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Global Philanthropy Forum

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A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. Through an annual conference, a summer seminar, special events and conference call programs, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes. President and co-founder Jane Wales launched this effort in 2001 in partnership with leading Silicon Valley philanthropists who shared a conviction that individuals are not only capable of advancing human security, environmental stewardship, and improved quality of life, but that they must.

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A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. Through an annual conference, a summer seminar, special events and conference call programs, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes. President and co-founder Jane Wales launched this effort in 2001 in partnership with leading Silicon Valley philanthropists who shared a conviction that individuals are not only capable of advancing human security, environmental stewardship, and improved quality of life, but that they must.

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Global Philanthropy Forum

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A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. Through an annual conference, a summer seminar, special events and conference call programs, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes. President and co-founder Jane Wales launched this effort in 2001 in partnership with leading Silicon Valley philanthropists who shared a conviction that individuals are not only capable of advancing human security, environmental stewardship, and improved quality of life, but that they must.

Rank #1: Disruptors and Decision Makers: It Takes Us All

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The international community has achieved its bold goal of cutting in half the number of individuals who were living in abject poverty at the time the Millennium Development Goals were set. Buoyed by this success, the World Bank has established an even more ambitious objective, and that is to end poverty by 2030. The United Nations will soon follow suit when it adopts the Sustainable Development Goals. Success will take extraordinary efforts, and the engagement of the public, private and charitable sectors, working in tandem to get the job done. Smart national policies have unleashed private capital flows, raising the GDP of fast growing economies. But in order for the benefits to be felt by the bottom 40% of the economic ladder, sound policy, strategic philanthropy and sustained, long-term investment will be required. Key to this effort will be the conquering of the jobs challenge by addressing the mismatch between the skills required for the jobs that await and the education and training currently available to the workforce of today and tomorrow. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, leads an institution that seeks to "disrupt" the cycle of poverty. That is a shared goal of the entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors and policymakers who gather at the Global Philanthropy forum. WELCOME: Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs Council; Vice President, The Aspen Institute @JaneWales In conversation with…• Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group @WorldBank• Moderator: Jane Wales @JaneWales For more information please visit: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Jul 27 2015
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Rank #2: Global Trends, Risks and Rewards — Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?

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In order to have a clear understanding of global problems and their potential solutions, we need to examine the challenges within the context of broad economic, political, technological and environmental trends. This plenary will explore these trends and the risks and rewards associated with them — from the dangers linked to weak global governance and socio-economic inequality to the potential benefits of info-, bio- and nanotechnologies. WELCOME: Peter Robertson, Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Affairs Council@world_affairsREMARKS: Seán Cleary, Chairman, Strategic Concepts; Executive Vice Chair, Future World Foundation For more information please visit: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Jul 27 2015
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Rank #3: Harnessing the Power of Invention

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The catalyst of invention, especially when the resulting products can be scaled and applied in multiple settings, can be a powerful tool for improving the lives of people in both the developed and developing world. But what are the attributes of a great inventor? How might their innovations be put to the service of inclusive development? • Manu Prakash, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University @Stanford• Moderator: Carol Dahl, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation @LemelsonFdn For more information please visit: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Jul 27 2015
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Rank #4: Leveraging Market Systems for Good: Transforming Global Supply Chains and Protecting those Within

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Globalization has created opportunities to reach new customers in new markets and to source materials and even finished goods from all over the globe. But this increasing complexity of global operations presents considerable challenges with regard to supply chain management, requiring new strategies and systems for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of each employee. Addressing these issues is a priority for commercial actors. But others have an interest and a role to play. To combat modern-day slavery, policymakers have established norms and have enacted and enforced laws, and NGOs have partnered with businesses, working behind the scenes to audit their supply chains, while at the same time serving as public advocates.• Stella Dawson, Chief Correspondent, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Thomson Reuters Foundation @stelladawson• Justin Dillon, CEO, Made in a Free World @justindillon• Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave International @GoodWeave• Dan Viederman, CEO, Verité @Verite_DanV• Moderator: Randy Newcomb, President and CEO, Humanity United @randynewcomb REMARKS: Marcus Bleasdale, Documentary Photographer @marcusbleasdale For more information please visit: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Jul 27 2015
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Rank #5: Leveraging the Disruptive Power of the Internet

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The Internet is arguably the most disruptive technology of the last twenty-five years, impacting nearly every aspect of society for the 2.7 billion people who have access. It has dramatically changed the way we interact with each other and consume resources in both our personal and professional lives. But despite its rapid growth, approximately five billion people lack access to the Internet, and the protections when it comes to surveillance and privacy are inadequate. This plenary will explore issues of equity, of access, of safety and security when it comes to the Internet and information and communication technology (ICT) more broadly. What are the technologies and business models under development that will enable Internet access around the globe? What will be the key platforms and policies necessary for a quality user experience and full participation in the knowledge economy? And what is the role of ICT in the practice of philanthropy and in advancing shared social and environmental goals?   • Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director, Center on Privacy and Technology @alvarombedoya• Takunda Chingonzo, Co-founder, Neolab Technology and NeoEffect• Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation @EFF• Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation @macfound• Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation @darrenwalker• Moderator: Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House @whitehouseostp For more information please visit: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Jul 27 2015
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Rank #6: Living Philanthropic Values; Maintaining a “Listening Ear”

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The spirit of giving and shared responsibility begins at a young age. And while children and young adults learn from their elders and early experiences, often it is we who learn from them. A “listening ear” is a gift throughout one’s life. It is the combination of our values, our experiences as well as theirs that can guide subsequent strategic choices, ensure an openness to risk and ignite a hunger for continued learning. This plenary will examine the transmission of philanthropic values within families, businesses, communities and society as a whole. And it will remind us all that we are still learning and teaching. • Michael Moniz, Co-founder, President and CEO, Circadence @Circadence• Kaylee Moniz, Philanthropist• Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps @PeaceCorpsDir• Peggy Dulany, Founder and Chair, Synergos @SynergosInst• Moderator: Phil Buchanan, President, The Center for Effective Philanthropy @philCEP For more information please visit: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Jul 27 2015
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Rank #7: Special Address: Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Special Address: Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland @tonyblairofficeModerator: Jane Wales @JaneWales For more information please visit: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Jul 27 2015
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Rank #8: Citizen Solution: Redefining Development

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Development is a data-rich field, and the experience of striving toward the Millennium Development Goals has added greatly to our knowledge, as have experiments with new hybrid models. Related fields, like behavioral economics, also yield important insights. And, if behavior is communication, data are words. More and more intergovernmental agencies, foundations and nonprofits are sharing their findings to contribute to field-wide knowledge. At the same time, national governments and local communities have experimented with and learned from cross-sectoral partnerships aimed at spurring innovation to meet development challenges. Novel methods such as these allow public and private development actors to join forces, set targets, and pursue strategies to achieve them. The most effective development strategies take the beneficiaries and their actions into account, allow for continuous feedback and capture the ingenuity of citizens from all walks of life. Rachel Glennerster, Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Khalid Malik, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Change, Leadership and Innovation, The World Bank [Moderator] Marina Gorbis, Executive Director, Institute for the Future - See more at: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Feb 06 2015
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Rank #9: Citizen Solution: Redefining Leadership

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Global goals cannot be met if societies are divided, political opinion is polarized, core values are contested, deliberative processes are abandoned, and individual responsibility to the community is shirked. To capture the benefits and mitigate the dangers of fast-paced change, far-sighted and collaborative leadership will be required at all levels of society. Institutions and processes for decision-making will need to be built. Trust in these mechanisms for self-governance will need to be earned while communities must commit to maintaining the dignity of these institutions.  The requirements of leadership will include strategic focus, tactical agility, sure values and a commitment to continuous learning. Panelists will explore the qualities of ethical leadership and effective citizenship in an era characterized by change. And they will point to models for identifying, cultivating and supporting leaders of all ages, from all backgrounds, in all geographies.   Remarks by Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chair, Etisalat   Discussion: Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chair, Etisalat Peter Eigen, Founder and Chair of the Advisory Council, Transparency International Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO, African Leadership Academy [Moderator] Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation - See more at: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Feb 06 2015
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #10: Citizen Solution: Redefining Philanthropy: In Conversation with Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

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In September, Darren Walker became the tenth president of the Ford Foundation. Join us for a conversation about foundation’s influence on his life, the current environment for social change, his hopes for the foundation and his thoughts on how philanthropy is being redefined. Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation [Moderator] Jane Wales - See more at: http://philanthropyforum.org/conference/

Feb 06 2015
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