Our Community

What can an artist-in-residence program do for your nonprofit?

By Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents Director of Communications I’ll admit it. I’m scared. I joined this organization less than two months ago, and now, I’m being asked to “take on the…

July 08, 2015

GlobalGrassroots Leadership

Press Release: IDEX and NoVo Foundation forge new approach to philanthropic partnership

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO—In an environment where foundations are increasingly taking a market-based approach to the ‘business’ of charitable grant making, International Development Exchange (IDEX)* is…

June 30, 2015

AfricaFood Sovereignty

South African farmers march against Monsanto and into Parliament

The following two excerpts are from Biowatch South Africa‘s June 2015 newsletter. Rural KwaZulu-Natal farmers contest proposed seed bills in Parliament Richard Mthembu and Thombithini Ndwandwe in…

June 30, 2015

What We Do

“Be kind, not nice”: Reflections from the 2015 IDEX Academy

A guest post by Amika Dayal of the Tarsadia Foundation Vini Bhansali and Amika Dayal at the IDEX Academy I had the privilege of attending the 2015 IDEX*…

June 24, 2015

What We Do

We won’t be sending in the “special forces”

By Rajasvini Bhansali, former Thousand Currents Executive Director Many philanthropies see their role as “special forces” of poverty reduction. They sweep into a troubled area, introduce programs, distribute aid, implement quickly, get…

June 17, 2015

What We Do

How NOT to handle bad press: Thoughts on “crisis communications” in a new global aid paradigm

Like it or not, investigative journalism is an important mechanism of accountability for large non-profits who don’t have a “constituency” or “shareholders” to whom they are directly responsible. And as…

June 09, 2015

Our Community

IDEX’s not-so-secret weapon for communicating about grassroots social change

(Or, introducing myself as the newest member of IDEX’s team!) By Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents Director of Communications Originally published on May 26, 2015 IDEX* started funding community-led development projects thirty years ago. A…

May 26, 2015

What We Do

What were you doing when you were 30 years old?

A brief overview of the evolution of IDEX* By Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents Director of Communications For the actual day of IDEX’s 30th birthday, we were celebrating, kicking-off a…

May 10, 2015

AfricaFood Sovereignty

“The Farmers Have Come”

By Yeshica Weerasekera, Thousand Currents’ former Regional Director for Africa Across the globe there is a strong and expanding movement of farmers working to promote agro-ecological practices and food sovereignty. Going beyond the…

May 06, 2015

Our Community

What Thousand Currents is learning from artists about vulnerability, courage, and social change

Thousand Currents’ artists-in-residence program is launched and off and running, and artistic special powers are running through all of us in the Thousand Currents team. We’ve not quite assimilated…

April 12, 2015