In 2011, iDE, a Denver-based group that increases incomes for more
than 20 million rural farmers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America,
initiated an ambitious plan to finance and develop a consortium to
inhabit the world's first shared space for international development.
In 2012, after a collaborative design and planning process with the
Denver Housing Authority, Engineers Without Borders USA, Bridges
to Prosperity, Nokero, Denver Urban Gardens, iDE and many dedicated
partner organizations, more than two dozen Tenant organizations
were recruited, many with a market-based approach to solving
global challenges. iDE served as the founder and landlord until late
2013, when the Posner Center for International Development was
"spun off" from iDE as an independent nonprofit organization. The
Posner Center is named in recognition of the generosity of Joanne
Posner-Mayer, and in honor of her parents, Jerry and Hanna Posner.