Our Journey

2003 – The Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) is established at the Kellogg School of Management. It is a platform for ongoing collaboration among faculty, corporate innovation leaders, nonprofits and government. The KIN facilitates strategy and management dialogue to promote innovation-led economic, social and environmental prosperity.

2011 – Over lunch at an annual KIN meeting, Mark Cutifani and Peter Bryant germinated the seed that would become the KIN Catalyst Mining Company of the Future (KIN Catalyst) that ultimately led to The Framework.

2012 – KIN curated and facilitated a multi-stakeholder gathering to envision the Mining Company of the Future. It concluded with participants wanting the mining industry to unequivocally accept the need for a new operating model to ensure long-term profitability and success. The Development Partner Working Group was formed.

2012 – A working group convened several times in Chicago to discuss ideas on how to move mining towards a more effective model of sustainable development. The first iteration of The Framework was built over the next few months and presented to the working group in December 2012 and continued their work until late 2013.

April 2013 – The KIN Catalyst: was awarded a silver medal in the category of “Collaborative Innovation” by the prestigious Edison Awards.

2012-13 – To test and validate The Framework, sustainability leaders at major organizations were consulted. Each had to transform their operating models to maintain their licenses to operate amid increased societal and environmental performance expectations from governments, nonprofits and the public.

September 2013 – At the first Day of Reflection, more than twenty CEOs and Chairpersons were hosted at the Vatican by Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, for a Day of Reflection. This was followed by a similar session in October 2014 hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the Methodist Church. The second Day of Reflection was hosted at the Vatican in September 2015.

December 2014 – The Ford Foundation held an event in New York, hosted by it’s President Darren Walker, to publicly unveil the Development Partner Framework paper. Over 100 leaders from business, NGO, government, investor, academic, indigenous, community organizations and media attended.

 December 2016 – Building on the work done to date by through the KIN, the Development Partner Institute (DPI) is established.