Philanthropy - Roads to Social Change

a challenge to uncover new territories

Day 1, Wednesday, 8th of June


We will have tracks from different fields available for you to choose (education, culture&arts, citizenship, urban planning, social entrepreneurship). Each track will contain 3 small-group visits and discussions with vibrant and innovative initiatives from the following fields. Visits will allow for interaction with project leaders and conference colleagues. Each track will combine meetings with grassroots initiatives and groups working on policy change - or organizations which combine the two levels of change-making work. Each field visit track will have a limited number of participants. Tracks and a description of the organizations that we will visit will be available to choose from in the Register area starting May 23rd.

09:00 - 09:15  Registration (available at the entrance of Orhideea Conference Room)

09:15 - 10:00  Conference welcome session. Field visits groups meet their facilitators

10:00 - 17:30  Field visits

17:30 - 18:00  Groups will arrive back at the hotel

19:30 - 21:00  Dinner

Day 2, Thursday, 9th of June


9:30 – 10:45  Sharing insights from the visits: working on groups per site visits tracks with the task to share insights and discover roads and destinations to social change within that track. Questions to address: how do the organisations/experts visited see the social change in that particular field of work; what are some approaches they use/recommend? What are the strong points and what is missing from the picture your experience? What can we learn about social change processes from these visits. 

10:45 - 11:15 Exercise of sharing learning from the visits with participants from different tracks and discover similarities and differences. 

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee/Tea/Networking/Relaxation Break

11:45 - 13:00 Creating cross-field visual maps of lessons learned about social change from the site visits, with and from the experience of the group.

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch/Networking Break


14:30 - 17:30 Roads to Social Change Challenge: exploring different approaches to social change through individual and small group customized experiences. The challenge will include a series of stop points where you will be encourage to relate to a case study or experience, reflect or contribute with a story. There will be particular 'rules of the game’ for this challenge that would enable you to try to achieve a particular objective, cooperate with others and gather resources to advance in the game. 

Meeting points: experiences in the roads to social change challenge will give you options to reach one of the meeting points to explore together with peers one of the following topics: 

Discovering and supporting new initiatives and leaders: how can we go beyond what is currently on the map and help discover new leaders or create new initiatives/infrastructure organizations? Is it possible to encourage second/third generation leadership in established structures?

Innovation: how can design thinking contribute to our work, what is the role of support organizations in producing and sharing innovation, what can we learn from other sectors, what innovations in organizational structures do we see emerging? 

Collaboration: how do we engage different constituencies in the life of organizations, building likely and unlikely alliances, supporting donor collaboration, how can we support bonding or bridging forms of social capital and which of them do we need more? 

Knowledge:  how can we root better the strategies of support (and broader policies) in practice; can we access data about what works better; what is the role of donors, philanthropic counselors and philanthropy support organizations professionals in stimulating knowledge building (creation and sharing) for their constituencies?

Grantmaking practice: in a diversity of working structures how can we build better relations between nonprofits/social entrepreneurs, clients/beneficiaries, donors/supporters that encourage wider impact and social learning; what is the changing nature of these relationships in time; how we deal with different transformational journeys and what is the role of philanthropic counsellors. Can we move beyond project grant-making and should we? 

19:00 - 22:00 Cultural program: theater play Provizoriu (Temporary) – a play developed by Reactor Cluj; dialogue with the actors. Dinner, drinks and relaxation included. 

Day 3, Friday, 10th of June


10:00 - 11:30  With what do we ourselves contribute to the field of development through our own practice? How easy or hard it is to learn and what are some blockages or obstacles? What makes a journey transformational? Includes reflection on Roads to Social Change Challenge and exploration of how we can support create leaps in our own development or support others learn in practice. We might also refer to storytelling structure to identify heroes, guides, villains and obstacles on the journey.

11:30 - 12:00   Coffee/Tea/Networking/Relaxation Break


12:00 - 13:30  We’re building on the previous day experience and some individual reflection to build a canvas of what we understand by social change and where it takes us: What outcomes do we have in mind when we think of social change? What are the signs that indicate we are on the appropriate path? How we link individual, organisational and community levels to impact wider social change? Are the paths of building knowledge, collaboration, innovation, new leadership and grant-making effective? What else is there? Do we understand the rules of the game in influencing social change? 

13:30 - 15:00    Lunch/Networking Break


15:00 - 17:00   World Cafe Conversation (we provide the coffee and tea and you provide the ideas :) In order to continue to play a role in social change agenda, we have to continue to be open to understanding context changes and learning new ways of engagement. What are some of the trends we notice? Are the rules of the game changing? In which way? What are the new forces? And do we have to change ourselves to ride the wave? How?

17:00 - 17:30  Conference closing session. 

20:00 - 21:30  Optional dinner