Earlier today, two crowdsourced networking organizations serving the Midwest announced that the Bush Foundation is making a new investment in their efforts to “spark regional transformation through digital and physical convenings.”
The two organizations, OTA and Pollen, will merge and combine resources to offer Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota a world-class network of individuals, organizations, communities and ideas.
Over the past five years, OTA has formed a movement dedicated to “connecting the disconnected” throughout the region. The OTA series of events brings together the region’s best and brightest along with world thought leaders to share insights and expertise, develop relationships and create limitless possibility.
During the same time period, Pollen has grown to become the Twin Cities’ largest digital network of civic-minded connectors. The content is crowdsourced and created by a cross-sector community focused on elevating the personal and professional growth of its members.
Earlier this summer, each organization was approached by the Bush Foundation about working together to explore ways to further develop their unique platforms.
“Isolated leaders are a barrier to effective community problem solving,” said Jennifer Ford Reedy, president of the Bush Foundation. “Our region has a number of leadership hubs and networks that struggle to build and maintain connections among their members. Very little has been done to build connections across these groups. That’s where OTA and Pollen can think bigger, think differently and spark regional transformation—by becoming the leading digital and physical network of networks.”
With this new support from the Bush Foundation, the three states can expect dramatically scaled in-person experiences and a substantial infusion in the region’s creative freelance market.
In the next 6 months, OTA-Pollen will file for its official nonprofit status, form a board of directors and undergo a unified branding process. Visit the organization’s new website to learn more, and look for a lot more to come from this new collaboration in the months and years ahead.