About Our Partnership

The Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) is a University of Michigan community dedicated to developing the next generation of great leaders. In 2017 The London Idea and BLI will be partnering together to fund, mentor, and develop a London Idea Project - a small group of proven undergraduate student leaders with a strong foundation of an idea to build.

We are so excited to be uniting with an organization that embodies so many of Adam's values.


The Capstone Experience accepts applications from BLI Members formed into Project Groups. Applicants have shown a commitment to developing leadership skills and have applied to this exclusive program in pursuit of a significant idea with an action plan to make that idea happen. These ideas range from social good to artistic expression to business innovations. The Capstone Experience accepts applications across the spectrum.

At The London Ideawe will select one group of Capstone Fellows whose idea most closely aligns with our values to be the London Idea Project.


We will provide the chosen London Idea Project with financial support for their action plan, as well as a mentorship network and summer immersion program to help put them on the right track.



We will provide the financial funding to seed the London Idea Project and send them on the advanced fellows retreat where they’ll participate in advanced leadership learning and develop their personal action plan.

Your donation will go towards seed funding to be used by students as they execute on their ideas as well as programming developed by The London Idea and The Barger Leadership Institute to foster the London Idea Project.



Through our network we’ll connect the group with a relevant mentor to help guide their idea and leadership development throughout the year. These are leadership professionals who can offer insight to our chosen students.

We are seeking to build a cross-country network of professionals from all fields who can offer mentorship and guidance to the chosen London Idea Project.



During the summer we will bring the group to Chicago, IL for a summer immersion program where they’ll meet their mentor and participate in a variety of in-field programming to help enhance their experience.

Programming and immersive learning are critical to The London Idea and the development of great leadership. We'd love to find great partners to build these experiences for the selected students.



The Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) is a student-powered, faculty-guided community dedicated to developing leadership learning through engaged liberal arts education.  Future generations of Michigan leaders will face a complex, volatile, and ambiguous world where problems of global scope affect even the most local decisions and effective solutions require collaborations that span competing interests, sectors, and nations.  Making a difference will require versatile leadership skills, cosmopolitan sensibilities, innovative mindsets, and the ability to embrace, evaluate, and act in challenging new situations. The BLI helps prepare Michigan students to face these 21st century demands by uniting world class scholarship, passionate undergraduates, and dedicated alumni in diverse experiences that reach beyond the conventional classroom.

The London Idea is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation and all donations are 100% tax-deductible.