The traditional model of grant making has been the "Please Sir, can I have some more?" Where a charity comes in with an ask to help the organization move forward on a project. Very rarely do we see organizations truly collaborate on the funding application side, let alone on the implementation side.
This model is being challenged by a new wave of philanthropists where they are convening group discussions with multiple organizations, other funders, government representatives, front-line workers (i.e. store owners and beat cops) and end-users (those directly impacted by the problem and potential solution). These round-table meetings are effective because it creates a safe space for organizations and funders to really dig deep and explore the issue beyond the presenting problem.
A lab is convened either by the Funder who wants to explore an issue further, or by an organization (for-profit or non-profit) that recognizes the solution is beyond just a cash contribution.
If money were the solution, we would have solved these problems a long time ago.
The conversations happen in the white spaces to get to the root issue. From there a solution can be designed.
What are the white spaces that you are exploring?