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Hard Questions on the Current and Future Role of Philanthropy

What role will philanthropies and foundations play in the year 2050? Stanley Foundation President Keith Porter considered this question in a keynote address to the Foundations 20 Platform in June in Tokyo by reflecting on the power and position that philanthropies and foundations have historically held and how that will change in the decades to come.

Porter challenged philanthropies and foundations to listen to those who are actively engaged in work on the ground, invest in future leaders, prioritize network building, and articulate a common vision inclusive and representative of all voices.

Read and share the remarks.

Youth Working in Climate Change, Health Take a "Temperature Check"

More than 30 young activists working in the health and climate sectors strategized policy advocacy messages to raise ambition on climate action at the "Temperature Check" workshop organized by the Stanley Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, World Health Organization, and Wellcome Trust, during London Climate Action Week. This activity helped cultivate connections and interactions across a wide range of health and climate communities which often have little interaction. At the London workshop, participants enhanced their knowledge about the nexus between climate change and health, and forged partnerships during small-group brainstorming sessions and plenary presentations.

Journalists Gain New Insights on Covering Transition to Clean Energy

The shift away from fossil fuels in Southeast Asia is critical as this important region’s economies develop and energy needs expand. Southeast Asia is also one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change, with impacts   forecast to worsen dramatically if it does not pivot to clean energy sources. At an October 2018 workshop co-organized by the Stanley Foundation in Bali, Indonesia, participants identified a critical need for a change in the media narrative in the region around the potential for clean energy. With that in mind, the Stanley Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation in June co-organized a three-day workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, for journalists  covering business, economics, and finance in Southeast Asia. Participating journalists came away with new knowledge, resources, and  ideas for strengthening their reporting on the transition to clean energy. Learn more about the workshop.

Stanley Foundation and University of San Diego Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Launch Impact:Peace

What are the most promising policy processes that could prevent new outbreaks and reduce ongoing instances of mass violence? What kind of evidence is needed to support those processes? How can Impact:Peace provide such evidence? These were the questions that experts in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and atrocity prevention discussed May 20–22, during the launch of the Impact:Peace initiative at the University of San Diego's Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

Impact:Peace will provide research and evidence to policymakers to accelerate ongoing efforts to reduce and prevent mass violence. Discussions about the next steps for the Impact:Peace initiative are continuing throughout the summer. Get involved.

HEATHER MAXWELL is the operations administrative assistant at the Stanley Foundation. Before coming to the foundation, she worked in the information technology and human resources departments at an engineering firm and agricultural company in Muscatine, Iowa, and was an administrative assistant to the president of a local nonprofit. Heather has experience facilitating training and logistics for employees and working on the help desk for those with questions about computing. Learn more about Heather.

NOW HIRING: Policy Program Associate, Mass Violence and Atrocities

The Stanley Foundation seeks a program associate to contribute energy, creativity, and skill to the design and implementation of innovative programming on mass violence and atrocities. Current programming focuses on engaging diverse stakeholders at multiple levels to create durable and inclusive institutions and mechanisms that strengthen societal resilience to mass violence and atrocities. Read and share the job description.

Use of Blockchain in Nuclear Safeguards Holds Promise

The potential use of blockchain technology in nuclear safeguards, examined in this policy analysis brief, elicited an optimistic response in early June at a Stanley Foundation workshop in Vienna. In partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Stimson Center, the workshop included interactive lectures on blockchain technology and industry applications, as well as a live demonstration of how blockchain could be used in tracking nuclear materials transactions. This spurred more detailed, robust discussions on safeguards applications, as well as what would galvanize different users to support the development and use of blockchain. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants generally supported further investment in research and development of a blockchain system for nuclear information management.

Tang Highlights International Just-Transition Efforts at Climate Week

Rei Tang, the Stanley Foundation's program officer for climate change, provided an international perspective at a panel discussion at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, during London Climate Action Week in July. The panel examined regional challenges of the transition to a net-zero economy and ways to attract low-carbon investments. During his remarks, Tang talked about how governments are incorporating a just transition into their long-term strategies to combat climate change. The Stanley Foundation has brought together a number of stakeholders to explore ways to ease the major socioeconomic challenges associated with limiting global warming to 1.5C°. 

Investigation U. Gets at the "Roots" of Modeling Global Citizenship

During the last two weeks in June, seventh graders from Muscatine, Iowa were challenged to go outside their comfort zones and think about the world beyond their backyard at the ninth annual Investigation U. day camp. The camp, a part of the Stanley Foundation’s community partnerships programming, advances core tenets of global citizenship and global education, which the foundation has promoted in its hometown for nearly 50 years. The theme of this year's Investigation U. camp was “Roots," and encouraged young campers to discover the cultural roots of Africa through dance and storytelling; learn about the roots of music along the Mississippi River; and grow, cook, and try healthy foods to return to the roots of what the body needs. Campers examined real plant roots under microscopes, created root art, and toured a local art museum, all while expanding their perspectives on what it means to be a global citizen.

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