We imagine Oregon’s leaders regularly employing the Oregon iSector as a platform for initiating and conducting successful public – private – civic partnerships to address crucial issues. We will assist leaders in overcoming the barriers that prevent working easily and effectively across sectors. The Oregon iSector will enable leaders to work together productively to leverage their resources and capabilities to create innovative solutions to complex social, environmental, and economic problems.
Why iSector Partnerships are Needed
The complexity of many issues we face today — health care, housing, climate change, economic recovery, etc. – can no longer be addressed by any sector acting alone. We have learned that piecemeal and siloed responses are not sufficient to get at these kinds of problems.
These challenging issues often require concerted, joint action sometimes over a long period of time. Leaders must look beyond their own boundaries for opportunities to leverage external resources and expertise to address these challenges. There is increasing recognition that the private and civic sectors need to be working with the public sector to address these pressing issues.
Government, foundations, and for-profit companies collectively have sufficient capital and talent. What is needed is an entity to broker partnerships among them, providing the expertise and support that will achieve greater outcomes for Oregon communities.
A new organization, the Oregon iSector, has been formed to serve as a broker, host, and advocate for successful integrated partnerships.
Key Elements of Oregon iSector Partnerships
- Partners from the public, private, and civic sectors achieve greater impacts by leveraging and integrating their talents and resources.
- Co-conveners from different sectors share leadership which is critical to innovation and to sustaining the energy and commitment necessary to carry out long term plans and achieve the desired outcomes.
- Oregon iSector partnerships are conducted according to a set of principles and practices that enable the sectors to work together more effectively to produce successful outcomes.
Issues that Lend Themselves to Oregon iSector Partnerships
Complex issues like adequate and affordable childcare, mental health and addiction, building an inclusive economy, forest health and restoration, and the revitalization of rural communities and underserved urban communities – are all candidates for future Oregon iSector partnerships.