Friday, January 20, 2012

The Bellagio Initiative

New ideas for advancing well being in the developing world emerge on a daily basis.

The Bellagio Initiative is a series of global consultations to produce a new framework for philanthropic and international development collaboration in pursuit of human wellbeing in the 21st century. The project is led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Throughout 2011 and moving into 2012, the Initiative is engaging a diverse international group of practitioners, opinion leaders, social entrepreneurs and donors to consider innovative solutions to some of the major challenges affecting poor people today. The Initiative is built on Global Dialogue meetings with key constituencies around the world, commissioned papers and a recent Summit which was held in Winter 2011 at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy.

The Rockefeller Foundation is continually seeking out a wide range of partners – entrepreneurs, activists, technological innovators, social innovators, government leaders and others who are constantly experimenting to find new ways to solve the challenges they confront. In convening the Bellagio Initiative, they provided a forum to listen to those partners and their innovative solutions for the philanthropic and development communities.

In particular, at the Bellagio Initiative Summit in November they brought some of these partners together, giving them the chance to expand their networks and source new ideas. A full in-depth report on the Initiative will be released later in 2012. For now, it's possible to hear just a few of the insights that emerged from the Summit. Watch the video for key moments and learnings now:

The video includes contributions from Bellagio Initiative delegates, including: 
Caroline Anstey, World Bank James Chen, Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation Jay Naidoo, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Malcolm Bruce, UK House of Commons Roberto Bissio, Social Watch Samia Yaba Nkrumah, Member of Parliament, Ghana Tariq Cheema, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.

1 comment:

  1. I would like the opportunity to have such an audience consider "Mega planning" as an approach to strategic thinking and planning. Successfully applied almost world-wide, it starts with tomorrow's child as the primary client and beneficiary of what is used, done, produced, and delivered.