Workshops, Forums, and Events

With our trademark combination of connection, exposition, and interaction, our larger convenings feature topics and speakers at the intersection of global business, development, and security. Together, we embrace opportunities and overturn challenges in emerging markets and developing countries to expose and explore issues that require cross-sector collaboration to achieve maximum impact. These programs showcase practitioners who share their experiences and lessons learned, workshop challenges that cut across sectors, or civilly spar across the aisle on a current issue. Our gatherings are a way for Franklin Street participants to connect, partner, and learn from perspectives outside their usual professional circle.

'First Mondays' Policy Salons

Our cornerstone activity is a roundtable dinner that meets the First Monday of each month. In a perfect storm of wine and wonkery, we hold a rigorous, issue-driven discussion on the concerns of the day. Asking the right question is as important as mapping out the potential solution – esteemed company and good food light the way. The salon is an opportunity for participants to gain a multi-sector perspective, foster connections, and expand their knowledge.

The salons will be on hiatus beginning in July 2017. Look for our new Policy Perspectives monthly brief, which brings the cross-cutting topics, connective readings, and diverse viewpoints we cultivated in our policy salons to the entire Franklin Street network — wherever you are in the world.

Policy Scrums

In these challenge-driven workshops, featured experts present to the group a real, issue-based challenge they face in their work. Over the course of a single evening, participants scrum to problem-solve the challenge, drawing from their diverse sector expertise to expose creative and nuanced solutions. The result is a set of actionable, integrated options for speakers to incorporate into their strategy. Speakers and scrummers alike leave the experience with a new solution, new idea, or new connection.

Advisory Services

We advise mission-driven entrepreneurs on strategies for responsible engagement in both developed and frontier markets. By applying systems thinking and human-centered design, we help clients to identify opportunities, address challenges, and design actionable strategies to increase social impact. Leveraging our network of vanguard thinkers and doers across the security, business, and development sectors, we identify opportunities for cross-sector partners to work together to achieve mutually aligned outcomes.

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