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The Long View: FORESIGHT in Philanthropy

Dec 2, 2021 3:00 p.m. Eastern

The future isn’t something that’s “out there.” It’s on the way, right now. Many of us feel this in our day to day lives—things seem to come our way faster and faster, and they’re more complex than ever. The pandemic. Climate change. Social movements. The Great Resignation. How, amidst all of this, can we ensure that the future that arrives is more equitable and just? How do we build bridges from today and “business as usual” to a new future, one where everyone is thriving with no exceptions?

In order to meet this moment, The Rippel Foundation has launched a series of informative and interactive webinars for funders. The first call in the series, was codesigned by Grantmakers In Health, and we heard from futurist Richard Lum of Vision, Foresight, Strategy. Dr. Lum led a conversation on how foundations can orient their work towards an equitable horizon, and what practices can begin to bridge to this future. Participants finished the hour with an understanding of how to assess where they are today plus how to marshal the resources and will to begin building more equitable and innovative pathways.