PopTech and the Rockefeller Foundation are partners on a joint Fellows program that brings together small, interdisciplinary groups of five to six hand-selected designers, economists, technologists, artists and social innovators for a two-week immersion at the Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Center on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.
The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program is designed to be a unique incubator of unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaboration around critical topics relevant to the lives of poor and vulnerable populations, and also serves as a laboratory for the study of the nature of collaboration itself as a profound tool for creative problem-solving and solution development.
The 2014 program is focused on reinventing and democratizing livelihoods. The Fellows will explore how global economies are changing, the potential benefits and challenges of moving from big manufacturing to a distributed model, the opportunities unlocked by the emergence of sharing economies, and how to ensure citizens, in particular poor and vulnerable populations, are well prepared to participate in these ever-changing contexts. It will take place from 18 to 29 August 2014, and will be followed by a joint presentation at the PopTech conference in Camden, Maine, from 23 to 25 October 2014.
Fellows receive travel, lodging and facilitated support on-site as they work together to imagine new approaches to complex challenges.
The program is seeking candidates from relevant fields such as design, economics, technology, art and social innovation. A diverse cohort of Fellows will be chosen for their technical and creative excellence and their demonstrated ability to work and think across disciplines.
Candidates must have an easy working proficiency in English, as the Fellows program will be held in English. Nominations of candidates from and/or based in Africa, Asia, or Latin America are strongly encouraged.
Nominations of candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome. They may work in the for-profit, non-profit, academic, government or other sectors.
Candidates must be nominated through the online nomination form. Candidates may be self-nominated, or nominated by someone else.
Selections will be finalized in May 2014. Fellows will be informed of their status as soon as a decision has been made.