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2017 EFC AGA and Conference

Courage to re-embrace solidarity in Europe – Can philanthropy take the lead?

31 May-2 June 2017, Warsaw

 

The biggest challenges institutional philanthropy faces, from climate change to migration, no matter how diverse and unique they appear on the surface all have one key element in common – they affect each and every one of us. Solidarity – working together to find solutions and forging a strong community of responsibility for these issues – is therefore of paramount importance if we are to get from where we are to where we want to be.

But this is easier said than done, and collaborating in the spirit of solidarity requires energy, openness and flexibility… but above all, courage. Courage to face the current challenges together head on; courage to include diverse players and partners (including those too often excluded from decision-making) and gain different perspectives; courage to take risks, to push boundaries and support innovative new ideas. Above all, courage to stick together and remain focused on our goals no matter what adversity is encountered along the way.

The 2017 EFC AGA and Conference will therefore focus on the theme of ‘courage for solidarity’ and specifically how philanthropy should be involved in fostering, supporting and promoting it. It will offer a unique opportunity for delegates from around the world to reflect on their own work, learn from their peers, and discover how, by finding the courage to re-embrace solidarity, they can help shape a brighter future.

 

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CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS 2017 EFC AGA and Conference:       
“Courage to re-embrace solidarity in Europe. Can philanthropy take the lead?”

 

 

 

The biggest challenges institutional philanthropy faces, from climate change to migration, no matter how diverse and unique they appear on the surface all have one key element in common – they affect each and every one of us. Solidarity – working together to find solutions and forging a strong community of responsibility for these issues – is therefore of paramount importance if we are to get from where we are to where we want to be.

But this is easier said than done, and collaborating in the spirit of solidarity requires energy, openness and flexibility… but above all, courage. Courage to face the current challenges together head on; courage to include diverse players and partners (including those too often excluded from decision-making) and gain different perspectives; courage to take risks, to push boundaries and support innovative new ideas. Above all, courage to stick together and remain focused on our goals no matter what adversity is encountered along the way.

The 2017 EFC AGA and Conference will therefore focus on the theme of ‘courage for solidarity’ and specifically how philanthropy should be involved in fostering, supporting and promoting it. It will offer a unique opportunity for delegates from around the world to reflect on their own work, learn from their peers, and discover how, by finding the courage to re-embrace solidarity, they can help shape a brighter future.

 

Building from previous successful Conferences and to ensure a wide variety of topics and themes, the 2017 Programme Committee seeks session proposals to fill 10 slots in the Conference programme.

This call is an opportunity for all members to share their interests and expectations, as well as to contribute first-hand to the design of the Conference. Its success depends on you too!

Proposals could make clear how philanthropy can take the lead in boosting and promoting solidarity at various levels, for example:

-       Local - how philanthropy can counter cynicism and contribute to fostering connections and dialogue within local contexts

-       European - how philanthropy can promote and encourage the advantages of European cohesion rather than fragmentation

-       Globalhow philanthropy can address some of the world’s most pressing and interconnected challenges

 

Alternatively, proposals could focus on one of more of the following perspectives:

-       Inter-generational solidarity

-       Solidarity between East, West, North and South

-       Solidarity in terms of sustainable use of resources

 

Submission Criteria

 

Session proposals:

 

-       Must be submitted by a minimum of two organisations, ideally of different types and/or geographic location, one of which must be a member of the EFC

-       Cannot be self-promoting or focus on only one organisation or project

-       Must interest (and be relevant to) a wide range of foundations, regardless of their field of activity. If several proposals on the same theme are received, priority will be given to the proposal sent from groups/networks of EFC members

-       Need to have varied and interactive formats which can easily adapt to the sometimes restrictive rooms at the conference venues

-       Must engage attendees and invite debate

 

General information

 

Before completing and returning your session proposal form to the AGA Secretariat at aga@efc.be, please keep in mind:

·         Deadline for submission is THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2016

·         Only information supplied in the form will be considered. Please do not send other papers or cover letters.

·         Proposals that do not fully meet the submission criteria will not be taken into account.

·         The Committee’s decision is final.

·         The Programme Committee will take into consideration the coherence with the theme and the overall fit of each session within the broader context of the Conference. For this reason, they may eventually suggest changes regarding the proposed format, speakers/moderators, timing, specific session content, etc.

Next steps

·         The results of the selection will be shared in early December.

·         Organisers of selected sessions will be required to start finalising their session content (including title and description) and confirming suggested speakers as soon as possible after that.

·         Draft session proposals will be posted online no later than 16 January, when the online registrations open.

 

 

 

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