Many global societal challenges, like the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, are complex and multi-layered. Scalable solutions require many inputs, components, and partners.
It takes a big village to solve a big problem, and sometimes it is impossible for any one organization to start down that road.
To help address global challenges, we are developing a "Stone Soup" methodology, named after the classic folk tale in which hungry visitors to a frugal village propose an improbable vision (making soup from a stone) which inspires the villagers to share and create a wonderful meal for the whole community.
Our process includes 1) starting with a provocative vision; 2) reaching out for seed conversations with potential supporters, experts, influencers, and partners; 3) gradually involving multiple communities in dialogue; 4) facilitating a structured process to encourage collaborative projects leading to one or more real-world solutions.