April 15, 2013

What's the 'Next Big Thing' in the World of Philanthropy?

Charity News - What's the 'Next Big Thing' in the World of Philanthropy?

Whenever the world's most innovative philanthropists and social entrepreneurs gather for the annual Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), there is a palpable sense of anticipation in the air. It's an excitement that something quite powerful may coalesce; something that might constitute a consensus of thinking around a breakthrough idea; something that has the potential to transform the way we approach solutions to the world's most intractable problems. Executives representing the world's most powerful foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Omidyar Network, Google.org, Salesforce.com, the World Bank and many others, small and large, are all there to listen, to learn and perhaps to fund a major new initiative.

So what will be the breakthrough idea of this year's conference? Will it be something that can connect the dots between ideas offered in different contexts? This years conference, entitled, "Outrage, Opportunity and Choice in the Digital Age suggests that there's a powerful trend underlying the dissemination of information and knowledge in the world of philanthropy. According to Wales, "New digital tools are empowering people all over the world. Not just in the United States."

What might come of this? According to Wales, "As wealth is created and capacity is built, indigenous philanthropists are emerging, dedicated to promoting inclusive development in their countries and on their continents. The digital revolution allows them, and us, to target philanthropic interventions with greater precision. Together we can tap that great reserve of human ingenuity that exists in every community, family and person."
In a previous blog post I reported on one such example of the use of new technology and digital tools for the betterment of communities through the access to quality education in rural areas.

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Link to original article:  Global Philanthropy Forum

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