Philanthropy & Civil Society

Philanthropy and the civil society organizations it supports are agile and responsive, capable of changing strategies and financing vehicles as circumstances demand and new opportunities allow. All the while the social sector can maintain a long view. At the GPF we will explore some of the recent trends and hopeful signs—including new opportunities to learn while giving, as well as to collaborate across geographies and ideologies, even in polarizing times. We will test assumptions and find ways to work and learn together at a time when liberal democracy is in peril.

Data & Democracy

Digital technologies have been used to improve governance, assure accountability, establish identity and to improve health and education outcomes. But these same technologies can be used by autocratic governments to surveil and silence critics. They have already been used by malign actors to sow discord in democracies and to undermine trust. Finally, data can reinforce bias in systems that are biased, and be used to exclude or deny access. We will explore the many ways to put data to the service of democratic values and practice, and to protect against the dangers those same technologies can pose.

New Localism

In the face of the perceived dysfunction at the national and international levels when it comes to large issues like immigration, inequality and climate, citizen leaders on all continents have turned to community solutions. And philanthropists—once obsessed with scale— have increasingly embraced a “new localism,” a phrase coined by Brookings scholar Bruce Katz. They complement their “big bets” with a focus on localities where collaborative problem solving is most visible; the opportunity and need for cross-sector engagement is most apparent; and the reality of mutual dependence is inescapable. Scholars, remarkable civil society actors and philanthropists will share stories of what has worked and what has not—and seek to learn from one another.

April 1


Speed Networking


Conference Opening and Welcome from GPF Founder Jane Wales

Video Remarks from Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector, Central European University

Democracy in Peril, Philanthropy's Response

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of the Arab Spring, liberal democracy with its commitment to collective self-determination and individual rights appeared to have widespread appeal. It was seen by many as the political system that was the most resilient, most tolerant and best able to deliver on the promise of prosperity. As a result, many thought it would be the dominant form of government in the new era. But, the felt pressures of globalization, and the twin shocks of the global financial crisis and the migrant crisis caused some citizens to question whether political leaders who had championed open economies and open borders had served them well. Digital disinformation campaigns further stoked discontent. And a new wave of populist nationalism swept over countries as far-flung as Poland, Hungary, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil and the United States. Formerly liberal democracies have become increasingly illiberal. Some lost their claim to democracy altogether. Larry Diamond will offer an assessment of democracy’s future and, Brad Smith will report on philanthropies’ efforts to promote, preserve and reclaim democracy.

  • Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Kati Marton, Trustee, Central European University
  • Brad Smith, CEO, Candid (formally known as the Foundation Center)
  • In conversation with Jane Wales, Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum


Pluralism: The Sine Qua Non of Liberal Democracy

Pluralism -- the ability of multiple cultures and perspectives to co-exist within a shared society –is the sine qua non of liberal democracy and robust civil society. Yet, at a time of economic, social and demographic change, the commitment to pluralism appears to have waned. Individuals searching for ballast and belonging have embraced populist nationalism, even ethnocentrism, undercutting their and our capacity to see ourselves as one. Political opportunists have played to their fears and the rise in hate crimes in Europe, the US and Canada tells a chilling story. Divisions by race, ethnicity and country of origin are matched by a rise in anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and bias against minority Christian sects, according to Meryl Chertoff of the Aspen Institute. While Larry Kramer agrees, he will point to another danger to democracy, and that is our tendency to dismiss the ideas and ideals of others with whom we disagree. Pluralists see themselves as open, but are we? Or do we see others’ arguments as not only wrong but unworthy, as not only ill-informed but immoral?  When it comes to ideological pluralism in the practice of self-governance and the practice of philanthropy, are we coming up short?  After all, according to sociologist Arlie Hochschild, author of “Strangers in Their Own Land,”  “in the end, a healthy democracy depends on a collective capacity to hash things out.”

  • Meryl Chertoff, Executive Director, Justice and Society Program, The Aspen Institute
  • Larry Kramer, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • In conversation with Peter Laugharn, President, Conrad Hilton Foundation


New Localism, New Power

The information revolution brought about the decentralization of decision-making and authority, and --according to Jeremy Heimans – the advent of a new kind of power that is “like a current … It is open, participatory and peer-driven.” A former McKinsey strategist and cause-oriented activist, Jeremy co-founded several online campaign groups and citizen initiatives, including GetUp, an Australian political movement that is larger than all of the country’s political parties combined. He now heads Purpose, a social business.   He is joined in conversation on stage by Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer at the 92nd Street Y, and Co-founder of #GivingTuesday. This highly effective crowdfunding and organizing vehicle puts new power to the service of giving and social change. Asha is also a non-resident Fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab.

  • Jeremy Heimans, Co-founder and CEO, Purpose
  • Asha Curran, Co-founder, #Giving Tuesday and Chief Innovation Officer, 92nd Street Y

Data and Democracy - Who Says Digital Technologies are Democratizing?

In this session we will hear from technologists, scholars and activists on the ways in which technology is used by community-builders to advance democracy and citizen agency, and the ways in which those same technologies are used by autocrats to surveil and silence political opponents. Among the speakers will be a leader of a Hungarian watchdog organization that uses digital tools to advance transparency, accountability and the rule of law in an increasingly autocratic state; an American woman, a techie who provides grassroots organizers the data tools they need to mobilize and inform, and helps to direct data science research to create positive change for Black people; a data governance expert making the case for the creation of digital “civic trusts”  as a means by which to manage the digital commons and ensure citizen access and input.

  • Kevin Bankston, Director, Open Technology Institute, New America
  • Stephen King, CEO, Luminate
  • Sandor Léderer, Co-founder and Director, K-Monitor
  • Sean McDonald, Co-founder, Digital Public and CEO, FrontlineSMS
  • Yeshimabeit Milner, Founder and Executive Director, Data for Black Lives
  • In conversation with Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University Program on Philanthropy & Civil Society


Funding Across Difference; Creating a Culture of Listening & Learning

In a divided polity, foundations and donors from differing political and ideological perspectives are seeking new opportunities to collaborate on those issues on which they can agree. Recent campaigns to advance criminal justice reform and marriage equality have demonstrated the power of alliances across liberal, conservative and libertarian lines. Are there other opportunities to pursue?  What changes in foundation culture and practice might be needed to see and seize the opportunities?

  • Amy Goldman, CEO and Chair, GHR Foundation
  • Brian Hooks, President, Charles Koch Foundation
  • Larry Kramer, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Facilitated by Jonah Wittkamper, President and Co-founder, Nexus

Civil Liberties and Data Philanthropy—When NOT to Ask for More

In our search for evidence of impact, we ask that data be generated by grantees and those they serve. But, in so doing, what risks might we create especially for marginalized populations? Will the data we gather on the homeless, for example, expose them to an unfair level of surveillance? When we gather data on the relationship between race or ethnicity on the one hand and education and health outcomes on the other, might that data be used to justify the denial of insurance or access to educational opportunities? Can we develop norms that support the dual objectives of accelerating learning while protecting the privacy of those we seek to support?

  • Stephen King, CEO, Luminate
  • Alison Leal Parker, Managing Director, US Program, Human Rights Watch
  • Linda Raftree, Co-founder, MERL Tech
  • Facilitated by Patrick Alley, Co-founder, Global Witness

Youth Leadership

Successful democracies and robust civil society require the engagement of ethical leaders at all levels in all sectors. Nonprofit training and mentorship programs, networks and schools like the Latin American Leadership Academy have emerged. Other nonprofits focus on preparing young people for educational and career opportunities, while others focus on enhancing their civic engagement and empowerment, as is the case with Humanitas360 Institute. Meet emerging leaders and hear from those who have begun programs aimed at lifting the next generation.

  • Ricardo Anderáos, VP of Operations, Humanitas360 Institute
  • Diego Ontaneda Benavides, Co-Founder and CEO, Latin American Leadership Academy
  • Omezzine Khélifa, CEO, Mobdiun—Creative Youth
  • Rocío Barrionuevo Quispe, Alumnus, Latin American Leadership Academy
  • Misan Rewane, Founder, WAVE
  • Breno Teixeira, Alumnus, Latin American Leadership Academy
  • Facilitated by Linda Calhoun, Founder and Executive Producer, Career Girls

Break and Networking

Reception: Sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation and CAF America


Identity & Democracy: Beyond Hate

As if in response to Larry Kramer’s plea, Better Angels was created to combat political polarization by bringing together people of differing views and asking them to listen to each other respectfully—and to model empathetic listening in workshops, in debates and in their private and civic lives. John Wood, Jr., a former politician troubled by the partisan divides, has helped lead the effort. Like him, Mehrdad Baghai believes that empathetic behavior can be learned. He and his wife founded High Resolves to offer a curriculum in “citizen education” to young people, so that they may develop the skills to see across difference, and to act in the interests of the whole. They and we can gain immeasurably from the insights of Christian Picciolini, as he was himself drawn to extremist views, having defined himself in opposition to the “other.” As a teenager, without a clear sense of belonging or future, he was recruited into the white supremacist movement. He found, however that you can “unlearn hate”, and withdrew from a movement that was damaging to him, to others, to society. This panel is moderated by Mark Gerzon, who specializes in promoting and facilitating conversations across difference, in a search for common ground.

  • Mehrdad Baghai, Founder, High Resolves
  • Christian Picciolini, Founder, Free Radicals Project
  • John Wood, Jr., Director of Media Development, Better Angels
  • In conversation with Mark Gerzon, Founder and President, Mediators Foundation

April 2

Special Breakfast Session: Lessons from the Front Lines - How True Impact is Realized, Hosted by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Hear first-hand from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation team how their social entrepreneurs are working in communities around the world to develop solutions to solve some of society’s most complex issues from human rights to access to clean water.


NATALIE BRIDGEMAN FIELDS Founder and Executive Director, Accountability Counsel

MOY ENG Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST)

GEORGE MCGRAW Founder and CEO, Dig Deep Right to Water Project

KATHRYN PETERS Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Democracy Works

JIM BILDNER, CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

The New Localism—Weave the Social Fabric

In the face of the perceived dysfunction at the national level, citizen leaders on all continents have turned to community solutions. And philanthropists – once obsessed with scale -- have increasingly embraced a “new localism,” a phrase coined by Brookings scholar Bruce Katz. They complement their “big bets” with a focus on localities where collaborative problem solving is most visible; the opportunity and need for cross-sector engagement is most apparent; and the reality of mutual dependence is inescapable. David Brooks will speak to the role that “community builders” play in reweaving the fabric of our democracy. Ann Stern will describe the community solutions her foundation has pursued, while Dan Cardinali will speak to trends he sees from his vantage point as CEO of the Independent Sector.

  • David Brooks, New York Times columnist and Executive Director, Weave the Social Fabric Project, The Aspen Institute
  • Dan Cardinali, CEO, Independent Sector
  • Ann Stern, President and CEO, Houston Endowment
  • In conversation with Lauren Smith, Co-CEO, FSG

Funding Across Difference

In a sharply divided polity, societal needs suggest a new imperative for philanthropies to collaborate when they share a vision on certain issues, even when they have important differences on others. Finding those opportunities can be essential for achieving meaningful goals. And the discipline of collaboration across difference may be an imperative if we are to reweave our social fabric. The founder of the eponymous Charles Koch Foundation will join its president in a conversation about their practical and philosophical reasons for seizing opportunities to unite broad coalitions toward shared objectives. They’ll reflect on their recent experience in building coalitions from across the ideological spectrum to advance criminal justice reform and the lessons that can be applied to other issues such as immigration.

  • Charles Koch, Chairman, Charles Koch Foundation
  • Brian Hooks, President, Charles Koch Foundation
  • In conversation with Jane Wales, Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum


Politics and Power

When pursuing social justice and social change, how important is it to have a multipronged strategy that can include grants, investments and policy advocacy? Three of the more striking trends in philanthropy today include the rise in giving for advocacy, the rise in social investing, and the rise in the number of limited liability corporations created to advance a variety of complementary approaches, including nonprofit grantmaking, for-profit investing and lobbying. Those LLCs that are taxed as partnerships (as opposed to corporations) can also make political donations in federal elections.  The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the Emerson Collective, the Omidyar Network, and other funders have opted for this more flexible form and more forward-leaning strategies, at a time when the stakes in public policy seem particularly high. If social change and social justice are the goals, is this kind of flexibility needed? In this Working Group, activists and advocates join decision-makers in LLCs to share their view of the benefits, and potential drawbacks of engaging in politics and policy, keeping many quivers in one’s bow.

  • Amol Mehra, Managing Director, North America, Freedom Fund
  • Koketso Moeti, Founder and Executive Director,
  • Sasha Post, Policy Director, Justice & Opportunity Initiative, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Facilitated by Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing Director, Social Innovation, Emerson Collective

Protecting Democracy’s Immune System and Infrastructure -- From Citizen Trust to Voting Machines

According to law enforcement agencies and independent experts, foreign country meddling in the electoral politics of countries in Europe and in the Americas is far from over.  Efforts that have been uncovered to date come in the form of on-line disinformation campaigns, leveraging social media algorithms to reach the most credulous consumers—the ones who are the most likely to believe the fake news and to forward it to others. The result has been the undermining of trust—the societal glue on which democracy depends. Now officials are concerned that cyber methods will be used to compromise voter rolls and voting machines. In this working group we will discuss ways to inoculate against this kind of damage, not only through technical fixes, but by building social capital, citizen agency and media literacy. As Lucy Bernholz writes, “civil society is the immune system for democracy.”

  • Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, Center for Internet and Society
  • David J. Becker, Executive Director and Founder, Center for Election Innovation and Research
  • Michael Moniz, CEO, Circadence
  • Facilitated by Betsy Cooper, Director, Aspen Tech Policy Hub, The Aspen Institute

When Policy Fails: Taking on Inequality in the Community

This panel will look at community-based ways to address inequality in our nation’s cities. Using Oakland, California, as a test case, working group members will share ways to build equitable and sustainable local economies.  Among their approaches are to build a tech-driven economy powered by a diverse workforce to advance entrepreneurship, to mentor the next generation of female political leaders, and to direct data science research in ways that advance inner city Black people. All four speakers work at the intersection of technology and political and economic inequality.

  • Catherine Bracy, Executive Director and Co-founder, TechEquity Collaborative
  • Rodney Foxworth, Executive Director, BALLE
  • Yeshimabeit Milner, Founder and Executive Director, Data for Black Lives
  • Anne Moses, President and Founder, IGNITE
  • Facilitated by Andrew Dayton, Founder and CEO, Constellation Fund



When Policy Fails: Taking On Immigration at the Border

The pressures of immigration—real and perceived-- have colored politics and divided polities. Having explored the very real migrant crisis in Europe in previous years, and the resulting political backlash, we now turn our attention to events at the US-Mexico border. Panelists will help us better understand how the politics of the issue have stood in the way of comprehensive immigration reform put forth by successive presidents, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. And, they will share with us their and others’ efforts to lessen the danger and the trauma for migrants and asylum seekers fleeing violent crime and political persecution only to be turned away at the border. The civil society organizations represented on the panel provide legal and practical advice and help youngsters in detention gain language skills in a safe and caring environment. Panelists are among a number of international, national and local nonprofit organizations playing vital, life-saving roles when policy has failed us.

  • Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children
  • Maria Moreno, Principal, Las Americas Newcomer School
  • Jonathan Ryan, CEO and President, RAICES

Special Announcement: The Inaugural Juliette Gimon Courage Award | Redwood Shores Ballroom

A champion and co-founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Juliette Gimon joined the GPF team in its start-up years, playing a pivotal role both in its creation and its success. Sadly we lost Juliette to cancer, a loving mother, sister and daughter, she was a philanthropist through and through, much like the rest of the Hewlett family. Her legacy is large, but among the highlights is the Juliette Gimon Courage Award, established by Global Fund for Children on whose board she had served. Awardees will be announced this afternoon. Juliette’s sister Marianne;  Global Fund for Children’s Founder, Maya Ajmera; and its CEO, John Hecklinger will introduce the honorees.

  • Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science & the Public
  • Marianne Gimon d’Ansembourg, Independent Consultant
  • John Hecklinger, President and CEO, Global Fund for Children


Philanthropy in the Global South

Among the most heartening trends in philanthropy is its growth in societies around the world. In this working group we will look at philanthropy in Latin America and Africa, where innovation abounds. We will hear from philanthropists, who will discuss, among other things, the value of giving at home. Joining them is an individual innovator who, having traveled to the US for his college education, felt compelled to devote his life’s work to the people and places who were part of his early years. Helping to draw you into the conversation will be the leaders of four philanthropy networks, including the Brazil Philanthropy Forum, the African Philanthropy Forum, both of whom are GPF affiliates, and GIFE and CEMEFI, associations of social investors, institutes, foundations and companies in Brazil and Mexico respectfully.

  • Madam Lebogang Chaka, Founder, Afro Visionary Legacy
  • Lorena Guillé-Laris, Executive Director, Cinépolis Foundation
  • Kennedy Odede, Founder and CEO, SHOFCO
  • Jorge Villalobos, Executive President, Mexican Center for Philanthropy
  • José Marcelo Zacchi, Secretary-General, GIFE
  • Facilitated by Mosun Layode, Executive Director, African Philanthropy and Paula Fabiani, CEO, IDIS and the Brazil Philanthropy Forum

Building Resilience and Combatting Poverty in Smart Cities

In celebration of their centennial in 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation created the 100 Resilient Cities initiative to support cities around the world become better prepared to face the growing challenges of the 21st century. While these include large unexpected events like natural disasters, they are also the daily stresses that weaken the fabric of a city – unemployment, violence, failing education systems, chronic hunger, homelessness. How do we use data to inform and enhance philanthropy to combat poverty and increase resilience? What are the opportunities for advancements in tech to prepare cities to combat these stresses or even eliminate them all together? With the development of smart cities, will there now be more questions arising than answers? Now is the time to focus on cities as central agents of change and as panelist Sean McDonald has stated “There’s an unprecedented opportunity, for all parties involved, in getting this right — and there’s no question the world’s watching."

  • Andrew Dayton, Founder and CEO, Constellation Fund
  • Sean McDonald, Co-founder, Digital Public and CEO, FrontlineSMS

Collective Impact and Community Approaches to Poverty Reduction

Collective impact as an approach to local, cross-sector collaboration has had tremendous success in mobilizing stakeholders to achieve results at scale. In this session, you will hear how this approach has contributed to reducing poverty and promoting economic empowerment for over 250,000 people in over 340 communities in Canada, over 25,000 families in Central Iowa, and learn about other initiatives across the globe. You will also hear from the funder’s perspective and learn how philanthropy contributed to lifting up what works locally and disseminating an approach countrywide. These case studies will shine a light on the importance of collaboration and ways in which collective impact can be used to address big challenges at the local level, and scaling solutions that work.

  • Paul Born, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute, and Director, Vibrant Communities
  • Tim Brodhead, Former President and CEO, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Elisabeth Buck, President, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Facilitated by Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum, FSG


Reception: sponsored by The End Fund


Data & Democracy - Independent Media and the Culture of Democracy

An independent media—the only industry protected in the US Constitution—is an essential actor in a liberal democracy. Yet it is the most disrupted by the information revolution and the advent of digital and social media. Malign actors seeking to divide have exploited social media algorithms to drive disinformation to the most credulous. And populist politicians [political opportunists] have sought to discredit the media that are the source of embarrassing truths. In this panel you will hear from those who reveal sources of propaganda, to check facts, report on abuse. One speaker’s company reports on the seven most significant stories from seven perspectives, recognizing that there are multiples lenses, and allowing the reader to be a thoughtful judge.

  • Premesh Chandran, CEO and Co-Founder, Malaysiakini
  • Karen Edwards, Co-Founder and CEO, SoapAI
  • Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder, IndiaSpend, BOOM, FactChecker
  • Mary Fitzgerald, Editor-in-Chief, OpenDemocracy
  • In conversation with Giannina Segnini, Director, Masters of Science Data Journalism Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

April 3

Breakfast Table Talks

It's Not Hopeless: Transforming Citizens to Advocate Powerfully on Climate Solutions, Ending Poverty, and Other Global Issues - Civic Courage

Building Societies that are More Open, Accountable and Inclusive: Sharing Global Good Practices in Social Accountability & Participatory Democracy - Helvetas USA

Why Some Donor Collaboratives Succeed—and Others Don’t - Geneva Global

Mapping the Landscape of Political Influence in the US - Dalberg Advisers

Storytelling with Dignity - George Kaiser Family Foundation

 Grantmaking in China and Other Challenging Countries - Charities Aid Foundation USA

 Driving Collaboration in the Citizenship Education Ecosystem - High Resolves

How Philanthropy can Help Resolve the Immigration Crisis - Pionero Philanthropy

Fake News, Disinformation, and the Challenge of Social Trust - IREX

Women of Conscience: Catalyzing Change by Amplifying Women's Voices Post-Conflict - International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

How 'Dark Money' is Undermining Democracy, Women's and LGBTI Rights – and What We Can Do About It - openDemocracy

Philanthropy & Civil Society: Knowledge Marketplace

As the number of individual philanthropists in search of impact grows, so does their thirst for knowledge, and the opportunity to learn while giving. Several staffed foundations have stepped up, creating new vehicles for grantmaking that take advantage of the domain expertise, strategy acumen, and evaluative capacity of their program officers. Some have created “side car” funds that allow individual givers to “plus up” a foundation’s giving. Other foundations have come together around an issue, a strategy, and a shared staff to create a new entity that others – be they staffed foundations or individual donors – can join. They include Blue Meridian, ClimateWorks Foundation, and Co-Impact. The MacArthur Foundation offered yet two more innovations. The first was to share the professionally vetted proposals of finalists in their 100&Change grant competition so that other donors might offer their support. The  second, most recent initiative is its Catalytic Capital Consortium, undertaken in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation and Omidyar Network. It dedicates $150m to address financing gaps in impact investing, When combined with regranters like the Global Fund for Women, the Global Fund for Children, Give to Asia, Give to Colombia and Global Greengrants, these initiatives may form the beginning of a “knowledge marketplace” in which the supply of knowledge within philanthropic entities meets the demand for knowledge on the part of individual philanthropists.

  • Phil Buchanan, President, The Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Cecilia Conrad, 100&Change, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Chuck Harris, CEO, Blue Meridian Partners
  • Charlotte Pera, President and CEO, ClimateWorks Foundation

Venezuela’s Tragedy; Civil Society’s Response

Imagine you were Colombia, and Venezuela were your neighbor. You have emerged from a 50-year civil war. The terror of FARC violence and intimidation behind you, a better life lies ahead, as democratic governance and economic growth are assured. But, Venezuela, your much larger neighbor with a population of 31.5 million is collapsing under the corrupt leadership of Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelans have fled across the border to Colombia; about 30% of them do not return to Venezuela. The majority are women, children and the elderly, and their living conditions are bleak. Accompanying the influx of people has been a rise in such crimes as drug trafficking, smuggling and prostitution. The humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans from Bogotá and other capitals has been rejected by Maduro who has declared “we do not beg from anyone.”

  • Ana Karina García, Lawyer and Activist
  • Lala Lovera, Director, Fundación Comparte Por Una Vida, Colombia
  • Alfredo Romero, Executive Director, Foro Penal
  • David Smolansky, Former Mayor of El Hatillo Municipality
  • In conversation with Gabriela Febres-Cordero, Founder and President, United For Colombia Foundation


Data & Democracy: The Norm of Transparency

Whether you are a philanthropist seeking to advance field-wide learning; a human rights activist working to ferret out abuse, a corporate CEO wishing to build consumer confidence and employee pride; a nonprofit leader promoting collaboration and impact;  an advocate seeking to persuade; or a democratic leader seeking to govern effectively, transparency is the means to an important end.  In this panel we will hear from activists, human rights investigators, journalists, data nerds and data aggregators who believe that openness is an imperative if liberal democracy and cohesive society are to succeed.

  • Patrick Alley, Co-founder and Director, Global Witness
  • Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Wellville
  • John Githongo, CEO, Inuka Kenya Trust
  • Giannina Segnini, Director, Masters of Science Data Journalism Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Chris Taggart, Co-founder and CEO, OpenCorporates

Citizen Agency: Taking a Stand

  • Peter Eigen, Founder, Transparency International
  • Ivo Herzog, Chairman, Vladimir Herzog Institute
  • Introduced by Paula Fabiani, CEO, IDIS and Brazilian Philanthropy Forum

Closing Remarks

  • Jonathan Visbal, Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Affairs
  • Jane Wales, Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum