We build global and local networks to change systems, models and narratives
In our time of growing uncertainty, the world lacks common cultural practices to create a better future. We want to see a world where people are ready and able to learn from others and explore new insights with them. Our mission is to create intercultural spaces where globally connected people learn and explore collectively.
We know that deep change occurs only by acting both on individuals and systems, and we know that local and global actions need to be taken in parallel. A core part of our work has therefore been to develop partnerships with aligned institutions, around the world and locally in Melbourne. This has allowed us to better understand the challenge that Marco Polo Project is aiming to addressing, and create a global network to support our action.
Since 2011, we have been fortunate to work with a range of cutting-edge organisations - universities, schools, festivals and community groups, in Australia, China, Europe and the ASEAN region. Our key partners and supporters are listed below. We are consistently looking for new partnerships with organisations sharing the same values and mission. If you believe that we might do something great together - if you have a program that you would like us to know of - or if you would simply like to say hello, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a note through our contact form.
Melbourne University - Faculty of Business and Economic
Since 2016, we have been hosting practicum graduate students from Melbourne Business School. In 2017, a team from Melbourne Business School helped us design one of our flagship programs, Out of the Box.
RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia's largest tertiary institution. We took part in the 'Writing and Concepts' talk series organised by RMIT in August 2017, offering a presentation on 'Looking for Common Ground'.
Paris Sorbonne University
In 2016, we were invited to run a guest session as part of the Masters of Cultural Management at Paris-IV Sorbonne University on the topic of global cultural collaboration.
Other educational institutions
City of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne has been our longest standing supporter. A range of projects, from Translation Club to Out of the Box, have been made possible through City of Melbourne Community grants.
Festivals & cultural institutions
Bastille Day Festival / Melbourne French consulate
We facilitated a workshop on behalf of the French consulate in Melbourne to re-calibrate French language education in Victoria, and presented a conference at the 2017 Bastille Day Festival on 'the future of language education.
n 2012-2013, we contributed a weekly review of the Chinese blogosphere on Danwei under the title ‘1510 digest’. Danwei has since ceased publishing, and been reborn as the remarkable 'SupChina'.
Asia Education Foundation
Asia Education Foundation (AEF) supports educators and school communities to develop Asia capable young Australians. We have supported the AEF ambassador program by delivering storytelling sessions in high schools and primary schools.
Technology & innovation
We were supported by Hub Melbourne through the early years of our growth, with a sponsored co-working space in 2012-2013. Marco Polo Project contributed a global perspective to the Hub Melbourne community, and organised community events on language education.
China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP)
Marco Polo Project founder coordinated recruitment and summit operations for the first CAMP Sydney summit in 2015, and Marco Polo Project supported CAMP through referrals and a joint Hackathon in 2016 as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week - For a China-ready knowledge economy