Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program
Accelerating Innovation and Leading Change in Ocean Management
We empower innovators and changemakers to tackle complex problems in marine conservation and ocean management in China, the Pacific, and around the world.
Why we care
Our ocean generates the air we breathe, provides the food we eat, and regulates the climate for the earth, but it is at risk. Among all the different approaches to saving our ocean, we focus on the people, specifically the emerging leaders in non-profits and social enterprises. In our program, we call them the Blue Pioneers. We help build the capacity of our Blue Pioneers for complex problem-solving and leading in challenging environments.
How we do it
The Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program has two cornerstones: the Raw Case Studies and the Collaborative Experiments, delivered through two weeks of in-person classes, field trips, and networking events in the Bay Area of California. We share knowledge and experiences with each other and with inspiring practitioners and academics from leading organizations in Silicon Valley and Central Coast California. Program participants will also become part of the growing global Blue Pioneers network with over 100 members now.
Raw Case Study
Raw Case Study takes a form that is distinctly different from those of lecture teaching or traditional case studies. We partner with renowned organizations to incorporate some of their toughest, real-time problems into raw cases and use them for experiential learning of the complex problem solving methodologies. The Blue Pioneer Fellows are expected to develop real-world solutions within a short time and obtain feedback directly from our raw-case sponsors.
Collaborative Experiment Fund
As the second iteration of real-world problem solving within a short time, the Blue Pioneer Fellows will have the opportunity to propose, compete, and win a grant to kick off solutions to problems that challenge themselves or their own organizations. The Collaborative Experiment Fund is a dedicated grant fund to serve the Fellows who make sure the most deserving experimental projects will obtain the funding through an innovative peer-selection process.
What our Blue Pioneers say...
"It does accelerate many things from networking to my personal skills. I wish there would be more programs like BPP Accelerator in the future, and more people can feel what I feel!"
- Retno Ningrum
"Stepping outside of our usual foci for some time was refreshing. We came back to our work afterwards with renewed energy and clarity of vision."
"A truly meaningful learning experience and wonderful engagement opportunity with the other Fellows! Believe me - the COVID-19 pandemic could not beat the great chemistry and amazing ideas"
- Mariska Adeline Sukmajaya
"The program enables Fellows to rediscover what we can do to create a healthy ocean through system thinking and design thinking. It has increased my capacity and skill development in order to drive change for our ocean."
"Such an excellent program for empowering me to discover the great resources available, enable me to stretch the limits of my talents, inspiring me to solve the wicked problems of marine conservation, and helping me build a true teamwork spirit through working with those beautiful people from the cohorts and faculty."
- Wenting (Michelle) Zhang
"Awesome experience for me personally. It brings a breath of fresh air and many innovative ideas to me. I got more energy and expanded horizon for saving our oceans from this program."
-Zhengguang (Luka) Zhu