The British Council commissioned the Big Conversation’s Pilot Study to convene research and dialogue on shared values, advance wider understanding of the role of values in international cooperation, as well as develop new evidence-based approaches which can enhance trust and understanding between different people, leading to more effective cooperation on shared global challenges.
Route to engagement
LSE Consulting routinely monitors several tender portals. One of our strategies is to focus on clients that work on issues related to the academic research conducted at LSE. This is how LSE Consulting found this opportunity, found a team to bid, and successfully submitted a proposal.
As a result of this initial engagement, LSE Consulting has forged a strong working relationship with the British Council which has led to new projects being commissioned.
Importance and impact
The project highlighted a number of implications for cultural institutions, including the importance of evidence-based approaches to building connections, understanding, and trust internationally; the importance of convening dialogue among their diverse networks; how research organisations can form effective partnerships with cultural institutions to generate innovative new research on global values and soft power; and how cultural institutions represent the values of open societies and should embed these systematically at the heart of their purpose, strategy, and programming.
Contacts and partnerships developed
This project is an example of a strong working relationship with a client, contributing to a long-term engagement, further opportunities, and successful projects.
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