Key Information for Delegates
Imagine what you could accomplish if you:
- Pulled above process, politics and the stresses of your daily routine
- Surrounded yourself with the best and brightest
- Got access to best practices, technology, innovations, and resources
What could you do? At the Opportunity Collaboration, it is our goal to help you answer this question.
The entire purpose of the Opportunity Collaboration is to connect you with new people and new ideas. Come prepared to share best practices, illuminate partnership opportunities or reveal a current passion or innovative idea. Engage your fellow Delegates with your mission.
The Opportunity Collaboration is not only a sought-after annual gathering, but its Delegates, past and present, are an engaged, on-going community of high-powered leaders who are passionate about poverty alleviation. This community is defined by its culture of collaboration. The Guide program was designed to deepen the experience of new Delegates by fostering a more integrated participation across the Opportunity Collaboration, and therefore amplify new Delegates’ personal and professional outcomes, ensuring that every new Delegate arrives onsite aware of our unique culture, ready to listen, learn and succeed in their own agendas by asking fellow Delegates, “What can I do for you?”
Pre-event, Guide’s connect with new Delegates to understand their reasons for attending and discuss best practices for building relationships in the global Opportunity Collaboration network. Guides offer pre-event group conference calls to begin making connections and ensure all new Delegates arrive onsite with allies and resources. While working in Cancun, Guides will answer new Delegate’s questions and make productive introductions, as time permits given their simultaneous engagement as Delegates with their own important missions to accomplish.
COLLOQUIUM FOR THE COMMON GOOD
The Colloquium for the Common Good is an essential aspect of the Opportunity Collaboration experience. In small groups, all Delegates participate in this core curriculum, creating a common experiential bond and shared set of learning.
The Colloquium is Opportunity Collaboration’s signature seminar on executive leadership, economic justice and the good society. The Colloquium addresses the principles that drive poverty alleviation and asks Delegates to think pragmatically about the nature of their leadership.
CONVERSATIONS FOR CHANGE
All participating Delegates are asked to contribute their specific institutional expertise, explain their mission or theory of social change and, most importantly, what problem they are confronting that attracted them to this Conversation session. Delegates reveal specific requirements needed to scale or improve their institutions. Delegates with resources (consultants, grant makers, investors, philanthropists, field experts and others) describe how they can help.
Delegates are asked to investigate, brainstorm and imagine solutions within individual policy sectors, between sectors and across sectors. Institutional boundaries are set aside. Delegates act with generosity of spirit and a maximum amount of institutional cooperation. Lectures, powerpoints, static presentations, speechifying, organizational egos, pitches and filibusters are prohibited.
Conversations for Change are scheduled for two-hour time periods following lunch each day. Delegates enroll on a first-come, first-seated basis.
To Submit Your Conversation for Change Proposal:
Conversations for Change are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (title and a three to four sentence description) to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (firstname.lastname@example.org), as soon as possible. Current topics and Delegate-Catalysts are posted on the Agenda.
CAPACITY BUILDING CLINICS
Clinics are scheduled for two-hour time periods from 3 to 5pm every day. Delegates enroll on a first-come, first-seated basis.
To Submit Your Capacity-Building Clinic Proposal:
Capacity-Building Clinics are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (title and a three to four sentence description) to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (email@example.com), as soon as possible. Current topics and Delegate-Catalysts are posted on the Agenda.
Cluster-Forks are scheduled for ninety minutes during lunch and dinner each day. Up to twelve people per conversational table are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific topics and Delegate-leaders are posted on the Agenda at the corresponding lunch or dinner time.
To Submit Your Cluster-Fork Proposal:
Sixty-four Cluster-Fork tables are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (title and a three to four sentence description) to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (firstname.lastname@example.org), as soon as possible. Current topics and Delegate-Catalysts are posted on the Agenda.
- Four capacity building clinics focused on building your storytelling skills, using social media, finding the story in your organization, and honing your pitch
- Four Media labs to provide hands on support on building your communication plan, designing a media campaign, producing media, and distribution strategies
- One cluster-forks on media literacy in the age of fake news
- And three Ask Us Anything times for you to come ask your media questions
Details on 2017 Boehm Media resources will be in every Delegate’s mailbox upon arrival. Click here to learn more about each of the talented 2017 Boehm Media Fellows!
While Opportunity Collaboration intentionally brings together leaders from around the globe working on a diverse array of poverty solutions, crossing sectors, geographies and other working silos so Delegates can learn from each other’s successes and challenges – Delegates always want to meet fellow Delegates who share something in common. Hence, the Affinity Group Program exists so that those who share an affinity for a topic can get to know each other before, during, and potentially after the Opportunity Collaboration to ensure the greatest…dare we say…opportunity for collaboration around the shared topic/theme/geography. Chemistry in these cohorts can lead to connection at the Collaboration and ongoing support before, during and after Opportunity Collaboration.
The following Delegates will take on a leadership role in the topics below. If you are interested in joining an Affinity Group, reach out directly to the Affinity Leader and introduce yourself sharing your interest in the work. If you would like more information about getting involved more generally, please reach out to Topher Wilkins, CEO: email@example.com
Every year we hear from Delegates that they wish there was more time to meet folks working on the same challenges. This is your chance to do that!
2017 OPPORTUNITY COLLABORATION AFFINITY GROUPS:
Corporate/Public-Private Partnerships: Andrew Mack ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Community and corporate interest in emerging markets; sustainability; mechanisms for effective communication; safety and infrastructure.
Ethical Fashion: Steph Cordes and Andy Lower: email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Connections and collaborations between corporations and fashion entrepreneurs; fashion as a lens for social impact.
Last Mile Access: Avery Bang and Andrew Clark ~ email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Focus: supply chain, staffing, projects; staff wellbeing; operational structure; quality of the work; infrastructure challenges and opportunities.
Women’s Economic Empowerment: Diana de Castro, Geraldine Diaz, Sofia Huizar ~ email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Sofia.email@example.com
Microfinance and inclusive finance; global health; women’s entrepreneurship support; financial inclusion; artisan network; storytelling.
In the Communications Center, each Delegate has an individual mailbox. Delegates are encouraged to make active use of mailboxes for conveying messages and setting up private and group meetings, etc. Check the Communications Center daily for schedule changes, useful information and personal messages. Please do not use mailboxes to distribute organizational literature; instead, materials should be left in the Literature Library (see How To Showcase Your Mission below) located in the lobby of the Conference Center.
Delegates are provided an onsite Lookbook with Delegate photos, and a post-event Delegate Directory containing full contact information to facilitate communications and follow-up on connections made during the Opportunity Collaboration.
CONNECT BEFORE (AND AFTER) THE EVENT
Opportunity Collaboration’s global network of leaders dedicated to solving poverty is over 1700 Delegates strong. Don’t wait to increase your impact – start working together now!
Connection Concierge Service: Confirmed 2018 and prior Delegates may request introductions to each other at any time that is mutually productive. Search the 2018 Delegate Roster for potential allies, and email CEO Topher Wilkins with your reason for requesting a personal introduction. Introductions are always made with Delegate’s advance permission.
Regional Receptions: Throughout the year, Delegates host private regional receptions for fellow Delegates and their colleagues to further exchange ideas and resources and introduce new high-impact leaders to our network. Email CEO Topher Wilkins if you’d like to host an Opportunity Collaboration reception in your city.
Social Media: join the continued discussion, give feedback, provide help, or just keep networking. You are invited to visit our Facebook page and participate any way (and as often) as you like.
HOW TO SHOWCASE YOUR MISSION
You can apply to host a Conversations for Change, Cluster-Fork and/or Capacity-Building Clinic session. Hosting opportunities are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (title and a three to four sentence description) to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (firstname.lastname@example.org), as soon as possible.
Submit a video for in-room news channel (Collaboration Network News)
Collaboration Network News (CNN) is the Opportunity Collaboration’s two on-site television channels. Both channels broadcast 24/7 via into each Delegate’s Leadership Village room during the Opportunity Collaboration, as well as in the theatre in the evenings. All Delegates are encouraged to include at least one video clip for each CNN channel. One CNN broadcasts a video montage of 2-5 minute educational videos introducing the unique work Opportunity Collaboration Delegates and their organizations are accomplishing to combat poverty. The second CNN channel features longer (up to 2 hour) documentary-style films by or about Delegates and their organizations, showcasing their work in richer detail.
To Submit Your Films: on or before August 31, 2018, Delegates should ideally send a H.264(.MOV) via a Drop Box link to Rebecca Anglin (email@example.com) and Paul Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ensure that we receive the best quality video. We can also accept YouTube links, Vimeo links, etc. For snail mail, addresses packages to Topher Wilkins at U.S. Postal Service Address: P.O. Box 757, Santa Cruz, California 95061, USA. FedEx / UPS / DHL Delivery Address: 850 Front Street #757, Santa Cruz, California 95061, USA.
Distribute printed materials via our literature library
Tables for Delegate organizational displays and literature are available everyday in the Conference Center. Delegates are encouraged to bring modest amounts of materials for distribution. Based on prior years experience, 25 copies of handouts are usually sufficient, as these materials are mainly for fellow Delegates to peruse on-site during the event.
Guidelines for Success
THEMES, TOPICS, ISSUES & YOU
• As an agent of social change, what are your most significant institutional goals and challenges?
• What is your organization’s theory of change and how do you measure results?
• What is your current strategy or business plan for financial sustainability and/or accountable impact?
• What emerging and promising opportunities to reduce poverty do you see in the marketplace?
• What types of partners or expertise do you require or seek to achieve your objectives(s)?
• How are you currently realizing new opportunities for global connections and new alliances?
• Do you have a collaborative or hybrid social change model that other Delegates can replicate or join in partnership?
To continue productive conversations after the Opportunity Collaboration, all Delegates receive a complete Delegate Roster with full contact information. You don’t need to exchange or carry business cards.
DIVERSITY & EQUALITY
We are a diverse group of change-makers from different countries with different racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, class, sexual, and gender backgrounds and orientations coming together to do what we can to make this world a better place for all.
We acknowledge working in a world with numerous divisions, and can’t pretend that all who come to this gathering are perceived as equal in social status in the world as it presently exists.
Absolutely all are welcome here. But by welcoming all we don’t in any way wish to disavow or diminish the very real differences each of us embodies.
Like the potent, self-aware people we aim to be we intentionally foreground those differences. We name them clearly in order to recognize the very real historical power differentials that have resulted from those differences.
Our aim is not to hide, repress, or deny those differences, but to go through them to realize our personal and collective aims.
~ from a text submitted by OC 2016 collaborator Frederick Marx of Warrior Films
ASK THE BIG QUESTION
Be Yourself. Be Authentic. Be Evocative.
Share your passion with personal stories – the highs and the lows of your work. Make it personal. Make it real.
Be tangible. Provide other Delegates with the information needed to consider collaborating with you. If you were considering partnering or backing your organization, what would you want to know about it?
Honor the opinions of other Delegates by respecting the Opportunity Collaboration’s non-partisanship, confidentiality and informality.
RAISE THE BAR, AIM HIGH
• Avoid generalities. Employ concrete examples, explain business models and provide clear theories of social change.
• Keep it simple and straightforward. Avoid jargon.
• Don’t talk about “me” and what you have achieved. It’s a given that all Opportunity Collaboration delegates are accomplished people.
• Don’t hesitate to discuss failures. Some of the best learning comes from what doesn’t work.
TALKING ABOUT MONEY
Some of us have money, some do not. We meet at an all-inclusive resort in order to help minimize those class differences. But some of us are donors and some of us seek donations. That’s real too.
Class, race, gender, etc. privileges all exist. Some have more privileges, some less, but we most of us embody some combination of both.
We aim to acknowledge all our power differentials with each other up front so that each of us can refine her/his awareness and work with them, not in spite of them.
We also acknowledge how privileged all of us are simply to be able to attend this gathering.
So let us be the change we seek to make in the world. Let us be leaders not only in our work outside Opportunity Collaboration, but in our work collaboratively as well.
Let us each bring our full awareness and most skillful means to acknowledging our differences and working with them during our time together, for our own benefit and for the benefit of all.
~ from a text submitted by OC 2016 collaborator Frederick Marx of Warrior Films
Whether you have money or want money, a few tips about framing intelligent conversations:
• Be candid. Funders can’t fund everything that is worthy and no anti-poverty program is the panacea. Save yourself and everyone else time by stating your agenda and focus.
• Failure never fails. Put forth what is working, what has failed and what you’ve learned. Your candor will be appreciated, and you will win converts to your cause.
• Keep it short. Be concise and get to the point. Don’t preach.
Your fellow Delegates, especially funders, are thought leaders and much more than the sum of their bank accounts. Avoid performing wallet biopsies on other Delegates. It disrespects the spirit of the Opportunity Collaboration to monetize every conversation.
SUGGESTIONS FOR DYNAMIC SESSIONS
• Introductions should be the first order of business.
• Start with a question, rather than your own presentation to stimulate participation
• Be concrete rather than theoretical.
• Follow the conversation; don’t force it to go in a predetermined direction
• Don’t step on other speakers.
PARTICIPATE TO THE MAX
NO SECOND-CLASS CITIZENSHIP
At Opportunity Collaboration, we envision a world where everyone is treated fairly and equally. We know that is not yet the world that we live in, and acknowledge that there is power and privilege that we must work to address to level the playing field.
We have a zero tolerance policy for harm and harassment. Opportunity Collaboration reserves the right to decline Delegate status to anyone violating this policy. This policy is shared on the website and every Delegate receives written information onsite about how to report negative experiences, along with a list of individuals who can respond to concerns.
We seek to live our values in community, as demonstrated through our words and actions. We seek to create a space where everyone feels supported to show up as their best self and share their unique contributions with one another. We believe that we create our best work in the world in an environment where everyone can thrive. We seek to support our Delegates in being present with one another in a way that dismantles oppressive systems present in society at large.
To create a space where everyone feels welcomed and supported, we ask all Delegates in our community to follow these guidelines:
- Respect others. We respect every person and prioritize personal development in ourselves and others. Respectful behavior includes listening before speaking and asking questions rather than assuming intentions. It means respecting others as they seek to build meaningful connections, and entering into private meetings or conversations only when invited, or after asking permission.
- Assume the best. If you have been offended or hurt by someone’s words or actions, seek first to understand their intentions and meaning (if you feel it is appropriate and that you can do so safely).
- Respect your own needs. Pay attention to your own needs. Stand up for yourself if you have been treated unfairly, or ask for help or clarification. Take the time or space you need to be fully present and rested.
- Engage in constructive dialogue. We bring together people from many different walks of life. Recognize that someone else’s frame of reference is likely to be different from your own. When conflicts arise, see what you can learn from another’s point of view.
- Do not harass others, and do your part to prevent and stop harassment. Contribute not only through refraining from engaging in harassing behavior yourself, but by standing beside and in support of others who you see experiencing forms of harassment.
What is harassment? Harassment can be verbal, physical, or emotional. Harassment includes:
- Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, citizenship status or religion.
- Use or abuse of a position of privilege or power to manipulate or extort others into doing something about which they are hesitant or uncomfortable (i.e. meeting in a location or in attire that is not professional).
- Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Unsolicited or off-topic sexual images, references, behavior, or advances.
- Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
- Coercion, pressure, or repeated suggestions to engage in consumption of alcohol or drugs.
- Threats of violence.
- Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
- Deliberate intimidation.
- Deliberate misgendering.
- Stalking or following.
- Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
- Sustained disruption of discussion.
- Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
- Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
- Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent.
- Publication of private communications.
(Thank you to Double Union’s harassment policy for many of the proceeding examples.)
Ask one of our Community Guides for advice, or contact Opportunity Collaboration’s leadership directly to respond:
- Topher Wilkins, CEO Cell: 303-956-8431 email@example.com
- Jorian Wilkins, COO Cell: 303-905-1424 firstname.lastname@example.org
Topher, Jorian and our Community Guides can listen to your concerns and aid in responding, so you can return to your work empowered with the full support of the Opportunity Collaboration team. 2017 Community Guides are:
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Airlines with regular flights to and from Cancún:
- Aeroméxico: 800- 800-9999
- United Airlines: 800-523-3273
- Interjet: 866-285-9525
- Southwest Airlines: 800-435-9792
- jetBlue: 800-538-2583
- Delta Airlines: 800-221-1212
Submit Flight Itinerary. Important Note: Flight information must be submitted in advance to reserve complimentary airport shuttle service. Delegates must finalize and submit an air travel itinerary on or before September 30, 2018. Send your itinerary information as soon as you book your flight to: Tracie Hudgins.
For Delegates without prior shuttle service reservations, the one-way taxi fare from the airport is approximately $60.00.
SCHEDULING AND ARRIVAL
Arrival day for ALL Delegates is October 14, 2018.
The Collaboration commences that evening.
Departure date is October 19, 2018, anytime.
Important Note: Delegates departing before October 19, 2018, miss critical program and networking elements of the Opportunity Collaboration.
Attire and Packing. For information on packing, attire, weather, etc., see Venue Information below.
Mexican Customs. Baggage is searched randomly. After securing your luggage, Mexican customs officials will ask you to push a button. If the light flashes green, you have cleared customs without a luggage search. If a red light flashes, your bags will be searched.
After Customs. After exiting Mexican customs, Opportunity Collaboration and resort staff with signs will greet you and take you to buses for the 20-minute trip to the leadership village. Bottled water will be available. During your trip, pre-assigned room keys will be issued and leadership village logistics explained.
Upon Arrival. At the leadership village, you and your luggage will be escorted directly to your room via the Communications Center (near the central patio) where you will check your mailbox for messages and receive your welcome packet with a personalized agenda and village map. Plan to visit the Conference Center where you can deliver organizational literature to the Literature Library. Dinner with open seating is 6:30pm to 8:30pm followed by the Welcome Reception.
The $450.00 Traveling Companion all-inclusive registration fee includes 5 nights lodging (standard hotel double occupancy), three meals per day, airport shuttle and gratuities. Airfare and other personal expenses not included. To bring a Traveling Companion, the primary Delegate must be registered for a private room. Delegates should register their Traveling Companion early, because the Traveling Companion fee will increase when the Collaboration is sold out. Register here or to add your Traveling Companion to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie Hudgins.
Non-Delegate Traveling Companions may attend all networking receptions and events, all recreational programs and all evening activities. However, the Colloquium for the Common Good, Conversations for Change and Capacity-Building Clinics are reserved for full Delegates only. Companions who wish to participate in these programs should register as full Delegates ($2500.00, standard hotel double occupancy until Dec. 31st). See Delegate Suite-Sharing.
While Delegates are in the daily Colloquium, Conversations for Change and Capacity-Building Clinic sessions, Traveling Companions may at their own expense use the spa services or arrange offsite excursions ranging from golf, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins to cultural explorations. Spa and excursion appointments can be made upon arrival; fees vary by activity.
Children: 17 Years or Younger
An all-inclusive $350.00 registration fee is required for children 17 years of age or younger and includes all lodging, meals, airport shuttles and gratuities. Eighteen years of age and older are considered adult traveling companions. To bring a traveling companion or child, the primary Delegate must be registered for a private room. Register here or to make changes to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie Hudgins.
Family accommodations are equipped with strollers, cribs, baby bathtubs, bottle warmers and sanitizers, white noise players and changing areas. Family-friendly dining, beach and pool areas are designated for Delegates with children. For families with younger children, high chairs, booster seats and baby food are available.
Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver at all times during the Opportunity Collaboration. A supervised recreational program for 4-13 year olds is complementary from 9am to 5pm, including OC Just Kids Workshops for 6-12 year olds. OC TEENS: Launch Generation encourages older students to design their own social enterprise projects, conduct Delegate interviews, and produce culminating media. For children under 4, childcare at the onsite nursery costs approximately $10.00 per hour.Qualified local nannies can also be scheduled upon arrival for approximately $17.00 per hour for up to three children, with additional fees for meal times and after hours care.
Sangster Young Fellowships support the attendance of children from nations around the globe at Opportunity Collaboration by providing registration fees for children and their accompanying Delegate parents from developing countries. The purpose of the Sangster Young Fellowship program is to foster lifelong connections between children around the world, so they may someday engage in world-changing work together as true peers, bonded by childhood friendship. Parents of awardees lead OC Just Kids Workshops to engage children in stories and cultural activities from their home countries. To inquire about Sangster Young Fellowships, please email COO Jorian Wilkins.
Room Features & Cuisine. All rooms are equipped with king-size beds, air conditioning, safes, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, mini-bar, television and standard North American electrical outlets. Complimentary, but sometimes patchy, internet service is available. The leadership village serves three healthy buffets daily. All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, and beer are included in the all-inclusive Delegate fee.
Health, Fitness & Safety. The leadership campus is a guarded enclave restricted to Delegates and hotel staff. Water is safe to drink. A nurse is on duty in the infirmary every day, around the clock. The all-inclusive Delegate fee includes complimentary use of all health and wellness facilities, including the gymnasium, tennis courts, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing equipment, yoga and trapeze instruction, basketball, softball, ping pong, volleyball, archery and more.
Attire. The Collaboration atmosphere is relaxed, unhurried, informal and conducive to quiet conversation and dialogue. For daytime sessions and meals, Delegates should consider shorts, t-shirts and sandals suitable to tropical weather. For evenings, dressy resort attire is appropriate.
Weather. Cancun in October is tropical, balmy and hot with temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees F. Expect some humidity and light afternoon rain showers.
Special Items to Pack. Sunglasses, sun block, mosquito repellant and a hat are desirable. Comfortable shoes are advised. For sports, bring swimsuits, suitable sportswear and gear. For evening jam sessions, bring your musical instruments.
Emergency Contact Information. The Collaboration’s leadership village is rented from the Club Méditerranée corporation. Please remember to contact Opportunity Collaboration for all hotel arrangements.
Site Emergency Phone: (52) 998 881 8200
Site Address: Club Med Cancún, Km. 21.5, Punta Nizuc – Cancún, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico.
Your Homework and the Colloquium for the Common Good
The Colloquium for the Common Good is the Opportunity Collaboration’s signature seminar on executive leadership, economic justice and the good of society. The Colloquium addresses the principles that drive poverty alleviation and asks Delegates to think pragmatically about the nature of their leadership.
All Delegates participate in this core curriculum, creating a common experiential bond and shared set of learnings. The Colloquium refines executive judgment and sets the collaborative stage for sustainable social change.
Review the syllabus in advance. << CLICK HERE to access the 2017 Syllabus. >>
Want to Host a Session?
• Enroll to host a Conversations for Change, Cluster-Fork and/or Capacity-Building Clinic.
• Nominate other Delegates. As a fellow Delegate, your nominations are seriously considered
To Submit Your Proposal:
All sessions are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (title and a three to four sentence description) to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (email@example.com), as soon as possible.
Current topics and Delegate-Catalysts are posted on the Agenda.