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From the outset, the goal of P3 Intelligence has been to leverage partnerships and collaborations to maximize impact, and the beginning of 2014 has yielded exciting advancements to that end. Natalie Pregibon, Concordia’s Director of P3 Intelligence (P3i), began the year by traveling to Washington, D.C. to brief individuals from various departments at the U.S. Department of State on the Concordia Index. Hosted by Secretary Kerry’s Global Partnership Initiative, the session focused on how to use Concordia’s research to identify and capitalized on opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s). The briefing strengthened the growing relationship between P3i and the U.S. Department of State.

Soon thereafter, Natalie joined U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Andrew O’Brien on a delegation of U.S. investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, members of the Irish diaspora, and representatives from academia and civil society to Limerick, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland January 27 – 30. The delegation was part of a new public-private State Department initiative: Partnership Opportunity Delegations (PODs). The Ireland-Northern Ireland POD focused on cross-sector collaboration to promote overall economic empowerment through innovations in education, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and support for entrepreneurship.


After the trip, Natalie sat down with participants of the POD on a Google+ Hangout to discuss key takeaways from their trip and how to best utilize P3s in burgeoning economies.

Over the past few months, P3i and the Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business have been receiving submissions for the first annual P3 Impact Award. The award recognizes P3s that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways. The award seeks to highlight best practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. Through the award, Concordia and IBiS seek to spark a new generation of partnerships for sustainable and scalable solutions. The emphasis is placed on global well-being because we hold the belief that partnerships move us even closer to solving the world’s most intractable problems. Submissions close at the end of May and the winning P3 will receive:


      • A published case study intended to pass along key insights
      • A week-long Darden Executive Education course
      • Opportunity to share their experiences with hundreds of government, business, and nonprofit leaders at The Concordia Summit in 2014.


In addition to adding twenty new countries to the Index and publishing five new case studies, P3i has been busy highlighting and developing solutions that are sustainable and scalable.