Learn about our initiatives
How we use initiatives to accomplish our work
Joint Venture is often referred to as a “think tank,” a common term for a body of experts providing advice and ideas on specific political or economic problems. At Joint Venture, we prefer the term “think and do tank.” Along with providing data and guidance on our region’s economic and community challenges, we take action on the most pressing issues by launching initiatives. For each initiative we create a plan, form a working group or task force led by board and community champions who convene to assess the need, and then carry out the necessary activities toward a solution.
The lifecycle of an initiative
All Joint Venture initiatives begin with a specific mission and identifiable goals and then are carried out to their logical conclusion. Successful initiatives culminate with their goals achieved. Others, after incubation by Joint Venture, ultimately transfer to partner organizations for long-term administration. Still others cannot reach the desired outcome due to a variety of circumstances. In all cases, we analyze the steps taken, the data collected, the accomplishments and the shortcomings, and then report the results of completed initiatives to our board and to the community.
Our current initiatives
Improving broadband in Silicon Valley
Improving wireless network infrastructure in Silicon Valley
Working to end gasoline use in the Silicon Valley promptly, equitably, and smoothly
Working to bring California’s climate targets and policies into alignment with current science
Public Sector Climate Task Force
Developing effective solutions for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Achieving individual and regional economic development goals
Transforming the El Camino Real Corridor into a people friendly place
Working to create a relationship-based ecosystem that supports a Silicon Valley economy where all families can thrive
Silicon Valley Food Recovery
Recovering edible food before it burdens landfills and distributing the surplus to people in need
Our recently completed initiatives
A La Carte
A fleet of trucks staffed by trained personnel who gather prepared and packaged food from corporate and university campuses for delivery to people in need.
Alliance for Teaching
Developed a range of efforts that addressed challenges facing K-12 public school teachers in Silicon Valley
United local governments, businesses and institutions in defining and deploying initiatives that address long range environmental challenges.
A regional, cross-boundary initiative in the area of disaster planning and emergency preparedness
A symposium to showcase and monitor progress and new developments of the Storage industry
The Manzanita Talks
Talks to explore the logic of cross-sector collaboration to address traffic challenges.
Silicon Valley Talent Partnership
Tackling some of the region's problems by leveraging the abundance of human capital from Silicon Valley's distinguished corporations
Overcoming the barriers inherent in applying information technology to healthcare
Renewable Energy Procurement (REP)
Regional, multi-agency collaborative purchases of renewable energy for public agency facilities
Addressed new and existing buildings, from the planning stage to operations, to identify opportunities to save resources and money
Provided workforce development services for employers and job seekers in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties