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Submission #68

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Submitted by Mark Karkenny
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 2:45pm

The Boldline Accelerator: Fostering Collaboration and Innovation to Create Solutions 

Can there be multiple solutions to one issue? What happens when those solutions are combined and given the resources and environment to flourish? The answer is the genesis behind the U.S. Department of State’s Boldline Accelerator, a three-day program that brings together groups from various backgrounds and sectors, and helps develop their ideas through design thinking, rapid ideation, and innovative partnership solutions.  In December 2018, the Department's Office of Global Partnerships held their third Boldline accelerator, in collaboration with the Department’s Global Engagement Center, to find technological solutions to combat disinformation and propaganda campaigns.

Throughout the event, a resounding sense of unity pervaded. Instead of competing against each other, nine private sector companies combined ideas to create tangible ways to combat propaganda. To encourage collaboration among the cohort, the Office of Global Partnerships implemented a comprehensive program for participants that included: panel discussions led by subject matter experts, one-on-one speed mentoring with industry experts, and Mastermind sessions, a rapid ideation process that enables groups to wholly capture the issues they are trying to solve and hear immediate feedback.. On the last day, Boldline participants synthesized the new skills and connections made by presenting hybrid technology solutions for combatting disinformation campaigns. The nine groups worked together to propose two solutions that utilized the technology and ideas of each individual participant.

Opportunities like Boldline are at the forefront of innovation and development. They help generate solutions to current challenges, like combatting disinformation campaigns that produce sustainable results.  Jim Thompson, the Office of Global Partnerships’ Director for Private Sector Engagement noted “Creating opportunities for the private and public sectors to combine their efforts towards a singular goal is an endeavor that will foster this collaboration and innovation, and is the continuing mission of the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships.” While the world continues to search for solutions to today's biggest challenges, the Department of State, through Boldline, is hard at work to cultivate a hub to accelerate results. 

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