Date: 18 October 2017

New Democracy Movements and Systems Thinking

Location: San Francisco


The Philanthropy Workshop invites you to a day-long program on new democracy movements in the U.S. and systems thinking as a tool for change. A cocktail reception follows.

Making real and lasting change requires navigating within an interconnected ecosystem of social, cultural, political and economic forces.

We start the morning with TPW members exploring new democracy movements within the current U.S. political climate. Maureen Blanc (TPW 2004–05) facilitates this session with leadership at the Tides Advocacy Fund, Democracy Labs and Emerge America to explore the growing democracy movements across the country. We take a strategic look at the current policy and political ecosystem and how philanthropy can be used and redirected for impact. We are joined by a leading political strategist, Katie Merrill, president of The Merrill Strategy Group.

In the afternoon we turn to systems change as an approach to addressing root causes of problems. TPW members join the 2017–18 cohort and thought leaders in this field for an interactive workshop to demystify systems thinking and uncover concrete ways to apply it in your philanthropic work.

Glen Galaich, now CEO of Stupski Foundation, is one of the several experts who will share insights on how philanthropy can play a systems-changing role. Senior members of FSG lead our group through breakouts applying systems thinking to specific causes, including criminal justice, early childhood education and women and girls.

Afterwards, we toast the new cohort at a welcome reception at the home of Winn Ellis (TPW 2015–16).

Download the complete agenda here.