Following on from the success of last year’s Philanthropic Leadership Platform – China Europe (墨卡托中欧公益领导力伙伴项目) held in Brussels, this year’s edition will see 20 mid- to senior-level philanthropic leaders from China and Europe gathering in Beijing from 10-20 September 2017 to share their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns during this intensive, peer-learning leadership development programme.

Funded by Stiftung Mercator and led by the EFC and the China Global Philanthropy Institute, the programme will revolve around the theme of societal innovation, but will also be aligned with participants’ own interests and expertise.

“This programme offers philanthropy leaders from China and Europe an invaluable, first-hand understanding of diverse approaches to social innovation in contexts and environments that participants may not have been exposed to previously,” says Gerry Salole, EFC Chief Executive. “We’re very much looking forward to experiencing the programme in Beijing for the first time this year.

Feedback from the first year was extremely positive, with all 2016 participants saying they would recommend the programme to their peers. They described the programme as an “efficient, well-organised, clearly focused programme within a reasonably limited time”. Participants said it was “inspiring, delightful, intelligent, a real leadership training camp”.  Several praised the fact that the programme included mid- to senior level staff, and not only chief executives.   

Philanthropic organisations across the globe are grappling with the same fundamental questions around impact, effecting change, and understanding their role in taking on societal challenges. The aim is for participants to enhance their leadership skills by learning from each other and to go back to their home organisations and contexts with new perspectives, tools and insights that will make them better leaders.

This peer-led programme raises questions and contests alternatives through group and plenary interaction, and active exchange among high-level experts and leaders of institutions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The 2017 programme will revolve around the theme of social innovation, but will also be aligned with participants’ own interests and expertise. Topics on the agenda will include:

• Leadership – What it is, what is required and leadership styles
• Tools leaders use to intervene and transform
• Social innovation in policy and practice
• How to evaluate impact
• How to use the power of collaboration and levers of influence to develop capability to engage in social innovation
• Using peer learning as a resource

The programme is envisaged to run for at least three years, alternating each year between the two continents and with a new group of participants each year.

Programme snapshot

What

An intensive, ten-day programme that hones the leadership skills of philanthropy practitioners through peer-exchange of knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns around impact, effecting change, and understanding philanthropy’s role in society.

Who

Mid- to senior-level philanthropic leaders from China and Europe.

Why

To build leadership competence by harnessing the power of peer learning, allowing participants to go back to their home organisations and contexts with new perspectives, tools and insights that will make them better leaders, and in turn enhance the impact of their organisations.

When

10-20 September 2017

10 September Travel day
11-16 September Programme days
17 September Free day
18-19 September Programme days
20 September Travel day

Where

2017: Beijing and nearby locations
2018: Brussels and nearby locations

Costs

All costs, except travel to/from the programme location, will be covered by the organisers.

Partners

The programme is funded by Stiftung Mercator and led by the EFC and the China Global Philanthropy Institute:

How to apply

Go to the Philanthropic Leadership Platform home page and fill in the online application form.

Contact

For further information please contact Marilena Vrana at mvrana@efc.be