RWJF's Pioneer Portfolio and Ashoka Changemakers share a passion for uncovering transformative ideas. For Pioneer, those ideas have to do specifically with solving thorny problems in health and health care in the U.S.
In 2007, RWJF's Pioneer Portfolio partnered with Ashoka Changemakers to launch a competition to seek out disruptive innovations in health and health care. Influenced by the thinking of Clay Christensen, the competition asked applicants to submit sustainable ideas with the potential to systemically transform health and health care and the ability to change the world. Sanjeev Arora was one of the winners, and Project ECHO captured the attention of the Foundation as a disruptive innovation and example of the type of ideas Pioneer continues to seek today.
RWJF's Nancy Barrand and Sanjeev Arora recently spoke about how Project ECHO came to RWJF and what makes it a “pioneering” idea. Read a snapshot of their conversation on Ashoka's RWJF Open Conversations website.