Who will you nominate for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize?

The judges are lined up. The prize money is the bank. The Alliance supplement profiling the short-listed candidates is in the pipe-line for March 2013. And the award ceremony has been confirmed for July next year in St Petersburg, Russia at the first “Emerging Markets Philanthropy Forum, “Emerging Societies – Emerging Philanthropies”.

Nominations for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize close on December 1st 2012 and we are looking for some inspiring examples of individuals who have demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in emerging market country or countries.

As this is the first time the prize is being awarded, we hope to cast the net far and wide both in terms of geographic spread and of different examples of creative philanthropy. So, whether it is an individual using their own philanthropic resources to do something different and innovative or whether it’s someone who is fostering philanthropic giving from multiple sources to address specific issues, we’d like to know!

Yes, the BRICSA countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are some of the more obvious places for us to be thinking of, but there are plenty of other countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, where the gap between the rich and poor is getting bigger by the day and where organized institutional philanthropy has begun to emerge as a potential new force for social good.

So send in your nominations and help connect and shine a light on the emerging field of global philanthropy in all its diverse shapes and forms!

Jenny Hodgson

Technology, social media and innovative thinking for social change: join the conversation TODAY!

Conversations on Social Good continue: Technology, social media and innovative thinking for social change. Next stop… Brazil

November 6-8, 2012

Florianópolis, Brazil and via live stream worldwide

Following the Social Good Summit (presented by Mashable, UN Foundation and 92Y) and joining the Global Conversation on technology, social media and innovative thinking for social change, Brazil will host the Social Good Brazil International Seminar.

The seminar brings together influential minds, social entrepreneurs, innovators and business and community leaders from all over the country, as well as international specialists such as Beth Kanter (The Networked Nonprofit), Simon Mainwaring (We First), Aaron Sherinian (UN Foundation), and Peter Sims (Little Bets). The event is going to connect people from all walks of life to share ideas and actions to make the world a better place.

The Social Good Brazil Seminar will take place on the island of Florianópolis, Brazil, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of November for a group of one thousand attendees, and will be shared around the world via live stream. As with the Social Good Summit, a Digital Media Lounge will gather journalists, bloggers, and social media opinion makers that will report, discuss and share from the site to a global online audience that will be able to interact live.

Among the Brazilian speakers, Reinaldo Pamponet (ItsNOON ) is going to share his insights on a new networked economy, Edgar Morato (Saútil) and Rodrigo Bandeira (Cidade Democrática)  will tell their story of social good initiatives, pointing out the challenges and opportunities. Among the international speakers, Aaron Sherinian (UN Foundation) will present a panorama of social good in the world and Beth Kanter (The Networked Nonprofit) will address how to use social media to drive change.

The seminar is an initiative of VOL and ICom the Community Foundation for Greater Florianópolis, in partnership with the UN Foundation, Fundação Telefônica, Instituto C&A, IBM Brasil, Techsoup Brasil, InterAmerican Foundation and other local partners.

Visit the website: www.sgb.org.br/english

Where:  CIC – Centro Integrado de Cultura. Avenida Governador Irineu Bornhausen, 5600, Agronômica  Florianópolis – SC, Brasil, 88025-202
When:  Tuesday to Thursday, November 6-8, 2012
Agenda and speakers:

For details and a complete list of speakers visit: www.sgb.org.br/english

November 6: from 6 pm to 22 pm (local time UTC -2)

November 7 and 8: from 1 pm to 7 pm (local time UTC -2)

 –      Aaron Sherinian – VP of Communications and PR of the UN Foundation, member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

–      Beth Kanter – Named one of the “most influential women in technology” by Fast Company Magazine, and one of the “voices of innovation for Social Media”, she co-authored “The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change”.

–      Gilson Schwartz – Sociologist, economist, journalist and entrepreneur, Director of Games for Change Latin America.

–      Peter Sims – Consultant and award-winning entrepreneur, author of the best-seller “Little Bets”, which grew out of collaboration with faculty at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the d.school).

–      Reinaldo Pamponet – Ashoka Fellow, partner at ItsNOON, a marketplace for creative economy and one of the “50 Greatest Innovators of the Brazilian Digital World” by Proxxima Magazine.

–      Rodrigo Bandeira – Specialist in web citizenship, founder of Cidade Democrática, a successful online platform that promotes civic engagement.

–      Rodrigo Cunha – Journalist, Head of PR at LiveAD, Senior TEDx Ambassador in Latin America and organizer of Rio +Social.

–      Simon Mainwaring – Specialist in branding and social media, author of the best-seller “We First”. International speaker with engagements including Cannes International Advertising Festival and brands such as Google, Coca-Cola and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Judges announced for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

The Olga Alexeeva Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the names of the six judges who will select the final winner of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize.

The Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize of £5,000 will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market country or countries.

The six judges are:

  • Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director, TrustAfrica, Senegal
  • Ana Valéria Araújo, Executive Director, Brazil Human Rights Fund, Brazil
  • Shenyu Belsky, Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, China
  • Christopher Harris, independent consultant and former Philanthropy Bridge Foundation trustee, USA
  • Kavita Ramdas, Representative, Ford Foundation India
  • Larissa Zelkova, CEO, Potanin Foundation, Russia

Our judges possess a rich knowledge of social change philanthropy – particularly in developing and emerging contexts. Their task will be to review a shortlist of nominations and to identify the very first winner of the £5,000 Prize, who will be an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market / developing country or countries.

A shortlist of up to eight finalists will be developed by the following on behalf of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Fund: Maria Chertok, Director, CAF Russia and former PBF trustee; Caroline Hartnell, Editor, Alliance magazine and former PBF Chair; Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations and former PBF adviser.

Profiles of the shortlisted finalists will be featured in a special supplement to accompany the March 2013 edition of Alliance magazine, which will focus on emerging markets philanthropy. We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Charities Aid Foundation, who are sponsoring this supplement in tribute to Olga Alexeeva, who worked with them for many years.

Members of the public will be invited to vote for their preferred candidate through an online vote and a final decision will be made by the panel of judges and announced in April 2013.

The winner will be invited to deliver a keynote speech at the Emerging Markets Philanthropy Forum ‘Emerging Societies – Emerging Philanthropies’ which will take place in St Petersburg, Russia on 1-2 July 2013. In addition, all shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Forum as special guests.

DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM The closing date for applications is 1 December 2012.