Highlights of Day 3

Imagining and Investing in our Future

Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam
26-28 May 2016

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Delegates explore what the world’s changing economy means for the future

In a lively session that wrapped up this three-day event, conference participants gathered to hear a debate about “The changing economy – New opportunities to cooperate and contribute”. Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; and Teresa Ribera, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), focused on the new opportunities in this changing landscape for philanthropy to contribute to shared solutions and raise their effectiveness. Jo Andrews, outgoing Director of Ariadne, and journalist Marcia Luyten moderated the discussion on how philanthropy has a place to help fix the ‘broken systems’. Read more

The conference closed with a Statement read out by Katherine Watson, Chair of the Host Committee, in support of refugees around the world and Gerry Salole, EFC Chief Executive, also introduced the new EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022 (watch the animation here). The winner of the events app competition was named shortly after the closing as Andrew McCracken, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, who receives a free ticket to next year’s AGA in Warsaw. The events app was used by more than 70% of conference delegates (487).

Next year’s conference will take place in Warsaw from 31 May to 2 June.


Quotes of the day:

The economy as we currently run it is not sustainable. Everything must change. We need big, systemic change, not incremental change. – Peter Bakker

Every 6 seconds a child dies of starvation. 2 billion people are obese. 1/3 of global food is wasted. – Peter Bakker

People were waiting for a tech solution to climate change but the breakthrough in Paris in 2015 was confidence and overcoming fear. – Teresa Ribera

In case you missed it:

  • Alliance magazine offered all delegates free access (under ‘downloads’ via the conference app) to both the March and June issues on ‘Refugees and migration: philanthropy responds’ and ‘Climate philanthropy after Paris’ respectively.  EFC members are entitled to free electronic subscriptions to Alliance with a special edition due out Tuesday…
  • The Next Generation of philanthropists gave their thoughts on the conferences and asked to be heard, rather than listened to…
  • Cameroon refugee rapper LeJonz closed the conference with a song for a better world…



Video highlights:

Credits for the timelapse video: Captain Video, Kees Fopma & Kees Veling (http://www.captainvideo.nl)

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