9 November 2015, Philanthropy House

17:30 | Welcome reception

18:00  – 19:00 | Pre-conference event: The Raymond Georis Lecture

The Raymond Georis Lecture recognises an individual with unique insights, new perspectives, and provocative thinking. This year the lecture will be delivered by Bassma Kodmani, co-founder and Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative. Find more information here.

19:00  – 20:00 | Networking

10 November 2015, BOZAR

9:30 – 10:00 | Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 11:30 | Opening plenary – How trust could pave the way to a fairer society

The current economic, social and political context is charged with issues that are affecting how communities are making sense of themselves; how they relate to each other, and their relationship to a range of institutions and agencies that govern public and private life. The pervading atmosphere locally and nationally across Europe is one of disappointment in politics, the economy and leadership. What role does trust have to play in better policymaking and delivery across Europe? With a focus on trust, can we explore new paths to a fairer society?

11:30 – 12:00 | Networking coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 | Session 1: Young people and Islamic radicalisation in Europe

The rise of extremism sits at or near the top of the list of key challenges Europe faces. Foundations, European institutions, national and local governments, and civil society must join their efforts to find coherent long-term approaches that recognise the complexity of issues around extremism, including its global dimensions, and the notions of identity and values. Critically, the vulnerability of young people must be addressed in a way that does not impinge on civil liberties and exacerbate tensions in our communities. This session explores how these actors can work towards not only eliminating the immediate security risk but also responding to the increasingly hostile attitude towards Muslim communities which poses serious threats to the cohesion of European societies.

12:00 – 13:30 | Session 2: Building trust in communities – A catalyst for social justice

The migrant crisis puts a spotlight on the importance of giving and receiving trust. Where political responses and official systems have proved limited and rigid, communities across Europe have stepped in to coordinate support and provide relief, demonstrating generosity and a will to actively support fairness and social justice. This session will ask how policymakers can draw from the strengths of this immediate public reaction and leverage it to build long-term trust within communities. How can they implement a bottom up policy discipline that ensures communities are viewed as stakeholders? Local neighbourhoods already have community builders in them, so how best might policy makers engage with the resources that already exist? Finally, if policy makers are able to succeed in securing this transition of feeling, where else might they use trust as a means to catalyse positive, sustainable and efficient structural change?

12:00 – 13:30 | Session 3: Can new financial instruments build a bridge of trust between private funding, civil society and the public sector?

Against a backdrop of limited public finances and urgent societal needs, new financing models such as social impact bonds are emerging to drive social change. At best, they increase trust between investors, civil society and government and contribute to the empowerment of citizens and communities. At worst, they create tension between the public and the private sector and erode democratic accountability. This session looks at who uses this results-based financing tool and why, and explores the policy implications of these types of instruments, looking at the possible downsides as well as their potential to create increased efficiency and transparency in public spending.

13:30 – 14:30 | Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 | Closing plenary: A new perspective on policymaking through the lens of trust

The space certainly exists for potential synergies and collaborations between policymakers, communities and foundations to develop better and more lasting social change and impact. The question is, where and how does trust fit in to this picture? How can and should trust be applied to the development of policies and responses to social problems and needs? Can this lead to communities being more sustainable and resilient, and thus contribute to reducing the growing gap in terms of income and opportunity? This closing session brings together a range of actors to share their views.

16:00 – 18:00 | EuroPhilantopics closing cocktail and cultural activity as part of Bozar Night