Here at the IIRC, we often get questions about how our unique coalition began. We tell our story often. The story starts with a problem that needed to be solved. In 2011, the problem was clear – if the insurance industry was to continue to grow, it needed to attract more skilled workers. At the heart of our story was the realization that no insurance company could have solved the problem alone. It took a coordinated approach focused on a common goal.
Building a coalition to solve a problem is not new. In fact, in 1840 French researcher Alexis de Tocqueville noted that “ ... Americans are a peculiar people. If, in a local community, a citizen becomes aware of a human need that is not met, he thereupon discusses the situation with his neighbors. Suddenly a committee comes into existence. The committee thereupon begins to operate on behalf of the need, and a new community function is established. It is like watching a miracle.”
Read more about the coalition that became the IIRC and forged a partnership with higher education in the latest edition of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s newsletter at: https://www.ohiohighered.org/connect-ed/5/2