The 7th SNF Conference on Philanthropy will take place from June 21st to June 23rd, 2018 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Τhe conference is taking place as part of the Summer Nostos Festival, organized and exclusively funded by the SNF.
The 7th SNF Conference on Philanthropy will explore one of the most discussed and debated concepts of our times, that of Disruption. The 21st Century is quickly evolving into an era defined by global disruption, as socio-economic changes and groundbreaking technological advancements are seemingly having a major impact and are turning upside down standard modes of operation, models and assumptions in every area of life, including the field of philanthropy.
The conference will examine, among others, the effects that pervasive inequality has in disrupting social cohesion both in economic terms as well as due to the unequal access to opportunities, education and those factors that facilitate social mobility. On the other hand, the conference will present those who through their groundbreaking work attempt to disrupt this cycle of inequality and bring about change both on a local and global level. Drawing from the Foundation’s global network of partners, we are trying to team up with experts and leaders in their respective fields, to pose difficult questions, deconstruct and explore in depth the meaning and consequences of the ubiquitously used and often misunderstood notion of disruption.
Leading up to the SNF Conference on Philanthropy, on Wednesday, June 20th, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is organizing a workshop on the issue of "Disrupting Polarization". Addressing "polarization" and promoting civic engagement and civil discourse are key elements of the Agora Institute's mission. The SNF has committed $150 million for the development of this multidisciplinary center. The goal of the new joint effort between the SNF and JHU is to forge new ways to address the deterioration of civic engagement worldwide and facilitate the restoration of open and inclusive discourse that is the cornerstone of healthy democracies and societies at large.
To register for the SNF Conference on Philanthropy and the JHU SNF Agora Institute workshop, please complete the online form available here.
Participation is free.