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Twenty mid- to senior-level philanthropic leaders from China and Europe will gather in Brussels from 9-17 September 2018 to share their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns during the 3rd edition of the Philanthropic Leadership Platform − China-Europe (墨卡托中欧公益领导力伙伴项目), an intensive, peer-learning leadership development programme. Applications for the 20 available slots are now being accepted.

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.

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

“After two very successful editions of this exchange programme which was launched in 2016, this year promises to be the best so far,” says EFC Chief Executive Gerry Salole. “With feedback from past participants we continue to improve each edition of this unique programme which aims to bring together diverse perspectives, new insights and fresh ideas to challenge and push the strategic thinking of participants.”

The CGPI’s Professor Zhenyao Wang sees the programme as “…a milestone of China-Europe collaboration in philanthropy. The Philanthropic Leadership Platform is a mechanism that opens up a new era of partnership between the two economies (这是中欧公益领域合作的一个里程碑事件,墨卡托中欧公益伙伴的机制性合作,将开辟中欧公益合作的新时代).”

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 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

“Taking part in the inaugural 2016 PLP was a transformational experience in my career,” says a previous participant, who was at the time Head of Practice & Development at the Carnegie UK Trust. “It opened my eyes to new ways of working, innovations and impactful social programmes from two continents, and forced me to explore my own skills and motivations. I would recommend it to any colleague wanting to grow and develop as a leader.”

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.

Visit the Philanthropy Leadership Platform China-Europe webpage to apply now.