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EDGE Conference & Encontro
April 9, 2019—April 12, 2019
Our 2019 gathering offers us an opportunity to situate our work within the social, economic and political context of Brazil, Latin America and the wider world, and to broaden perspectives on the systemic and global nature of today’s challenges. We will build on theBarcelona Commitment from our 2016 conference and gender justice framings in New Orleans last year, on the insights and efforts of our Global Engagement Lab cohorts and on the work of allied funder networks and initiatives as well.
Just as significantly however, our 2019 gathering will be organized in close collaboration with 50 leadingthinkers and activists from social movement organizations and networks across five continents, who will have been meeting for three days in Systemic Alternatives Symposium to advance and consolidate their own work of renewal and development of alternative visions. A key part of the EDGE conference will include a day-long “encounter” to delve deeply and learn from their analysis and strategies, followed by our own work lifting up values, approaches, tools and initiatives that can contribute in concrete and complementary ways.
Although registered funders will be invited later in the process to organize DineAround discussions to advance initiatives they are involved with, rather than soliciting workshop proposals we are instead calling on funders to nominate and support the participation of civil society partners in the Symposium and Encontro. Information on team members, selection criteria and the nominating process can be found here.
Together we hope to contribute to emerging debates andconcrete strategies that advance an alternative philanthropy, moving from transactional to transformational grantmaking in support of deep and long term societal change.
Our goals in Brazil are:
1. To support civil society allies from around the world in their efforts to analyze global trends, strengthen alternatives for systemic change and advance renewal and hope; and
2. To identify and develop strategies aimed at moving more resources towards those struggles and alternatives by advancing a “systemic change philanthropy” that is informed by our engagement with social movement allies.
We invite funders and other members of the wider philanthropic community to register, and to nominate partners by Jan 9, for a series of interwoven initiatives in support of these goals.