Welcome to the Solferino Academy

The Solferino Academy aims to challenge and inspire the way people work, think, act and connect. It supports the IFRC network in transforming to be more fit for future and capable of thriving through the complex and dynamic changes occurring throughout the world in order to more effectively meet the humanitarian and development challenges. It aims to;

1. Be a leader in promoting cutting edge thinking in humanitarian work that can catalyse change and innovation in the sector

2. Support Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders and their National Societies in developing approaches for and implementing changes throughout their National Societies that will enable more innovative, agile and future fit organisations

3. Explore and support their experimentation with new and innovative approaches to humanitarian and development work.

Welcome to the Solferino Academy

The Solferino Academy aims to challenge and inspire the way people work, think, act and connect. It supports the IFRC network in transforming to be more fit for future and capable of thriving through the complex and dynamic changes occurring throughout the world in order to more effectively meet the humanitarian and development challenges. It aims to;

1. Be a leader in promoting cutting edge thinking in humanitarian work that can catalyse change and innovation in the sector

2. Support Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders and their National Societies in developing approaches for and implementing changes throughout their National Societies that will enable more innovative, agile and future fit organisations

3. Explore and support their experimentation with new and innovative approaches to humanitarian and development work.

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How it happens

The Solferino Academy is a team of experts in the process of innovation and collaborative, creative problem solving. It works as part of the IFRC network to bring together the right people to unlock their capacity to solve their most complex challenges, to explore ideas, develop solutions and capitalise on opportunities in unique and powerful ways. The Academy helps the network to gain fresh insights, fast track idea-generation and decision making and inspire better outcomes. Lastly, the Academy works in partnerships with the private sector and academic institutions, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and others who share similar values.

How it happens

The Solferino Academy is a team of experts in the process of innovation and collaborative, creative problem solving. It works as part of the IFRC network to bring together the right people to unlock their capacity to solve their most complex challenges, to explore ideas, develop solutions and capitalise on opportunities in unique and powerful ways. The Academy helps the network to gain fresh insights, fast track idea-generation and decision making and inspire better outcomes. Lastly, the Academy works in partnerships with the private sector and academic institutions, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and others who share similar values.

Our focus

Our focus

Futures Research

Advanced analysis of social, political, cultural and economic trends and emerging issues impacting vulnerability and the Humanitarian/Development sectors;

Produce trends research, horizon scanning and analysis to better understand global transformations impacting society, humanitarian need and Red Cross Red Crescent models and programming.

Engage universities, opinion leaders and experts to assist in analysing trends and disruptions and producing provocative content for the Red Cross and Red Crescent network

Stage events and deliver creative communications and digital engagement strategies to support the dissemination of futures content and promote dialogue on key sectoral issues

Organisational Change and Transformation

Strategies to support leaders to build agile and anticipatory organisations that are highly innovative and adaptive.

Convening forums, workshops and dialogues among and between RCRC stakeholders and external experts to promote disruptive ideas, critical thinking and innovation that can influence the relevance and efficiency of Red Cross and Red Crescent work

Develop a range of intensive supports for leadership of the IFRC network to assist them to define and implement change through their organisation

Innovation Experiments

Experiment with new ideas, approaches and products to catalyse wider experimentation across the IFRC network

Supporting and where needed, leading innovation experiments on key priority areas for the network to help accelerate change

Staging campaigns and engagement initiatives that promote innovative approaches toward organizational priorities.

Events

The Solferino Academy supports a wide range of activities that promote organisational change and forward-looking leadership. The team has extensive experience in futures and foresight masterclasses, immersive simulations, scenario builders, and leadership forums.

Upcoming events

Global Innovation Forum – October 6th-8th

Qatar Red Crescent will hold the Red Cross Red Crescent global innovation forum from October 6th-8th 2019 in Doha. The meeting aims to help Red Cross and Red Crescent people to meet with and connect to other colleagues working on innovation around the network.

Future women in leadership – October 9th-11th

Italian Red Cross will hold the “Future Women in Leadership Forum” in Millan in early October 2019. This Forum will address the continued underrepresentation of women in humanitarian leadership positions and explore possible futures moving forward. 

Events

The Solferino Academy supports a wide range of activities that promote organisational change and forward-looking leadership. The team has extensive experience in futures and foresight masterclasses, immersive simulations, scenario builders, and leadership forums.

Upcoming events

Global Innovation Forum – October 6th-8th

Qatar Red Crescent will hold the Red Cross Red Crescent global innovation forum from October 6th-8th 2019 in Doha. The meeting aims to help Red Cross and Red Crescent people to meet with and connect to other colleagues working on innovation around the network.

Future women in leadership – October 2019

Italian Red Cross will hold the “Future Women in Leadership Forum” in Millan in early October 2019. This Forum will address the continued underrepresentation of women in humanitarian leadership positions and explore possible futures moving forward. 

Resources

The Academy has developed a range of resources for engaging people in exploring trends and emerging issues. Contact innovation.team@ifrc.org for further details on how to use the resources below.

Futures Scenarios Builders
Slide decks

Resources

The Academy has developed a range of resources for engaging people in exploring trends and emerging issues. Contact innovation.team@ifrc.org for further details on how to use the resources below.

Previous projects

The Solferino Academy utilizes a futures and foresight approach aiming to inject rigour, data, analysis and evidence that can help the organization understand trends that will impact its work into the future. This analysis is a way to help us think about the long-term issues and challenges associated with achieving a particular objective or to understand what a future operating environment may look like, and how we may need to respond.

The following participatory projects portray different ways of engage with the work the Solferino Academy has undertaken recently.

An online game about the future of humanitarian need

WhatFutures is a Massive Multiplayer Online Game played entirely through WhatsApp, where participants compete against each other in small teams to complete a series of challenges.

Rethinking the future of volunteering?

Volunteering is not only critical to the organisational model, affording a direct and intimate link with communities all over the world and enabling social, development and humanitarian action

The first humanitarian futures experiential exhibition

The following story exhibits speculative scenarios that reflect how global transformations might reconstruct the way we engage with communities, deliver our programmes, raise funds…

A volunteer-led research engagement

Talkfutures is a collaborative research tool that amplifies volunteers’ voices for collective decision-making.

Previous projects

The Solferino Academy utilizes a futures and foresight approach aiming to inject rigour, data, analysis and evidence that can help the organization understand trends that will impact its work into the future. This analysis is a way to help us think about the long-term issues and challenges associated with achieving a particular objective or to understand what a future operating environment may look like, and how we may need to respond.

The following participatory projects portray different ways of engage with the work the Solferino Academy has undertaken recently.

An online game about the future of humanitarian need

WhatFutures is a Massive Multiplayer Online Game played entirely through WhatsApp, where participants compete against each other in small teams to complete a series of challenges.

The first humanitarian futures experiential exhibition

The following story exhibits speculative scenarios that reflect how global transformations might reconstruct the way we engage with communities, deliver our programmes, raise funds…

Rethinking the future of volunteering?

Volunteering is not only critical to the organisational model, affording a direct and intimate link with communities all over the world and enabling social, development and humanitarian action

A volunteer-led research engagement

Talkfutures is a collaborative research tool that amplifies volunteers’ voices for collective decision-making.

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