A plenary at this year’s Council on Foundations Annual Conference held a panel entitled Social Justice: From Here to 2030. It was configured as one of those typical huge panels that tends to minimize generative creativity in favor of mini-speeches, but I have to say the talent put to the task was spectacular: Akwasi Aidoo (E.D. of TrustAfrica), Deepak Bhargava (E.D. of the Center for Community Change), Ana Paula Hernandez (Consultant with the Angelica Foundation), Van Jones (Founder of Green for All), Avila Kilmurray (Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland), Kumaran Naidoo (International Executive Director of Greenpeace), Eboo Patel (Founder & E.D. of Interfaith Youth Core), and Connie Rice (Co-Director of the Advancement Project in LA).
Lee Draper was one of the bloggers covering the discussion. He wrote up his observations in a post asking: Is Institutional Philanthropy Structured to Support Successful Social Change? The answer to the question is predictably mixed, but the seeds for thought in there are definitely worth planting in your brain.