Who We Are
The Foundation for Inclusion (FFI) is an impact incubator—we nurture, build, improve, and scale solutions to the deep social divisions we’re seeing at home and abroad, from war zones to wealthy democracies. Whether you’re a business, an investor, or an ambitious nonprofit, we collaborate with you on one thing: making you more effective at large-scale, systemic change.
Our vision is a civil, peaceful, and inclusive world
Our mission is to empower you to discover and build effective and lasting solutions to social conflict and systemic exclusion
Our strategy for building social cohesion is to apply private-sector methods for getting large-scale results to experimental initiatives for bridging social and political divisions
What We Do
We treat ideas for overcoming divisions as hypotheses to be tested, the way product designers and startups discover successful business models through real-world experiments: Does it work? Does it scale? We turn the results of these experiments into initiatives, incubate them until they can stand on their own, then spin them off as independent enterprises.
Our inclusion incubator builds, nurtures, and spins off initiatives that foster inclusion and social cohesion in divided societies. It works with founders, companies, organizations, and investors in a wide variety of sectors to nudge their products, services, technologies, and movements into becoming sources of empathy, understanding, and inclusion. Its main program at the moment is the Bridge Consortium, which helps individuals and organizations working to bridge social and political divisions collaborate for maximum impact.
Our impact incubator is your test lab for turning ideas into testable hypotheses, usable models, and real-world experiments then turning the results into validated, impact-focused business models. We designed our “impact due-diligence” process to combine insights from research on program effectiveness in complex settings with insights from lean startup methods, design thinking, and system dynamics modeling.
Who We Serve
As an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, we are able to work with:
… who want help dealing with marginalization, fear, misunderstanding, social conflict, and systemic exclusion.
Makers & Developers
… who want to build technologies, products, services, or platforms that both make money and solve social problems.
… who want to test, validate, and articulate their business plans to improve the impact and effectiveness of their social mission.
… who want to due-diligence the ESG, CSR, or social-impact claims of the companies and social enterprises they might invest in.
I started the Foundation for Inclusion after years of research on social conflict and social change, because I think it’s important to recognize that stability and civility, which we all need to thrive, can’t be the responsibility of governments alone: people across the political spectrum, civil organizations, businesses, and investors all have contributions to make as well. Bob Lamb, Founder & CEO, Foundation for Inclusion
What We’re Doing Now
Since our founding in late 2016, we have already begun six initiatives in collaboration with several organizations, experts, and an all-volunteer staff. Tap or hover to explore each one.
Get in Touch
We’d love to welcome you as a volunteer or collaborator! If you are interested in working with us or have any other thoughts you’d like to share, please fill out the form below. We will never sell your email address.