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.R.S.V.P. Here
The Underpinning Stories: Climate and Geography
April 24, 2019
9-10:30am PST / 12-1:30pm EST
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.REGISTER HERE
Webinar: The multilateral system and digital sequence information under the ITPGRFA
Thursday April 4th, 2019
19:00 – 20:10 South African/ Central Africa time (UTC+2)
18:00 – 19:10 West Africa Time; 20:00 – 21:10 East Africa Time
Pleas join this webinar moderated by African Center for Biodiversity Researcher and Advocacy Officer, Sabrina Masinjila.
The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA or the "Treaty"), which is aligned with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), deals with issues including the multilateral system (MLS), a global information system, farmers’ rights, benefit sharing fund, sustainable use issues and digital sequence information (DSI). This first webinar in a series will present an overview of the following topics:
- The Treaty and how it overlaps with the CBD
- The multilateral system (MLS)
- Digital sequence information (DSI) and its relationship with the MLS and issues of access and
benefit sharing under the Treaty and the CBD
- Key issues for the next governing body meeting in November 2019 in Rome, Italy
Meeting ID: 491945156Zoom Link Here
The Underpinning Stories: Climate & Capacity
February 28th, 2019
12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST
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?REGISTER HERE
The Underpinning Stories: Climate & Metrics
February 11th, 2019
12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST
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.REGISTER HERE
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
Gather & (Re)create
A community celebration with Thousand Currents
December 4th, 2018
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!RSVP HERE
The Underpinning Stories: Climate & Innovation
October 24th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST
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.REGISTER HERE
COCAP: Closing the Wealth Gap
October 22nd, 2018
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.REGISTER HERE
Experiments with Truth: What can we learn from both Mahatma AND Kasturba Gandhi?
Friday, October 19th, 2018
1330 Broadway, Suite 300
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.RSVP HERE
Land & Power in South Africa ft. Mazibuko Jara & Solome Lemma
October 17th, 2018
Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
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.REGISTER HERE
Lunch with members of Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda, Thousand Currents partner from Keiskammahoek, South Africa
October 17th, 2018
1330 Broadway,Suite 300
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.RSVP HERE
Tea with Thousand Currents E.D.
October 16th, 2018
1330 Broadway, Suite 300
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.RSVP HERE
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