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Morning Sessions 08:30 - 11:45

08:00

Registration Opens

 

08:30

Welcome to the 2015 Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium

Opening comments from the Symposium’s hosts.

 

08:45

Framing the Day: Philanthropy at the Intersection of Complexity and Simplicity

The Symposium’s Presiding Moderator will provide an overview of the day through the lens of lessons she has learned as an experiential philanthropy educator. Rebecca Riccio, Founding Director, The Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University

 

09:05

Swedes and Philanthropy

Join Nordea Private Banking’s chief wealth and philanthropy advisor Ola Johannesson for a conversation with bank customer Björn Wittmark, philanthropist , entrepreneur and founder of the Mosaik Foundation. You will get the inside story about what inspired Björn to become a philanthropist and hear why philanthropy is part of the Private Banking business.  In addition, we look at  the recent survey initiated by Nordea Private Banking about how Swedes view philanthropy.  This 35-minute session will be moderated by Jan Larsson, Partner Brunswick Group

 

09:40

Break

 

10:00

Speech by Annika Söder, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

 

10:10

Morning Keynote: A Global Overview of Philanthropy

 

Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gunhild Stordalen, Founding Member and the Chair of the Board of the Stordalen Foundation, and Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute, will discuss the roles of government and philanthropy in ending extreme poverty around the world

 

10:45

20 Questions: A Socratic Showdown

Four Swedish philanthropists will explain what they’re working on now – and then challenge the room to ask them five questions each to make their idea better. Laurent “Larry” Leksell, Founder and Chairman Elekta AB and Leksell Social Ventures and Chairman, Stockholm City Mission. Per Josefsson, Philanthropist, Co-founder Brummer & Partners. Gunilla von Platen, Founder and Chairman Xzakt. Sebastian af Jochnick, Board Member, Stichting af Jochnick Foundation. Moderator: Maria Rankka, CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

 

11:30

Reflections on the Morning

Rebecca Riccio, Presiding Moderator

 

11:45

Lunch

Afternoon Sessions 13:15 - 16:50

13:15

Trends in American Philanthropy – What Can We Learn?

This examination of trends in philanthropic thought and practice in the U.S. will include the blurring of boundaries between philanthropy and business; online efficiency improvements for transparency, accountability and gift processing; crowdfunding as a new way of raising funds; generational transitions changing family giving dynamics; “giving while living;” and a growing conversation about giving big. Dr. Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and one of NYC’s Top 20 Young Philanthropists

 

13:55

Using Feedback: An Opportunity to Transform Philanthropy in Scandinavia

This Nordic panel hosted by U.K.-based Alliance Magazine’s Editorial Board will explore how funders can listen to, learn from, and act on what they hear from the people they seek to help. Imagine if foundations were routinely more open about what they do, how they work, why they make the decisions they do, and the lessons they have learned – both the good and the bad. Ingrid Stange, Founder & CEO, Partnership for Change, a Norwegian NGO. Elizabeth McKeon, Program Director IKEA Foundation. Moderator: David Bonbright, Chief Executive at Keystone and formerly with the Aga Khan Foundation

 

14:30

Global Givers: The Power of Storytelling

How do individuals’ cultural heritage and personal journeys influence their decisions about why, how, and when to engage in philanthropy? How do social and cultural norms, as well as political and economic structures influence how philanthropists around the world give?  This conversation between Burcu Mirza and Jason Franklin will draw on her reflections about the influence of her Turkish roots on her philanthropy  and his work with major donors around the world. Burcu Mirza, Director of the Board and Executive Committee Turkish Philanthropy Funds and member of Leadership Council MIT Public Service Center. Moderator: Dr. Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and one of NYC’s Top 20 Young Philanthropists

 

15:10

Break

 

15:30

Unlocking the Value of Social Investments

Companies around the world and their charitable foundations invest billions each year in social programs that aim to address some of the world’s greatest challenges. But are these programs succeeding? Who benefits from these investments and how much? Do companies and foundations fully understand the value of their investments? Panelists will discuss the importance of assessment, measurement, and reporting on the value of social investment and the tools investors can use to understand their impact. Anne Holm Rannaleet, Executive Director IKARE Ltd and Board Member EVPA. Lisen Schultz, PhD, Stockholm Resilience Center and Founder, Pontus Schultz Foundation. Daniel Dellham, Chef Sustainability Consulting, KPMG. Helena Mueller, ‎Sustainability Specialist, KPMG. Julio Garrido Mirapeix, Head of KPMG IDAS, Nairobi. Moderator: Jan Larsson, Partner Brunswick Group

 

16:15

The Ice Bucket Challenge. A Fund-Raising and Internet Phenomenon

From Bill Gates to Kermit the Frog, scores of celebrities and thousands of others have posted videos of ice water being dumped over their heads, resulting in more than 2.4 million tagged videos circulating on Facebook and donations of more than $220 million around the globe. This phenomenon is all about raising money to battle amyotrophic laterals sclerosis or ALS, a disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, for which there is no cure. This session will take you behind the scenes of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of the ALS Association

 

16:45

Closing Keynote: Philanthropy for a Better World

World-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and activist Dr. Jane Goodall will reflect on philanthropy’s role in supporting her life’s work; share insights on how government, business, NGOs, and philanthropy can work together to protect animals and humans; and explain the reasons she has hope for the future. Dr Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute

 

17:15

Continue discussions! Join us for drinks reception and mingle.

 

19:00

End of day. Join us again next year!