From There to Here: Adapting Global Solutions to American Problems

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York; 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 10036
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Could the solutions to some of America’s most vexing social issues originate in a faraway land?  Although social challenges in education, health, youth engagement, and community development play out differently in locations and contexts across the globe, their root causes are often similar. Thus, a successful intervention employed in one place could be adapted to work in another. But how often do U.S. grantmakers hear about creative solutions from abroad? 

Join us and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore the theme of looking (and learning) globally to identify solutions for improving health, wellbeing, and civic engagement that can be adapted for use in U.S. communities.

Before a panel discussion, attendees will be encouraged to peruse and engage with several exhibits in a global ideas gallery. A panel of grantees currently engaged in the adaptation and application of global ideas in American communities will discuss the importance of looking and learning from abroad, share concrete examples that have been applied in the U.S., and offer ideas on how funders can invest in and promote global learning. You’ll learn how a civic engagement platform from Ireland is spreading social innovations in the U.S.; how programs and practices used in Latin American countries to connect youth to education and jobs are being adapted; and what other countries can teach us about designing and using public spaces to promote health, equity and inclusion. 

The program will conclude with a brief field exercise led by Gehl Institute to explore global themes of reclaiming and repurposing urban space to promote healthy, inclusive public interaction in the heart of New York City. 

  • Global learning and strategies to promote it.
  • How communities are turning insights from abroad into action here in the U.S.
  • How to identify global ideas for U.S. adaptation.
  • How funders can help nurture a global learning mindset among staff and grantees.


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All interested funders.


8:30 - 9:15 AM  Check-in and Global Ideas Gallery opens
9:15 - 10:15 AM  Program
10:15 - 11:15AM  Field Exercise

Registration is required by November 6.

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