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Event Info

Dates

October 13-18, 2019

 

Location

Club Med Cancún, Km. 21.5, Punta Nizuc – Zona Hotelera
Cancún, Q.R. 77500
Mexico

 

What To Expect

All-inclusive 5 nights lodging & meals, full access to leadership programs, capacity building clinics, working discussion groups, agenda roles, organizational showcasing opportunities, pre- and post-event networking concierge services, transportation to and from Cancun International  Airport (CUN), internet fees, onsite recreation and resort fees. Airfare is not included.

 

Pricing Information

$2,950 Suite Share

$4,950 Private Room

The difference with the Opportunity Collaboration is that everybody really does want to talk to everybody. Look for a table of 10 with 9 people in deep discussion. At the Opportunity Collaboration you will be very welcome to sit in that seat, and you’ll be welcomed in to the conversation. – Samantha Morshed, Founder and Director, Hathay Bunano
Opportunity Collaboration is one of the most unique conferences I've ever attended, full of heart and determination to solving global poverty. There are ample opportunities for networking and powerful conversations, and at the same time, there is space for self-reflection. - Jill Ultan, Producer, Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, USA & U.K.

Logistics

The entire purpose of the Opportunity Collaboration is to connect you with new people and new ideas. Come prepared to share best practices, illuminate partnership opportunities or reveal a current passion or innovative idea. Engage your fellow Delegates with your mission.

Ways To Engage

Propose a Session

The daily schedule comprises several Delegate-led sessions: two afternoon sessions and a capacity building lunch clinic.

 

Afternoon Sessions

90-minute afternoon sessions are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a session proposal (a topic/title and 2-3 guiding discussion questions) to Opportunity Collaboration’s COO, Jorian Wilkins (jorian@ocimpact.com), as soon as possible.

 

During afternoon sessions, social sector challenges and opportunities attract Delegates with similar interests. Each day, sessions have a different theme, enabling Delegates to connect along different lines:

 

•    Monday – SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) – e.g. Zero Hunger, Good Health, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Jobs, Clean Water + Sanitation, Clean Affordable Energy

 

•    Tuesday – Regions – e.g. East Africa, USA, Latin America, Urban Opportunities, Last Mile Challenges

 

•    Wednesday – Roles – e.g. Early-Stage Social Entrepreneurs, Grantmakers, Impact Investors, International NGOs, Innovation Institutions

 

•    Thursday – Cross-Sector Topics – e.g. The Power of Networks, Social Justice Entrepreneurship, Scaling: Standardization vs. Local Relevancy

 

Delegates leading sessions are called “catalysts” because the job is not to be a topic-expert with prepared points, but instead to ask questions that engage attending Delegates in conversation, allowing all participating Delegates to share their own expertise, questions and ideas on the topic at hand. Delegates are asked to investigate, brainstorm and imagine solutions within, between and across sectors, acting with generosity of spirit and a maximum amount of institutional cooperation.

 

Current topics and Delegate catalysts are posted on the Agenda.

 

Capacity Building Lunch Clinics

Two-hour capacity building lunch clinics are awarded to Delegates with a preference for previously popular clinics, requested topics, and returning versus first-time Delegates. Interested Delegates should submit a session proposal (a topic/title and 2-3 sentence description, including interactive workshop components) to Opportunity Collaboration’s COO, Jorian Wilkins (jorian@ocimpact.com), as soon as possible.

 

During capacity building lunch clinics, Delegates offer their professional development expertise in leadership coaching intensives. Clinics are assigned a large, dedicated restaurant section from noon to 2pm. A microphone is provided for Delegate catalysts, and a projector & screen can be arranged in advance for critical visual aids.

Guides

The Opportunity Collaboration is not only a sought-after annual gathering, but its Delegates, past and present, are an engaged, on-going community of high-powered leaders who are passionate about poverty alleviation. This community is defined by its culture of collaboration. The Guide program was designed to deepen the experience of new Delegates by fostering a more integrated participation across the Opportunity Collaboration, and therefore amplify new Delegates’ personal and professional outcomes, ensuring that every new Delegate arrives onsite aware of our unique culture, ready to listen, learn and succeed in their own agendas by asking fellow Delegates, “What can I do for you?”

 

Pre-event, Guide’s connect with new Delegates to understand their reasons for attending and discuss best practices for building relationships in the global Opportunity Collaboration network. Guides offer pre-event group conference calls to begin making connections and ensure all new Delegates arrive onsite with allies and resources. While working in Cancun, Guides will answer new Delegate’s questions and make productive introductions, as time permits given their simultaneous engagement as Delegates with their own important missions to accomplish.

Colloquium For The Common Good

Core Activity for All Delegates

 

The Colloquium for the Common Good is an essential aspect of the Opportunity Collaboration experience. In small groups, all Delegates participate in this core curriculum, creating a common experiential bond and shared set of learning.

 

The Colloquium is Opportunity Collaboration’s signature seminar on executive leadership, economic justice and the good society. The Colloquium addresses the principles that drive poverty alleviation and asks Delegates to think pragmatically about the nature of their leadership.

 

Click here for the 2018 Syllabus.

How To Showcase Your Mission

Host a session

Confirmed Delegates can lead afternoon sessions on Sustainable Development Goals, Regions, Roles and Cross-Sector topics to help them meet their peers and allies. Agenda opportunities are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (a topic/title and 2-3 guiding discussion questions) to Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (jorian@ocimpact.com), as soon as possible.

 

Submit a video for in-room news channel (Collaboration Network News)

Collaboration Network News (CNN) is the Opportunity Collaboration’s two on-site television channels. Both channels broadcast 24/7 via into each Delegate’s Leadership Village room during the Opportunity Collaboration, as well as in the theatre in the evenings. All Delegates are encouraged to include at least one video clip for each CNN channel. One CNN broadcasts a video montage of 2-5 minute educational videos introducing the unique work Opportunity Collaboration Delegates and their organizations are accomplishing to combat poverty. The second CNN channel features longer (up to 2 hour) documentary-style films by or about Delegates and their organizations, showcasing their work in richer detail.

 

To Submit Your Films: on or before August 31, 2019, Delegates should ideally send a H.264(.MOV) via a Drop Box link to Rebecca Anglin (rebecca@cagefreeproductions.com) and Paul Lynch (paul@cagefreeproductions.com) to ensure that we receive the best quality video.  We can also accept YouTube links, Vimeo links, etc.  For snail mail, addresses packages to Topher Wilkins at U.S. Postal Service Address: P.O. Box 757, Santa Cruz, California 95061, USA. FedEx / UPS / DHL Delivery Address: 850 Front Street #757, Santa Cruz, California 95061, USA.

 

Distribute printed materials via our literature library

Tables for Delegate organizational displays and literature are available everyday in the Conference Center. Delegates are encouraged to bring modest amounts of materials for distribution. Based on prior years experience, 25 copies of handouts are usually sufficient, as these materials are mainly for fellow Delegates to peruse on-site during the event.

Media Resources

Engage with leading media innovators and experts! This year at Opportunity Collaboration, the Boehm Media Fellows are offering daily media workshops and consultations to enhance your Media & Communications Strategy, including:

 

  • Capacity building clinics focused on building your messaging skills, audience and social media strategy.
  • Capacity building lunch clinics focus on communication strategies to distill your ask, build your brand, and create your social capitals.
  • Happy hour and consultations with Media Experts are your chance to pick the brains of media experts to solve your communication quandaries. You can ask a question, brainstorm solutions, and get tips on anything from pitching to storytelling. Experts in journalism, social media, PR, digital strategy, broadcast production, media literacy, & photography are all ready to help you.

 

Details on 2019 Boehm Media sessions will be in your agenda and in your mailbox upon arrival.  Learn more about each of the talented 2019 Boehm Media Fellows!

Affinity Circles

Opportunity Collaboration intentionally brings together leaders working on a diverse array of poverty solutions, crossing sectors, geographies and other work silos so Delegates can learn from each other’s successes and challenges around the globe. Of course, Delegates also appreciate time to meet others working in the same way (ROLE), on the same issues (Sustainable Development Goal) and/or in the same geographies (REGION). This is your chance!

 

If you are interested in joining an Affinity Circle, reach out directly to the Delegate(s) listed below and introduce yourself by sharing your interest in the work.

 

2019 OC GLOBAL AFFINITY CIRCLES:

 

ROLE

 

Impact Investors
John Berger & Andy Lower
john.berger@toniic.com, andylower@adapcapital.com

 

Social Entrepreneurs
Emily Lutyens
emily@legworks.com

 

Media
Kristi Ferrel
kristiferrel.boma@gmail.com

 

Academics
Allison O’Dowd
allison.dod@gmail.com

 

Indigenous Leaders
Kim Pate
kim@ndncollective.org

 

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL

 

Sustainable Agriculture (Zero Hunger) – SDG 2
John Meyers
john@meyersglobal.com
End hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture

 

Community Health – SDG 3
Robin Smalley & Jess Loman
robin.smalley@m2m.org, jessica.loman@gmail.com
Healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages

 

Mental Health/Disabilities – SDG 3
Jeanne Farr
jfarr@thenadd.org
Healthy lives and well-being for those with developmental disabilities and mental health needs

 

Education – SDG 4
Sarah Symons & Manjusmita Bagchi
sarah@herfuturecoalition.org, manjusmita.bagchi@gmail.com
Inclusive and equitable quality education for all

 

Gender Equality – SDG 5
Christina Madden
madden@criterioninstitute.org
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

 

Clean Water – SDG 6
James Harrington
james@ugandanwaterproject.com
Availability and sustainable management of clean water and sanitation for all

 

Affordable Clean Energy – SDG 7
Andrew Clark
andrew.clark@blueenergygroup.org
Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

 

Technology – SDG 9
Lizzie Kountze & Chris Ategeka
lizzie.kountze@gmail.com, chris@helloucot.com
The intended and unintended impact of technology

 

Forced Migration – SDG 10
Tina Sciabica & Jailan Adly
tina@readglobal.org, Jadly@RefuSHE.org
Human trafficking/modern slavery, displaced populations and building cohesion within refugee communities

 

Ethical Fashion: Responsible Consumption (Industry Innovation) – SDG 12
Steph Stephenson
steph@cordesfoundation.org
Inclusive and sustainable supply chains, responsible and ethical innovation within the fashion industry

 

Climate Action – SDG 13
Prakash Tyagi & Katherine Zavala
prakash@gravis.org.in, katherine@thousandcurrents.org
Combat climate change and its impacts

 

Partnerships for the Goals – SDG 17
Avary Kent & Sarah Sterling
avary@conveners.org, sarah@conveners.org
Strengthen the means of implementation for the SDGs

 

 

REGION

 

Latin America
Rosa Castizo
rosa.castizo@gmail.com

 

Africa
Josephine Gordon, Kofi Osei-Kusi & EJ Jacobs
jaynjeri@gmail.com, kofioseikusi@gmail.com, emplifyimpact@gmail.com

 

Haiti
Cathy Parrill
cparrill@gmail.comd

Networking Tips

Opportunity Collaboration’s global network of leaders dedicated to solving poverty is over 2,000 Delegates strong. Don’t wait to increase your impact – start working together now!

 

Connection Concierge Service: Confirmed 2019 and prior Delegates may request introductions to each other at any time that is mutually productive. Search the 2019 Delegate Roster for potential allies, and email CEO Topher Wilkins with your reason for requesting a personal introduction. Introductions are always made with Delegate’s advance permission.

 

Regional Receptions: Throughout the year, Delegates host private regional receptions for fellow Delegates and their colleagues to further exchange ideas and resources and introduce new high-impact leaders to our network. Email CEO Topher Wilkins if you’d like to host an Opportunity Collaboration reception in your city.

 

Delegate Lookbook: Delegates are provided with a directory onsite that contains Delegate photos and contact information to facilitate communications and follow-up on connections made during the Opportunity Collaboration.

 

Social Media: Join the continued discussion, give feedback, provide help, or just keep networking. Visit our Facebook page, share your OC photos on Instagram (@OCimpact) and Tweet (@OCimpact).

Community Aspirations
  1. We are a community built on inclusion and deep connections.​ We need not agree on everything, but we are committed to supporting each other’s growth and well-being as a community. 
  2. We use “I” statements and speak from our own lived experience. ​We speak for ourselves and not on behalf of anyone else. 
  3. We create and contribute to a culture of generosity and respect​. We treat each other with care.  
  4. We understand that every person in this community is on their own unique journey.​ We recognize that we all make mistakes. 
  5. We commit to showing up, for real.​ We encourage each other to bring the many facets of ourselves to our community.
  6. We do what we need to do.​ Introverts and extroverts are welcome. Time to process and reflect are built into the agenda, and we’re welcome to create more. If we need to take a break, take a walk, or call a friend, we will.   
  7. We each take responsibility for empathy and compassion. We welcome and include newcomers. 
  8. Our community is strengthened by our global diversity. We honor our diversity, and strive to reach a shared understanding across language barriers, cultures, and all our wonderful differences.

 

OC’s JEDI Circle thanks StartingBloc for generously sharing their community agreements, inspiring these aspirations.

Guidelines For Success

Themes, Topics, Issues, & You

Don’t hold back. The best sessions and captivating private conversations will be about what is important to you and your work.

 

• As an agent of social change, what are your most significant institutional goals and challenges?

 

• What is your organization’s theory of change and how do you measure results?

 

• What is your current strategy or business plan for financial sustainability and/or accountable impact?

 

• What emerging and promising opportunities to reduce poverty do you see in the marketplace?

 

• What types of partners or expertise do you require or seek to achieve your objectives(s)?

 

• How are you currently realizing new opportunities for global connections and new alliances?

 

• Do you have a collaborative or hybrid social change model that other Delegates can replicate or join in partnership?

 

To continue productive conversations after the Opportunity Collaboration, all Delegates receive a complete Delegate Roster with full contact information. You don’t need to exchange or carry business cards.

Diversity & Equality

We are a diverse group of change-makers with different racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, class, sexual, and gender backgrounds and orientations coming together to do what we can to make this world a better place for all.

 

We acknowledge working in a world with numerous divisions, and can’t pretend that all who come to this gathering are perceived as equal in social status in the world as it presently exists.

 

Absolutely all are welcome here.  But by welcoming all we don’t in any way wish to disavow or diminish the very real differences each of us embodies.

 

Like the potent, self-aware people we aim to be we intentionally foreground those differences. We name them clearly in order to recognize the very real historical power differentials that have resulted from those differences.

 

Our aim is not to hide, repress, or deny those differences, but to go through them to realize our personal and collective aims.

 

~ by OC 2016 Delegate Frederick Marx of Warrior Films

Ask The Big Question

Ask every Delegate: What is your mission? How can I help you advance it?

 

Be Yourself. Be Authentic. Be Evocative.

 

Share your passion with personal stories – the highs and the lows of your work. Make it personal. Make it real.

 

Be tangible. Provide other Delegates with the information needed to consider collaborating with you. If you were considering partnering or backing your organization, what would you want to know about it?

 

Honor the opinions of other Delegates by respecting the Opportunity Collaboration’s non-partisanship, confidentiality and informality.

Talking About Money

Some of us have money, some do not.  We meet at an all-inclusive resort in order to help minimize those class differences.  But some of us are donors and some of us seek donations. That’s real too.

 

Class, race, gender, etc. privileges all exist.  Some have more privileges, some less, but we most of us embody some combination of both.

 

We aim to acknowledge all our power differentials with each other up front so that each of us can refine her/his awareness and work with them, not in spite of them.

 

We also acknowledge how privileged all of us are simply to be able to attend this gathering.

 

So let us be the change we seek to make in the world.  Let us be leaders not only in our work outside Opportunity Collaboration, but in our work collaboratively as well.

 

Let us each bring our full awareness and most skillful means to acknowledging our differences and working with them during our time together, for our own benefit and for the benefit of all.

 

~ by OC 2016 Delegate Frederick Marx of Warrior Films

 

Whether you have money or want money, a few tips about framing intelligent conversations:

 

• Be candid. Funders can’t fund everything that is worthy and no anti-poverty program is the panacea. Save yourself and everyone else time by stating your agenda and focus.

 

• Failure never fails. Put forth what is working, what has failed and what you’ve learned. Your candor will be appreciated, and you will win converts to your cause.

 

• Keep it short. Be concise and get to the point. Don’t preach.

 

Your fellow Delegates, especially funders, are thought leaders and much more than the sum of their bank accounts. Avoid performing wallet biopsies on other Delegates. It disrespects the spirit of the Opportunity Collaboration to monetize every conversation.

Raise The Bar, Aim High

Every Delegate shares your commitment to economic justice. All are seasoned veterans and distinguished leaders in the anti-poverty movement. Delegates appreciate comments and presentations that are demanding, challenging and sophisticated.

 

• Avoid generalities. Employ concrete examples, explain business models and provide clear theories of social change.

 

• Keep it simple and straightforward. Avoid jargon.

 

• Don’t talk about “me” and what you have achieved. It’s a given that all Opportunity Collaboration delegates are accomplished people.

 

• Don’t hesitate to discuss failures. Some of the best learning comes from what doesn’t work.

Suggestions For Dynamic Sessions

All sessions are conversational discussions, not lectures, formal presentations or panels. Powerpoint and other electronic aids are not available.

 

• Introductions should be the first order of business

 

• Start with a question, rather than your own presentation to stimulate participation

 

• Be concrete rather than theoretical

 

• Follow the conversation; don’t force it to go in a predetermined direction

 

• Don’t step on other speakers

Ego Control

Collaboration is not just a matter of playing nicely with others. It is an element of structural reform which can reduce organizational dysfunction. Institutional silos (such as entrepreneurs vs. nonprofits, governments vs. foundations, funders vs. grantees) block pragmatic problem-solving. Pack your ideas and solutions, but leave your institutional baggage (and your ego) behind.

Participate To The Max

The Opportunity Collaboration forms an extraordinary community of life-time allies and personal friendships. Leave even one day early (yes, we know, the home office can’t live without you, but neither can we) and you will miss the final moments when handshakes and hugs form the foundation for future collaboration.

No Second-Class Citizenship

All the paid and pro bono staff members are, like you, full Delegates of the Opportunity Collaboration. There is no hierarchy, and no levels of membership. Everyone you meet is committed to social & economic justice for all and is attending the Opportunity Collaboration to learn and share.

Health & Wellness

Collaborate yourself! Drink water and get some rest; you are in the tropics. You are not expected to attend every seminar, every round table and every stimulating program. Take a nap, take a walk, take care of yourself.  Have fun!

Getting There

Fee Schedule, Private Room | Suite-Sharing

Prior to December 31, 2018 = $3450 | $2500 Early Bird Registration

 

January 1 to June 30, 2019 = $3950 | $2950 Standard Registration

 

July 1 to September 30, 2019 = $4950 | $2950 Registration Subject to Availability

Delegate Suite-Sharing

The $2500.00 ($2950.00 after December 31st) Suite-Sharing Delegate fee includes full Delegate standing. Each suite has two separate bedrooms (one with a king bed, one with two twins) that may share a common bathroom. Delegates can request a specific suite-mate, or Opportunity Collaboration staff will pair together single Delegates electing to enroll at the suite-sharing rate.

Extended Stays

Lodging for extended stays before or after the pre-paid 5 nights is $425.00 per night (up to two people per room, including meals). An additional $100 per night will be charged for each child in the room. As with all other hotel arrangements, book your extended stay with the Opportunity Collaboration Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

Cancellation Policies

After January 1, 2019, a $850.00 cancellation fee is applied for Delegate cancellations.  No cash refunds are allowed after June 30, 2019, except in the case Opportunity Collaboration is canceled by us due to natural catastrophe.  If a Delegate cancels in July, August or September 2019, the Delegate’s fee balance remaining (after the $850.00 cancellation fee) can be credited towards the 2020 Collaboration: to use the credit, the Delegate must register for the 2020 Collaboration prior to December 31, 2019; the credit will otherwise expire at the end of 2019.  Delegate cancellations which occur after September 30, 2019 do not receive a credit towards the 2020 Collaboration.  Traveling Companion Fees, Private Room Upgrade Fee and Extended Stay Fees are non-refundable after September 30, 2019.  If Opportunity Collaboration is cancelled by us due to natural catastrophe, Delegates will receive either a cash refund or, at the option of the Delegate, a credit towards the 2020 Collaboration.  To cancel, contact the Opportunity Collaboration Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

Sustainable Funding Model

Opportunity Collaboration is a mission-driven social enterprise. Opportunity Collaboration exists to further the work of leaders ending poverty, in the United States and globally, and heavily invests in Fellowships. Because Delegates make the Opportunity Collaboration financially sustainable without subsidies from outside sources, Delegates are the only stakeholders. The network serves one purpose alone: increasing social justice and economic opportunity – no sponsors, no paid promotions, and no gimmicks.

Scheduling & Arrival

Scheduling Travel.

Arrival day for ALL Delegates is October 13, 2019.

The Collaboration commences that evening.

 

Departure date is October 18, 2019, anytime.

 

Important Note: Delegates departing before October 18, 2019, miss critical program and networking elements of the Opportunity Collaboration.

 

Attire and Packing. For information on packing, attire, weather, etc., see Venue Information below.

 

Mexican Customs. Baggage is searched randomly. After securing your luggage, Mexican customs officials will ask you to push a button. If the light flashes green, you have cleared customs without a luggage search. If a red light flashes, your bags will be searched.

 

After Customs. After exiting Mexican customs, follow the signs for “Ground Transportation”.  Opportunity Collaboration and resort staff with signs will greet you and take you to your shuttle for the 20-minute trip to the leadership village.

 

Upon Arrival. At the leadership village, you and your luggage will be escorted directly to your room via the Communications Center (near the central patio) where you will check your mailbox for messages and receive your welcome packet with a personalized agenda and village map. Plan to visit the Conference Center where you can deliver organizational literature to the Literature Library. Dinner with open seating is 6:30pm to 8:30pm followed by the Welcome Reception.

Flights

Airfare should be booked to and from Cancún International Airport (airport code: CUN).

 

Airlines with regular flights to and from Cancún:

  • Aeroméxico: 800- 800-9999
  • United Airlines: 800-523-3273
  • Interjet: 866-285-9525
  • Southwest Airlines: 800-435-9792
  • jetBlue:  800-538-2583
  • Delta Airlines: 800-221-1212

 

Submit Flight Itinerary. Important Note: Flight information must be submitted in advance to reserve complimentary airport shuttle service. Delegates must finalize and submit an air travel itinerary on or before September 30, 2019. Send your itinerary information as soon as you book your flight to: Tracie Hudgins.

 

For Delegates without prior shuttle service reservations, the one-way taxi fare from the airport is approximately $60.00.

Visa Information

Passports for US Citizens Required. U.S. citizens must present a U.S. passport valid for 6 months after departure from Mexico. This is Mexican law. 

Visas for Non-U.S. Citizens Required. Most non-U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico will require a visa. Secure your visa immediately. The process for obtaining a visa can be lengthy.

Venue Information

Opportunity Collaboration makes all arrangements for hotel accommodations. The leadership campus has 436 rooms. For extended stays or special requirements, contact the Opportunity Collaboration Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

 

Room Features & Cuisine. All rooms are equipped with king-size beds, air conditioning, safes, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, mini-bar, television and standard North American electrical outlets. Complimentary, but sometimes patchy, internet service is available. The leadership village serves three healthy buffets daily. All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, and beer are included in the all-inclusive Delegate fee.

 

Health, Fitness & Safety. The leadership campus is a guarded enclave restricted to Delegates and hotel staff. Water is safe to drink. A nurse is on duty in the infirmary every day, around the clock. The all-inclusive Delegate fee includes complimentary use of all health and wellness facilities, including the gymnasium, tennis courts, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing equipment, yoga and trapeze instruction, basketball, softball, ping pong, volleyball, archery and more.

 

Attire. The Collaboration atmosphere is relaxed, unhurried, informal and conducive to quiet conversation and dialogue. For daytime sessions and meals, Delegates should consider shorts, t-shirts and sandals suitable to tropical weather. For evenings, dressy resort attire is appropriate.

 

Weather. Cancun in October is tropical, balmy and hot with temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees F. Expect some humidity and light afternoon rain showers.

 

Special Items to Pack. Sunglasses, sun block, mosquito repellant and a hat are desirable. Comfortable shoes are advised. For sports, bring swimsuits, suitable sportswear and gear. For evening jam sessions, bring your musical instruments.

 

Emergency Contact Information. The Collaboration’s leadership village is rented from the Club Méditerranée corporation. Please remember to contact Opportunity Collaboration for all hotel arrangements.

 

Site Emergency Phone: (+52) 998 881 8200

 

Site Address: Club Med Cancún, Km. 21.5, Punta Nizuc – Cancún, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico.

Travelling Companions

The Opportunity Collaboration is family friendly and welcomes family members and significant others to accompany Delegates.

 

The Adult Traveling Companion all-inclusive registration fee includes 5 nights lodging (standard hotel double occupancy – king size bed) and all meals, resort facilities and airport shuttle. Airfare and other personal expenses not included. To bring an Adult Traveling Companion, the primary Delegate must be registered for a private room. Register here or to add your Adult Traveling Companion to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

 

Traveling Companions may attend all networking receptions and events, all recreational programs and all evening activities. However, 9am – 6pm daily – OC’s signature Colloquium, Capacity Building Lunch Clinics and afternoon SDG, Region, Role and Cross-Sector Sessions – are reserved for full Delegates only. Companions who wish to participate in these programs should register as full Delegates ($2950.00, standard hotel double occupancy). See Delegate Suite-Sharing.

 

While Delegates are in the daily Colloquium, Capacity Building Lunch Clinics and afternoon SDG, Region, Role and Cross-Sector Sessions, Traveling Companions may at their own expense use the spa services or arrange offsite excursions ranging from golf, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins to cultural explorations. Spa and excursion appointments can be made upon arrival; fees vary by activity.

 

Children: 15 Years or Younger

An all-inclusive fee is required for children 15 years of age or younger and includes all lodging, meals, resort access, airport shuttles, and complimentary childcare from 9am-5pm for children 4-12 years old. Children 16 years of age and older are considered Adult Traveling Companions. To bring an Adult Traveling Companion or child, the primary Delegate must be registered for a private room. Register here or to make changes to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

 

Family accommodations are equipped with strollers, cribs, baby bathtubs, bottle warmers and sanitizers, white noise players and changing areas. Family-friendly dining, beach and pool areas are designated for Delegates with children. For families with younger children, high chairs, booster seats and baby food are available.

 

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver at all times during the Opportunity Collaboration. A supervised recreational program for 4-12 year olds is available from 9am to 5pm. For children under 4, childcare at the onsite nursery is available on a fee basis.

 

Sangster Young Fellowships support the attendance of children from nations around the globe at Opportunity Collaboration by providing registration fees for children and their accompanying Delegate parents from developing countries. The purpose of the Sangster Young Fellowship program is to foster lifelong connections between children around the world, so they may someday engage in world-changing work together as true peers, bonded by childhood friendship. Parents of awardees lead OC Just Kids Workshops to engage children in stories and cultural activities from their home countries. To inquire about Sangster Young Fellowships, please email COO Jorian Wilkins.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Introduction

At Opportunity Collaboration, we envision a world where everyone is treated fairly and equally. We know that is not yet the world that we live in, and acknowledge that there is power and privilege that we must work to address to level the playing field.

 

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harm and harassment. Opportunity Collaboration reserves the right to decline Delegate status to anyone violating this policy. This policy is shared on the website and every Delegate receives written information onsite about how to report negative experiences, along with a list of individuals who can respond to concerns.

Guidelines

We seek to live our values in community, as demonstrated through our words and actions. We seek to create a space where everyone feels supported to show up as their best self and share their unique contributions with one another. We believe that we create our best work in the world in an environment where everyone can thrive. We seek to support our Delegates in being present with one another in a way that dismantles oppressive systems present in society at large.

 

To create a space where everyone feels welcomed and supported, we ask all Delegates in our community to follow these guidelines:

 

  • Respect others. We respect every person and prioritize personal development in ourselves and others. Respectful behavior includes listening before speaking and asking questions rather than assuming intentions. It means respecting others as they seek to build meaningful connections, and entering into private meetings or conversations only when invited, or after asking permission.
  • Assume the best. If you have been offended or hurt by someone’s words or actions, seek first to understand their intentions and meaning (if you feel it is appropriate and that you can do so safely).
  • Respect your own needs. Pay attention to your own needs. Stand up for yourself if you have been treated unfairly, or ask for help or clarification. Take the time or space you need to be fully present and rested.
  • Engage in constructive dialogue. We bring together people from many different walks of life. Recognize that someone else’s frame of reference is likely to be different from your own. When conflicts arise, see what you can learn from another’s point of view.
  • Do not harass others, and do your part to prevent and stop harassment. Contribute not only through refraining from engaging in harassing behavior yourself, but by standing beside and in support of others who you see experiencing forms of harassment.
What is harassment?

What is harassment? Harassment can be verbal, physical, or emotional. Harassment includes:

 

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, citizenship status or religion.
  • Use or abuse of a position of privilege or power to manipulate or extort others into doing something about which they are hesitant or uncomfortable (i.e. meeting in a location or in attire that is not professional).
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Unsolicited or off-topic sexual images, references, behavior, or advances.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Coercion, pressure, or repeated suggestions to engage in the consumption of alcohol or drugs.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Deliberate misgendering.
  • Stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent.
  • Publication of private communications.
Reporting Process

If you are involved in or witness any wrongful conduct at OC, we encourage you to notify us. Request Opportunity Collaboration staff support at the hotel reception, or email leadership@ocimpact.com.

 

Emails are treated confidentially and received by OC CEO + COO, Topher & Jorian Wilkins, OC Colloquium Lead, Akaya Windwood, and OC Co-Chairs, Ron & Marty Cordes.

Singularly amazing way to meet like-minded people who can help you move forward in whatever initiative you may have regarding social impact. Done how it should be done: through serendipity, friendships, and a human connection - rather than a cold, direct, transactional approach. - Roger Lacayo, Tip4Good

Fellowships

Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and journalists engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises registration scholarships to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. Fellowships open doors, minds and networks, enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new leaders, and infuse collaborative discussions with a diversity of experience and perspectives. Financial need is a primary consideration.

 

Fellows are responsible for their own travel costs, itinerary, and documentation.

Cordes Fellowship

Cordes Fellows are high-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit executives with a demonstrated commitment to building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice.

 

Cordes Fellows selected from non-OECD countries (developing economies) receive a $2,950 award (fully covering their OC registration) and pay a refundable $250 administration fee, which is returned after the non-OECD fellow attends OC.

 

Cordes Fellows from OECD countries (developed economies) receive a $2,100 award (partially covering their OC registration) and pay a $850 registration fee.

Boehm Media Fellowship

Boehm Fellowships provide journalists, storytellers, authors, bloggers, writers, editors, filmmakers, and other media experts at the helm of social innovation with a major focus on poverty alleviation and injustice the opportunity to participate as Delegates.

 

Award: $3,100.00 registration scholarship (fellow pays $850.00 registration fee for 5-night program, private accommodations and meals).

Sangster Fellowship

Sangster Young Fellowships support the attendance of children from nations around the globe at Opportunity Collaboration by providing registration fees for children and their accompanying Delegate parents from developing countries. The purpose of the Sangster Young Fellowship program is to foster lifelong connections between children around the world, so they may someday engage in world-changing work together as true peers, bonded by childhood friendship. Parents of awardees lead OC Just Kids Workshops to engage children in stories and cultural activities from their home countries. To inquire about Sangster Young Fellowships, please email COO Jorian Wilkins.

I usually connect to people in conferences, but not at such a personal level; I usually go to conferences in nice places, but definitely not this nice; I usually learn in conferences, but not this much especially about myself; I usually collaborate with other people at conferences, but never with such intent; I usually have fun in conferences, but never close to this! - Leonardo Letelier, Founder & CEO, Sitawi, Brazil