Michael Feigelson | Executive Director , Bernard van Leer Foundation

‘The Beginning of Life’

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Beginning of Life documents the lives of young children and their families across the world to help shine a light on the significance of the early years, and how a child’s environment during this formative stage can shape their cognitive, emotional and social development. The film features interviews with early childhood development experts from around the world and families of highly diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, including supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and Phula, a girl who cares for her siblings by herself in India.

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Stefania Coni | International projects coordinator , Fondazione CRT

Guess who’s coming to dinner? A cultural integration project

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

It is not a project of gastronomy: “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is a project for creating relationships. The project was launched during the 2011 edition of the International Festival of Folk Oral Culture, with a communal dinner involving over 100 people united around one table in Piazza Carlo Alberto in the heart of Turin, the dinner itself prepared by the migrant families who participate in the project.

Tine Wickers | Head of Communications , Nordea-fonden

Football Fitness gets more people moving

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Football’s health-related potential has nothing to do with the player’s gender, age, physical fitness or level of skill. Football can be used as an ordinary workout and to prevent lifestyle diseases and can even be included in the treatment of illnesses. Among Danish municipalities, this has raised awareness of Football Fitness as an alternative for a wide variety of users, such as diabetics or the unemployed.

Jenny Hodgson | Executive Director , Global Fund for Community Foundations

Community Philanthropy: it’s a thing, and you need to know about it

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

It’s almost always the same argument. Or excuse. Governments joining the accelerating global trend of restricting civil society at home like to claim that they are protecting their country against meddling “foreign powers”. No one has to like, or agree, with that point of view in order to take it seriously, and perhaps even to see the onslaught as an opportunity. As the saying goes, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

Juliette Decoster | Responsable de programmes, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer ,

Protecting whistleblowers and whistleblowing, a challenge for democracy

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Panama papers affair, just like with the previous Lux leaks or Snowden revelations, once again confirm the importance of the role of whistleblowers in defending public interest. Whistleblowers are at the centre of events as never before, holding governments and corporations to account for illegal activity, corruption, abuse in care and environmental damage, and often risking their careers and lives.

Ana José Varela-González | Chief Investment Officer , Fundación Barrié

On Galicia’s Way of St. James: A Formula for Development via Technology Transfer

Monday, 21 March 2016

Galicia is a peripheral region in the north-west of Spain, a coastal area and the destination for pilgrims on the route known as the Way of Saint James. Over the past eleven centuries the route has became an important axis for trade and for the dissemination of knowledge among the pilgrims travelling it and the towns it traverses. Galicia, as many other regions in the developed world, faces three intertwined challenges: an ageing population, a high rate of unemployment (around 18 percent) and high production costs which hinder competition with other regions and Spain’s competitiveness with other countries. High unemployment is compounded by a 24 percent income gap faced by Galician women.