Who we are
The Adora Foundation is a launchpad for social innovation. We generate inspirational vision, creative connection and transformational action on a global scale.
We rigorously incubate, test, replicate and scale up projects, programmes and initiatives. From this we derive models, applications and methodologies to influence policy and practice, from the global stage the smallest locality.
The Adora Foundation Innovation Lab
The innovation Lab is where we brew our innovations. It is a "do tank" rather than a think tank. It consists of a brilliant team of thinkers, doers and creators who we focus, not on policy statements, but on actionable ideas that can speak our vision in practice like no white paper could. It is this impressive network of Ideas Donors, our champions, consultants and partners who with our staff team comprise the Adora Foundation Innovation Lab. Read below who they are to gain a sense of the calibre of minds and hearts that are helping design our social innovations, and maybe join our innovation tank yourself. All you need to qualify is a willingness to think outside the box and a desire to contribute.
Our Ideas Donors
Below are the names of all the wonderful thinkers and makers and doers whose ideas have fed the constantly evolving vision and practice of the Adora Foundation. Whatever we achieve, we achieved together.
Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators and Analysis with the World Bank Group. Former Chief Economist at Davos/the World Economic Forum (USA)
Roy Steiner, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Arthur Dahl, President, International Environment Forum, and former Deputy Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (Switzerland)
Shobha Das, Director of Programmes at Minority Rights Group International
Alison Hope, Principal at Hope Philanthropic (UK)
Elaine Flint, Director at Social Enterprise Works (UK)
Graham Miller, Chairman of Equity Investment Committee at Triodos Bank (UK)
Sin Ellas No Estamos Todos - Mothers advocating on behalf of their dissappeared daughters, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Abu Jalloh, National Youth Officer at Sierra Leone Red Cross, Child Soldier Advocacy Reintegration Project (Sierra Leone)
Alicia Jimenez, Project Coordinator, Earth Charter Secretariat (Costa Rica)
Kit Bigelow, American Society of International Law, 2011 National Award from the International Religious Liberty Association
Rob Richley, Partner, Westword Communications (UK)
Liz Mitchell, Choreographer, Movementor
Katrien Beekman, Head of Department of leading INGO (Switzerland)
Clare Daly, Bloomsbury Institute, Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Tammara Anderton, Partner, Anderton & Boyd (Switzerland/UK)
Amdis Boyd, Partner, Anderton & Boyd, (Switzerland/UK)
Arabella Tresilian, Founder Director, The Therapeutic Media Company (UK)
Zainab Hassan, Founder, Growthvantage Limited (UK)
Professor Marie Harder, Brighton University (UK); 1000 Talents Professor at Fudan University (China)
Hannah Brennan, Internal Recruiter at RSG (UK)
June Burrough Founder Director, Pieran Center (UK)
Lou Matter, Royal Society of Arts
Cardiela Amezcua Luna, Head of Dance and Theatre, Michoacan Government, Mexico
What we do
We do four core activities. Rather than apply these activities separately or in parallel, we try to integrate all four into all our endeavours, believing that together they move and unite our hearts, heads, will and relationships in action.
Evidence-based social innovation: We deliver programmes, projects and activities across a maximum diversity of thematic areas, populations and approaches. Bridging and interconnecting maximum diversity requires and leads to conceptual, practical and affective innovations.
Academic, policy and action research: We find the most rigorous evidence and analysis both in existing academic literature and in our own investigation. Some of it we publish in peer-reviewed academic journals, some are evaluations and studies commissioned by other organisations, and some are internal reports as part of our Innovation Lab.
Artistic and other non-cognitive activities: We use the arts to generate a creativity that enriches, challenges and illuminates our modes of understanding and approaching the world. Most powerfully, the arts also tap most effectively into the wellsprings of human motivation, and are a central instrument for values and behaviour change.
Dissemination: Having identified or developed breakthrough concepts, approaches and techniques, we try to put them to the service of humanity. We do so through training programmes, both physical and on-line; collaborative partnerships; consultancy services; governance, policy and practitioner networks; and through social media, events and word of mouth.
Hot Off The Press!
Youth Can Move The World: Social Responsibility + The Decision To Act
An online event taking place February 27, 2015 at 15:30 GMT
Register at: You Can Move the World
Welcome to the Adora Foundation CloudConferences, in partnership with the Partnership for Education and Research for Responsible Living (PERL)
We are about to create something transformational!
This is an event by youth and for youth that will create a wave of action that makes an impact on the world. Our discussions, and more importantly our actions, will be shared two weeks later in Paris, before the United Nations (UNESCO and UNEP).
We will come together online from the four corners of the globe, from Greenland to Mombasa and:
• hear amazing real life stories from youth who have achieved extraordinary things against extraordinary odds
• experience some powerful and inspiring audiovisual art
• engage in creative dialogue with our peers around the world, making surprising friendships
• Take a single step of spontaneous individual action together on a global scale, with no more guidance than the collective energy we generate. It is more than enough. Whatever you feel inspired to do, when added to the individual steps of every other youth around the world, becomes a powerful creative wave.
• Comment, like and share each other’s pledges, maybe you will find one that you can do together!
• It doesn’t matter if the change you choose to make is huge or small: if it’s positive, you have made a difference. And if we all take a step at the same time... the world will surely feel it.
Just register for the conference here: http://tinyurl.com/youcanmovetheworld
All you will need is a decent internet connection, and a computer with sound on, or a smartphone/tablet with the free Wiziq app downloaded.
Once you register you will receive more details of the innovative way we will together change the world in one hour. It all begins in a single step. Let’s find out what happens when we all take it at the same time.
For details and questions write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenland is a noble indigenous nation with one of the highest suicide rates in the world, particularly among youth aged 15-19.
Having successfully piloted it on a small scale with diverse audiences from 22 countries, we brought our resilience education through non-cognitive methods to the Inuit of Greenland.
You can polish your Greenlandic and see a full 25 minute interview in English on Greenlandic national TV here.
The positive impact far exceeded every expectation, and we ended up directly performing before 1000+ Greenlanders, plus around 10,000 more through national and local TV. We imparted participatory workshops to 3 in 10 youth in the capital, and 50% of those at higher risk of suicide. The feedback of many youth and adults was life-changing, and the work secured parliamentary attention and a direct commendation by the Premier of Greenland for the "terrific work" done.
Empowering research: Measuring Resilience and Mental Wellbeing Among Somali Women in Bristol
Wellbeing and mental illness in the community are generally measured by written questionnaires with scales of mental health categories that don't always (or generally?) connect with how many cultures experience inner and outer adversity and wellbeing. The information generated by those surveys is also rather "flat", without the richness that gives meaning to people's life. We have been commissioned to find new ways to measure mental wellbeing and resilience among Somali women, in contexts where addressing such issues can be also distorted by taboo or institutional fears, and in ways that tap into their rich and deep experience, but can also be quantified in a rigorous way.
After attending a year ago our training course on groundbreaking new ways of evaluating "soft" or invisible outcomes, we were approached by the innovative Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, integrating everything from dentists and doctors to cooking, crafts, psychiatrists, aerobics and relationship counselling, in one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in Bristol. We are excited about this wonderful new process!
Conflict Education and Resilience in Palestine's West Bank
We have been commissioned to explore the dynamics of resilience in severe conflict situations by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, following on from our study of values and behaviour change in their flagship Youth as Agents of Behaviour Change programme. Our findings will naturally feed onto our own resilience education programmes and initiatives across the world, and our training and dissemination activities.
Mainstreaming Resilience Education and Suicide Prevention Through Non-Cognitive Methods Across Bristol, UK
Following the success and learning from the exprience in Greenland and our work in research and evaluation of behaviour change through non-cognitive methods (arts, games, storytelling, meditation, cooking, environment, animals, etc), the next stage of our piloting is in replication. In Bristol UK we are incubating a co-design process with "movers and shakers" across the community, both formal and informal, to affect the way services work across the city. We hope to learn from the experience to adapt, replicate and further scale up the approach and methodologies in other cities around the world.
Global Impact Study Of An Extraordinary Peer Education Programme
We have recently completed a 250 page global impact study of values and behaviour change in 107 countries for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). It focused on one of the most impactful and innovative peer education programmes through non-cognitive methods we have ever come across: Youth as Agents of Behaviour Change (YABC). This has led to a further commission of follow-up research to model in a rigorous and sophisticated way why 92% of all training participants reported that their lives and values had positively changed even a year or more afterward, as 620 peer educators reached 120,000 people with their message of peace and non-violence.
Can Student Self Discovery Generate Institutional Change in Their School? We Think So!
We have enjoyed being commissioned by Brighton University to design a pilot peer education programme using values based indicators to generate personal transformation and organisational change. We developed an empowering process whereby secondary school students use a toolkit of non-cognitive activities to peer-facilitate two sessions of collaborative self-discovery, exploring their values in a deep way through group games, performance, discussion and documentation, leading to recommendations for the school to implement. The school commits to implementing at least 3 of the recommendations ahead of time, so that the process of self-discovery proceeds in the certainty of school impact. And empowering and world-view changing experience for both pupils and teachers. If successful, it will be spread in 50 countries by the 140 member institutions of the UNESCO/UNEP endorsed Partnership for Education and Research for Responsible Living (PERL), as part of their European Union funded work programme, which we have been invited to join.
How Can We Build Sustainable Communities Without Sustainable Values? Can Values-Based Indicators Put Values On The Policy Map? We Think So!
We just published an important study on values as the missing pillar of sustainability in top academic journal Sutainability, in collaboration with the Sutainable Development Coordination Unit of Brighton University (UK) and the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of Fudan University (China). , drawing on our state-of-the-art methodology for measuring the presence and impact of values, which we tested in 147 projects in 61 countries.