This month marks the end of Caroline Hartnell’s tenure at Alliance magazine, and it brings us great pleasure to highlight her outstanding contributions to WINGS and to the field of philanthropy with a few words from our members and partners.
Chris Delatorre (WINGS) reports on the International Conference on Social Media for Good, linking the Post-2015 Agenda and the concept of diffuse collaboration to a new framework for distributed social networking. “If diffuse reciprocity represents the exchange of items of nonequivalent value, then distributed social technology is the best substrate for realizing a system in which every contribution, large and small, is recognized within a greater ecosystem of social reality and practice, and met with gratitude.”
Takaful is an annual regional meeting of scholars, young researchers, policy-makers, activists and practitioners in the field of philanthropy and civic engagement, both from within and outside the Arab region. Takaful 2015 will be hosted this year by the Gerhart Center in cooperation with the CSR division of Al Ahly Holding group.
The Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo, in partnership with the King Khaled Foundation and the Hauser Center at Harvard University, is piloting the first country survey on institutionalized philanthropy in Saudi Arabia.
The underlying theme of the Takaful 2014 conference held in Lebanon in June dealt with the interaction between scholarly analysis and lived experiences, with the aim of contributing to sound policy and practice in philanthropy and civic engagement in the Arab world.
Heba Abou Shnief, Research Advisor for the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, considers a growing movement towards community-inspired solutions. “Looking back at the Arab transitions, there are lessons to be learned by institutionalised grantmaking, where social movements and innovative solutions to crises and pressing social problems did not happen in the institutionalised sector, but rather did so in the informal space.”
The new report, launched at WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks in Istanbul on 27 March, aims to enhance the knowledge of global philanthropy. Though we are diverse, we have a common platform through which to build and share many of the same values. We believe it is important to create a degree of commonality while encouraging the richness of diversity, build common understanding of terms within global and local contexts, and strengthen ownership of this knowledge-building by WINGS members.
“Private foundation funds are uniquely capable of working across civil society, government and the business sector. That creates opportunities to convene opposing factions, support innovation, and strengthen new citizen action groups that will be crucial to a successful transition.” Article by Barbara Ibrahim
Barbara Ibrahim is founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, and a member of the WINGS Board of Directors. Regional Highlights is one of four programme tracks for concurrent sessions for WINGS Forum 2014: The Power of Networks.