Brussels, 10 November 2015

30 October 2015 – Brussels – On the 10th November delegates from foundations, communities and EU institutions will meet in BOZAR in Brussels to get to grips with the role ‘trust’ has to play in tackling the diverse political challenges of the moment.

The event will comprise plenary speakers including Baroness Onora O’Neill, Philosopher and Chair of the Chair of the UK Government Equality and Human Rights Commission, Bassma Kodmani, Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative, Goran Jeras, Cooperative Manager, Cooperative for Ethical Banking and Andrew Finkel, journalist and co-founder of P24, who will debate how trust could pave the way to a fairer society. In addition three breakout sessions will look closely at trust from different perspectives. The first looks at young people and Islamic radicalisation in Europe with Gilles de Kerchove, Counter-Terrorism Coordinator of the European Union as one of the speakers. The second examines the potential of new financial instruments to increase trust between investors, civil society and government; the panel includes Karen E. Wilson, Senior Fellow Bruegel and OECD and Leo Van Loon, Chief Executive Officer, Buzinezzclub. And finally Avila Kilmurray, Director, Policy & Strategy, Global Fund for Community Foundations will be one of the speakers asking how policy makers can leverage the strengths of public reaction to the current migrant crisis to build long-term trust within the communities affected.

EuroPhilantopics will make the case for stronger collaboration and identification of potential synergies between communities, civil society and governmental institutions. New approaches to policy design, development and funding strategies are required to increase the effectiveness of these diverse players’ actions.

EuroPhilantopics will challenge us to recognise that we are in a period of rapid and persistent exponential change. Can we improve trustworthiness and the capability of institutions and communities to be more resilient, to be more prepared and to adapt in Europe? EuroPhilantopics will push us to think outside of the box; it will seek to push the boundaries of our imagination towards a new narrative underpinned by trust.

EuroPhilantopics has teamed up with Debating Europe and yesterday launched a new debate entitled ‘How can we put trust back into politics? which is generating opinions from people all over Europe on what is working, what isn’t, and ideas on what can be done about it.  The debate, which is open to everyone, can be joined on


Find the full EuroPhilantopics Programme