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Meet Thousand Currents’ New E.D. Solomé Lemma in NYC

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
6 - 9 P.M. EST
Brooklyn, NY

Hosted by our friends at NoVo Foundation in the heart of Brooklyn, we are throwing a party to welcome our Executive Director Solomé Lemma as New York’s newest resident! Gather with friends of Thousand Currents and NoVo Foundation for laughter, stories, delicious food for all diets, music, and merriment. We will have a short program at 7 pm, so stay the whole time or stop in for whatever length your schedule allows - our goal is to connect and build community in whatever ways we’re able.

Please RSVP by December 3, 2019.

*RSVP is required.

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A Just Transition for Philanthropy:
Regenerative relationships between grantees & funders

If a Just Transition for philanthropy means shifting philanthropic practices away from extraction and towards regeneration, what do regenerative relationships look like within a funder/grantee power dynamic?

In a series of paired conversations between social justice leaders and funders, we’ll explore how foundations can recognize extractive practices, overcome power dynamics, and build trusting & authentic relationships that support community self-determination and honor community expertise.

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The Underpinning Stories: Climate and Geography

April 24, 2019
9-10:30am PST / 12-1:30pm EST
Virtual Gathering

Please join the CLIMA Fund for the last of 5 dialogues. We'll be unpacking assumptions about geography, how different funders make choices about geographic funding, and what that means for advancing transformative climate action.


The Underpinning Stories: Climate & Capacity

February 28th, 2019
12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST
Virtual Gathering

Please join the CLIMA Fund for the fourth in five dialogues. What is capacity and why (or why not) is it important to climate action? In this online conversation, we will explore how funders assess and understand capacity in grantmaking and on-the-ground work, and what some of our assumptions are about grantee partner capacity. In the context of climate, what constitutes efficient and resourced work?


The Underpinning Stories: Climate & Metrics

February 11th, 2019
12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST
Virtual Gathering

Please join the CLIMA Fund for the 3rd in 5 dialogues. We'll be exploring how funders might bridge the gap, translate, and communicate the impact of diverse climate solutions. In this online conversation, we will discuss what might be important to evaluate, what’s not, and how we can evolve evaluation practices to support rather than hinder climate solutionaries.


Effective Altruism & Grassroots Movement-Building

January 22, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PT
88 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

Join Blue Heart www.blueheartaction.org for a discussion to learn more about Effective Altruism (EA) and grassroots movement-building. The discussion will tackle tough questions about the limitations of philanthropy, the opportunities for bigger impact, and the contradictions of measuring social change. There will be tensions, there will be inspiration, and there will be cookies.

- Jacy Reese | Research Director | Sentience Institute
- Rajiv Khanna | Director of Philanthropic Partnerships | Thousand Currents

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Gather & (Re)create

A community celebration with Thousand Currents

December 4th, 2018
6-9pm PT
Qulture Collective
1714 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA

Join us for a multi-generational year- end gathering to celebrate Thousand Currents and the amazing work of our partners. Enjoy food, drinks, DIY activity stations and dance the night away to the music of DJ Nina Sol and DJ heyLove*. There will be a short program around 7pm. Stop in for as long as you can or stay for the whole evening.

Come gather and (re)connect to our Thousand Currents community!


The Underpinning Stories: Climate & Innovation

October 24th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST
Virtual Gathering

Please join the CLIMA Fund (formerly Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund) for an online dialogue exploring how funders understand the much-used term “innovation”. Novel and creative ideas are needed to tackle the greatest challenge that has faced humanity - climate change. Yet there is significant disagreement about what constitutes innovation, and where that innovation is coming from. We will unpack how funders understand innovation and what that means for those who receive funding. The session will include a dialogue between invited speakers, followed by smaller group conversations among participants.


COCAP: Closing the Wealth Gap

October 22nd, 2018
5-9pm PT
Oakland Impact Hub
2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA

This year marks the fifth annual COCAP event. In collaboration with BALLE and The Runway Project, brilliant minds from across the country will gather to discuss this year’s theme, Closing the Racial Wealth Gap, including Thousand Currents' Rajiv Khanna (staff), Amaka Agbo (board member), and Nina Robinson (BVF fellow).

Using a rotating fireside conversation style, we will examine strategies for building a more equitable economy that creates well being for all. We will highlight community wealth building innovations that are working toward leveling the playing field. Along with learning what we need to do to create a fair and inclusive economy, we will discuss who we need to be to truly close the gap.


Experiments with Truth: What can we learn from both Mahatma AND Kasturba Gandhi?

Friday, October 19th, 2018
1330 Broadway, Suite 300
Oakland, CA

We invite you to join us in conversation with Ms. Shashi Tyagi, lifelong Gandhian activist, winner of the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Award, and co-founder of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti / Center of People’s Science for Rural Development (GRAVIS), a long-term Thousand Currents partner. On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas “Mahatma” and Kasturba Gandhi (his wife), learn how Ms. Tyagi's deeply-held belief in Gandhian ideology inspired her to overcome many challenges in her 50 years of public service and social activism.

Ms. Tyagi will highlight land rights, gender justice, and the lasting - and often hidden - legacy of Kasturba Gandhi in this lunchtime discussion.

Photo credit: https://www.aviisi.fi/2016/11/every-girl-after/

Land & Power in South Africa ft. Mazibuko Jara & Solome Lemma

October 17th, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm
First Congressional
Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA

What are some of the social changes and economic contentions in South Africa nearly 25 years after Mandela became the first Black president of the nation? Discussing the current political realities in South Africa beyond news headlines, Mazibuko Jara of Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda and Solomé Lemma, Thousand Currents Executive Director, will delve into how issues of expropriation of land without compensation, land rights, unemployment, migration, gender based violence, xenophobia, and self-determination have historically been contested from varying angles and sectors and the ways in which they continue to be central debates in the country. The Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda rural movement’s experience will be used as a case study of responsive mobilization by a social movement from below.


Lunch with members of Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda, Thousand Currents partner from Keiskammahoek, South Africa

October 17th, 2018
12-1:30pm PT
1330 Broadway,Suite 300
Oakland, CA

Join us for lunch with Mazibuko Jara and Mthwakazi, members from Thousand Currents' partner organization Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda, while they are in town from South Africa. Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda is a community-owned rural movement organizing for community self-determination in Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape. Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda mobilizes and supports villagers to envision and drive their own self-empowerment, and actively promotes community-driven, integrated, and ecologically sustainable development. Lunch will be provided.


Tea with Thousand Currents E.D.

October 16th, 2018
4- 5:30pm
1330 Broadway, Suite 300
Oakland, CA

Take an afternoon break to enjoy a warm cup of tea and sweet treats with our new Executive Director, Solome Lemma! this intimate community gathering will be a great opportunity to get to know our new fearless leader.