The Thought Leadership and Innovation Program is an intentional search for dramatic breakthroughs and leapfrog sustainability initiatives. It is motivated by the Foundation’s belief that important incremental environmental gains in recent decades have not kept pace with the scale of the losses suffered. It seeks to identify structural or systemic barriers to meaningful progress, and to set in motion actions and initiatives intended to surmount them. It seeks powerful leverage, embraces high-risk bets, and encourages bold attempts to look over the horizon and anticipate future challenges. It addresses issues that present themselves at multiple geographic and temporal scales. And, it serves as an incubator of big ideas worthy of Bullitt Foundation program engagement and financial support.
The program will be developed in 2016 and implemented by Spring 2017. Note that the Foundation will not entertain unsolicited grant inquiries or proposals during the development period.
The Foundation anticipates this program will operate in a somewhat non-traditional manner with active staff engagement and a modest grant portfolio that is substantially augmented with an array of other program elements. These may include contracts, sponsored meetings, workshops, commissioned papers, lectures, fellowships and other elements not yet identified.