moderator: Giulio Boccaletti: The Nature Conservancy

Jessica Fanzo: Johns Hopkins University

Nate Matthews: Global Resilience Partnership

Fabrice DeClerck: EAT and FOLU

Kristen Patterson: Population Reference Bureau




Creative Tensions: Priorities for Action

In this highly interactive session, we will build on our priorities dialogue and engage in a real-time crowd-sourcing session. Our goal is to reach some consensus from attendees on where our future efforts as a community can have the greatest impact.

Moderator: Fred Dust: IDEO


Cocktail Hour at the Royal Society

Take the opportunity to meet experts from new fields, and continue the discourse around what we can do. Together.