Category Archives: News

Thinking Smaller, But Cheerfully: Philanthropy in the New Global Economy

Foundation assets are generally derived from the skilled conversion of environmental capital into financial capital. We’ve grown or sustained these assets through investing that financial capital in the glorious hungry beast that is globalizing capitalism. And with our grantmaking (and sometimes mission related investments) we have then sought to convert that financial capital into social […]

Ethiopia: Konso People Celebrate UNESCO World Heritage Support

On a recent sunny day in southwestern Ethiopia, the Konso people danced through the streets and sang enthusiastically to the music of a marching band.
Their colorful clothing, traditional masks and shields, and decorative feathers hinted at what a special occasion they were marking: the announcement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) […]

West African Farmers in Direct Dialogue with AGRA and UK Parliament

In a rare, inclusive gathering last month in Accra, Ghana, small-scale West African farmers engaged in a high-level policy dialogue with representatives from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and their primary funders. More than one hundred participants including farmers from Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone; AGRA’s President […]

Indigenous Voices on Climate Change Reach U.S. Capital

Living closer to the land than people in so-called developed societies, Indigenous peoples and local communities feel the effects of climate change more deeply. Yet, their voices and sophisticated knowledge systems have not been given much respect in the global dialogue on climate change. Now, their messages are being projected loud and clear, a stone’s […]

Melanesian Music Makes Global Scene

From women slapping water rhythms to pidgin-English hip-hop, the sounds coming out of modern Melanesia are as vibrant and diverse as the many peoples that  live there.
Stretching from Papua New Guinea to Fiji, with Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and many small islands in between, Melanesia has more languages than any region on the planet. Now, the […]