A day-long conference on the implications for philanthropy of the shifts created by our existing digital systems.
What are these implications? In two words, new dependencies. Civil society and philanthropy are no longer independent in the ways that we have long assumed them to be. The nature of the digital political economy – dominated by commercial device and service providers and operating on networks that are under pervasive government surveillance – has displaced independent space for philanthropic and civil action.
This is true for all organizations in which people use the most basic digital tools – networked computers, cell phones, or email. It is also true regardless of your foundation or organization’s mission or the nature of the partners with which you work. The digital political economy shifts the structure of sector relationships and requires us to reconsider the independence of all nonprofit entities, funders included.
With our host, the Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation, we will together learn more about these shifts, and consider their implications for your work as funders or organizational leaders, and for philanthropy as a whole.
The Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS has spent the last year researching this topic with colleagues in 11 cities on 6 continents. We invite you to join us to contribute to this global exploration.