At WINGS we have heard nothing but fantastic things about AVPN’s Conference this year, which is going to take place from the 24th of May in Hong Kong. We spoke to the CEO of AVPN, Naina Subberwal Batra, to find out more about the conference this year. 1) Tell us about this year’s AVPN Conference!…
Giving circles in Asia are an important and timely development in Asian philanthropy, but they are dispersed and unconnected across a vast geographical region. A new project will set the stage for a network of circles to collaborate on solutions to the region’s complex social issues.
WINGS member AVPN has been fast expanding its portfolio of resources and services. Now the Singapore-based network’s membership is searchable by beneficiary type, investee type, and country of operation.
Paul Shoemaker (Social Venture Partners International) looks forward to the positive future for social change he sees in Asia. “The level of CSR, impact investing, strategic and venture philanthropy being explored and implemented is quite impressive.”
Abbie Jung (Synergy Social Ventures) recaps the recent AVPN conference in Singapore, describing synergy as beneficial to the impact ecosystem in Asia, and how overcoming fear o failure can help. “Despite the old Chinese proverb, 失敗為成功之母 or ‘Failure is the mother of success’, fear of failure is still a major impediment to risk taking and social innovation in Asia.”
Stacey Choe, member services director at AVPN, previews the 2015 Conference and explains the network’s new Capability Development Model for the social investing community, a tool it hopes will also speak to organizations who aren’t yet fully familiar with the venture philanthropy concept.
WINGS membership and development coordinator Laura Fernandez reports on the 2014 EVPA Annual Conference in Berlin. “Collaboration was a key theme throughout the conference, drawing on the history of the host city, which illustrates the power of collaboration to confront challenges when building communities around a common purpose.”