Inspiring. That’s the word that I heard over and over again about Monday’s annual conference plenary sessions with former Vice President Al Gore and Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. They urged us to use philanthropy’s innovation to address climate change, re-integrating our military into their home communities, and building a new era of community service, respectively. They pointed to the ability of foundations to do their work over the long haul and yet be swift to respond to societal changes.
We’d love for you to share your ideas on how we might move forward individually or collectively to meet the challenges posed by our Monday plenary speakers. What can philanthropy do about these issues, together? What can a single foundation do? Within your own foundation, are there functions you are moved to do better, to do more, or to do over a longer term?
Please post your reactions, recommendations, and responses to our three impressive guests here. Don’t wait until you get home. Use a few minutes at upcoming conference breaks. Use your waiting time in the airport. Head to the Cyber Café before you leave the conference. Use your iPhones or laptops. Get the dialogue going. We want to hear from you!