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Event Info

OC’s global, in-person unconference for impact leaders is back!

 

October 15-19, 2023

 

at our NEW location in

 

Miches, Dominican Republic

 

 

Here’s what to expect

All-inclusive 4 nights lodging & meals

Full access to leadership programs, including Leadership Circles, Conversations for Change, Capacity Building Clinics, mealtime Salons, Affinity Circles, and impromptu working groups

Organizational showcasing opportunities

Pre- and post-event networking concierge services

Transportation to and from the airport, internet fees, onsite recreation and resort fees

And…complimentary participation in OC365, monthly online touchpoints with fellow impact leaders, January through December

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

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

Participate in OC365

For over a decade, Opportunity Collaboration (OC) has convened social sector leaders building sustainable solutions to poverty from over 85 countries around the world. With the impacts of the global pandemic, the pause on in-person gatherings, the ever-increasing need for more effective poverty solutions, and the overwhelming demand we’ve heard from our community, we launched OC365, a monthly online convening platform for global impact leaders to foster global community, personal growth, and poverty solutions.

 

Everyone enrolled in OC2023 receives complimentary admission to OC365, gaining access to these core programs offered on a monthly basis:

 

Community Connections – personal sharing, “What’s it like to be you right now?”

 

How Can We Help You? – Delegates present challenges and/or opportunities for which they would like input

 

Affinity Circles ~ open, large format Delegate-hosted meetings for SDGs, regions and roles

 

Funder Office Hours ~ individual philanthropists, leaders from small to large foundations, angels, fund managers and institutional impact investors host opportunities for fund-seekers to ask any and all questions

 

Conversations for Change & Capacity-Building Clinics – dialogue (as opposed to formal presentation) on topics or issues of Delegate’s choosing, co-hosted by multiple Delegates

 

Serendipity Hour – no formal agenda but suggested discussion prompts, co-hosted by Fellowship Partner orgs

 

Once your registration in OC2023 is confirmed, you will receive calendar invitations with Zoom details for the monthly OC365 calls.

Conversations for Change & Co-Labs

Conversations for Change are extended, 90 minute work sessions in which Delegates describe specific objectives and common challenges around a central question, policy issue or theme. Conversations for Change include a broad range of poverty-alleviation actors: investors, grant-makers, for-profit social enterprises and non-profits. Delegates are asked to contribute their specific institutional expertise, explain their theory of social change and, most importantly, share what problem they are confronting that attracted them to the Conversation. Solutions are discussed by the group.

Co-Labs are two-part Delegate-led, facilitated invitation sessions focused on specific, tangible problems, with the goal to spark ideas and partnerships that help scale solutions to solve the SDGs. Changemakers illuminate a well-defined, relatable problem on which to collaborate with others to develop scalable solutions. Co-lab participants engage with creative, socially focused, solutions-oriented collaborators to co-create!

Boehm Media Clinics & One-on-One Business Support

The Boehm Media Fellows are offering a series of communications and business workshops to help you grow your impact and reach.

 

Boehm Media Clinics are highly instructional, professionally facilitated sessions that teach delegates new skills they can immediately use to enhance their work.

 

Boehm Media Office Hours and Happy Hours offer delegates two chances to ask highly qualified communications professionals for one-on-one support for their most pressing issues.

Identify your organization’s next growth move, make marketing plans, and get tips on everything from human-centered design practices to TikTok wins.

Making Change As... Sessions & Office Hours

During Making Change As… sessions, Delegates discuss the opportunities and challenges for different change leaders and social identities when creating impact. MAKING CHANGE AS… sessions are open dialogues. Everyone is invited to engage in the conversation, and share their unique challenges or opportunities within the context of their common identity.

Office Hours are hosted by funding organizations and Delegates offering a pro-bono service to the OC community. Delegates make themselves available during this time to connect with anyone who would like meet. Many funders host Office Hours so that anyone can drop by and ask them questions about their funding priorities and process. Pro-bono legal, financial, media and Board advisors may also be available.

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!

 

In Affinity Circles, Delegates who share a common affinity are invited to walk on beach, play mini-golf & ping pong, take out a giant group paddle board, try the trapeze, learn archery, and more. Affinity Circles provide Delegates time to meet others working in three key categories: the Sustainable Development Goals, geographic regions, and social sector roles. The primary objective of the Affinity Circle program is to help Delegates identify and connect with their most aligned allies for work and growth.

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

 

OC 2022 Affinity Circles (downloadable pdf version)

 

Leadership Circles

Core Activity for All Delegates

 

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

Collaboration Network News & Literature Library

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 15, 2022, Delegates should ideally send a H.264(.MOV) via a Drop Box link to Paul Lynch (paul@cagefreeproductions.com) and/or email Paul and his colleague, Stephanie (stephanie@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 on-site. 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.

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 2022 and prior Delegates may request introductions to each other at any time that is mutually productive. Search the 2022 Delegate Roster or the OC Alumni Directory 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 physical Delegate Roster with full contact information. You don’t need to exchange or carry business cards.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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 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 January 31, 2023 = $3550 | $2550 Early Bird Registration

 

February 1 to May 31, 2023 = $3995 | $2995 Standard Registration

 

June 1, 2023 = $4950 | $2995 Registration Subject to Availability

Delegate Suite-Sharing

The 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 4 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 (2 years to 15 years of age) in the room. As with all other hotel arrangements, book your extended stay with Tracie.

Cancellation Policies

After January 31, 2023, a $895.00 cancellation fee is applied for Delegate cancellations. No cash refunds are allowed after June 30, 2023, except in the case Opportunity Collaboration is cancelled by us due to natural catastrophe. If a Delegate cancels in July, August or September of 2023, the Delegate’s fee balance remaining (after the $895.00 cancellation fee) can be credited towards the OC 2024: to use the credit, the Delegate must register for OC 2024 prior to December 31, 2023; the credit will otherwise expire at the end of 2023. Delegate cancellations which occur after September 30, 2023 do not receive a credit towards OC 2024. Traveling Companion Fees, Private Room Upgrade Fee, Extended Stay Fee are non-refundable after September 30, 2023. 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 OC 2024. Delegates with partial scholarships and staff with pre-approved discounted registrations for the Opportunity Collaboration are not entitled to a refund.  To cancel, contact Tracie.

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 15, 2023.

The Collaboration commences that evening.

 

Departure date is October 19, 2023, anytime.

Important Note: Delegates departing before October 19, 2023, miss critical program and networking elements of the Opportunity Collaboration.

 

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

 

Dominican Republic Customs: Baggage is searched randomly. After securing your luggage, 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 customs & immigration, exit baggage claim and locate the Club Med desk.  Club Med Staff with signs who will take you to your shuttle for the 75-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 Theater) where you will check your mailbox for messages and receive your welcome packet with a personalized agenda and village map. Delegates can deliver organizational literature to the Literature Library, which is also in the Theater near the mailboxes.

Delegates dine together at Welcome Dinners hosted by Leadership Circle moderators at 7:00 PM in Cayuco, the main restaurant.  Join any table in the Blue or Emerald dining rooms.

Delegates who arrive after the Leadership Circle Welcome Dinners start, or who prefer to take their meals privately, can still dine at their leisure in Cayuco anytime between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM.

Flights

Airfare should be booked to and from Punta Cana Airport (airport code: PUJ). Here are Airlines with regular flights to and from Punta Cana.

 

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 15, 2023. Send your itinerary information as soon as you book your flight to: Tracie.

 

Delegates without prior shuttle service reservations will be responsible for paying their one-way taxi fare from the airport.

Visa Information

Passports for US Citizens Required. U.S. citizens must present a U.S. passport valid for 6 months after departure from the Dominican Republic. 

Visas for Non-U.S. Citizens Required. Most non-U.S. citizens traveling to the Dominican Republic 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 at our leadership campus in Miches, Dominican Republic. For extended stays or special requirements, contact Tracie.

 

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 healthy food options throughout the day. All meals, snacks, and beverages 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, wind-foiling equipment, yoga and trapeze instruction, basketball, softball, ping pong, volleyball, mini-golf, tennis, 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. Miches in September is tropical, balmy and hot with temperatures ranging from 70 to 90+ degrees F. Expect 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: +1 849 941 0201

 

Site Address: Michès Playa Esmeralda, 24000, Michès, République Dominicaine

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 is $895 OECD Country/$495 non-OECD Country and includes 4 nights lodging 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. To add your Adult Traveling Companion to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie.

 

Traveling Companions may attend all networking receptions and events, all recreational programs and all evening activities. However, 9am – 6pm daily – OC’s signature Leadership Circles, 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 Suite-Sharing Delegates (see Delegate Suite-Sharing).

 

While Delegates are in the daily Leadership Circles, 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: 2 Years to 15 Years

An all-inclusive $350 fee is required for children 2 years to 15 years of age 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. To make changes to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie.

 

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.

 

Family 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 Family 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 Family Fellowships, please email COO Jessica Loman.

COVID Policy

Opportunity Collaboration’s top priority is the health and wellbeing of the OC community. We ask all Delegates to assist in the wellness of our community at large. Onsite testing is available, as well as room service for quarantining, and resort insurance covering up to 75,000 EUR in medical expenses and extended stays due to positive COVID-19 cases.

 

Specific requests for OC2022 Delegates ~

 

MASK INDOORS | To protect the world leaders near you, please wear a mask when indoors.

 

PLEASE DON’T TOUCH | Red stickers on name tags mean that a Delegate prefers not to be touched. Not everyone is comfortable with hugging and handshakes right now. Please be respectful of others’ personal health and safety boundaries.

 

TEST IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS | Drop by the infirmary for a rapid COVID test. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE, PLEASE NOTIFY STAFF | Contact Opportunity Collaboration COO Jorian Wilkins at +1-303-905-1424, who can share free resources for quarantining, extending your stay as needed, and medical expense reimbursement (related information follows.)

 

ONSITE ASSISTANCE & EMERGENCY RESOURCES | What if I test positive for COVID-19?

 

Club Med resorts have integrated strict health & hygiene protocols through their Safe Together program to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the unfortunate event that you receive a positive test during OC2022, you will be asked to complete a self-isolation period at the resort that will be covered through Club Med’s Emergency Assistance Program.​

​After self-isolation at the resort, you will be tested again for COVID-19. If the result is negative, you will be able to travel.

​Expenses will be covered through the program for up to 10 days of self-isolation at the resort or if you develop more severe symptoms, you will be transported to a local hospital to receive treatment. Medical expenses will also be covered up to 75,000 EUR.

 

Emergency Assistance Program Details

In addition to Club Med’s Safe Together mission, implementing enhanced safety and hygiene measures in their resorts, their Emergency Assistance Program provides all guests traveling before December 31, 2023 with coverage for emergency medical expenses from their departure day and during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.

What is covered?​

  • In case of sickness related to COVID-19, all healthcare expenses during your stay are covered: COVID-19 tests, in-house medical visits, laboratory test costs, and medical expenses in case of hospitalization.​
  • In case of hospitalization, coverage will also apply for: housing cost for companion, and accompaniment of children. 
  • In case of quarantine: the assistance center will organize housing along with the Resort and in-house health personnel.​
  • If you miss your intended flight: the assistance center will take charge and organize a new return flight following the sanitary requirements established by the health team.

Costs covered in the event of a COVID-19 illness include:

  • Medical evacuation if the situation requires, and repatriation following illness according to the decision of the Medical Board of Europ Assistance.
  • Advance and/or reimbursement of Hospital expenses in the Dominican Republic, up to €75,000 including tax per beneficiary.
  • Additional reimbursement of Outpatient Medical Expenses in the Dominican Republic in the event of confirmed COVID-19, up to €500 including tax per beneficiary.
  • The cost of an extended stay at the hotel, including family, for 10 nights, in the event of confirmed COVID-19.

Read more about Club Med’s emergency assistance under Frequently Asked Questions here.

 

Delegates should consider purchasing their own international health insurance.

Read the CDC guidelines for travel to the Dominican Republic here.

 

OC’s COVID Policy (downloadable pdf version)

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’s Management Team.

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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.

OC Fellowship

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

 

OC 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.

 

OC 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: $3,450.00 registration scholarship (fellow pays $250.00 refundable deposit for the 4-night program, private accommodations and meals).

Family Fellowship

Family 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 Family 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 Family Young Fellowships, please email COO Jessica Loman.

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