There is no more apt location to discuss the conference theme than Poland – the cradle of the solidarity movement in Europe. The roundtable talks which took place in the presidential palace next to the Bristol Hotel led to free elections in June 1989 and provided a catalyst for anti-communist transitions in all other CEE countries (including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution in Prague).
Decades later, the need for such solidarity is evident once more. 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.