Creating space for the incubation of new ideas

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Presentation given by Maria Orejas-Chantelot from the European Foundation Centre at the FEANTSA/HABITACT seminar "Tackling homelessness as a social investment for the future: Looking at the bigger picture", 12th June 2013, Amsterdam

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  • Creating space for the incubation of new ideas

    1. 1. EUROPEANFOUNDATIONCENTREAS FACILITATOR ON THEMATICNETWORKS OFFOUNDATIONS WORKING TOGETER ON SOCIAL ISSUESBy Maria OREJASFEANTSA - creating space for incubation of new ideas12 June 2013, Amsterdam
    2. 2. EFC: a snapshotEstablished in 1989, the EFC is an internationalmembership association of public benefit foundationsand corporate funders.203 members plus 45 associatedorganisations from 35 countriesactive in more than 150 countries• Largest representation fromItaly and 90% based in Europe• Main focus on on Education,Arts & Culture, CommunityDevelopment, health and arange of other topics)
    3. 3. What Foundation means?• Autonomous, non-profit organisations• With their own resources• Working locally, regionally and internationally toimprove the lives of citizens• By running and funding activities in myriad areas!
    4. 4. Why work together?ConnectAchieve greater impact through strategic collaborationGain a diversity of perspective to enrich your workIdentify and track cross-cutting issuesLearnAccess strategic resources and high-quality expertiseContribute to building innovative learning toolsStrengthen effectiveness and capacityActEngage in effective and powerful communication activitiesMaximise actions to changing both public attitude and policiesstrengthening the chances for long-term successProvide rapid response to address immediate needs and emergingopportunities within the Philanthropic sector
    5. 5. EFC Thematic Networks• Are platforms for Foundations to build strategicrelationships, share experiences and practices, learn frompeers and collaborate on projects.• Creates the convening space for the incubation of newideas and projects through funder-led networks, fora andevents In times of financial crisis, what better way to increaseyour impact than through collaboration?
    6. 6. Current Thematic Networks• Children and youth• Communications• Disability• Diversity• Environment• Global• Grant makers East Forum• Investment• Learning for well-being• Research• Roma
    7. 7. League of Historical and Accessible CitiesA pilot project implemented in 2011 by 11 foundations in 6European cities (Avila, Lucca, Mulhouse, Turin, Viborg, Sozopol): To Improve accessibility of historical towns and promote sustainabletourism for all To Inspire other entities and being an hub to exchange goodpractices and know-outImplementing a full accessible itinerary in the city center.Accessible for all: monuments, museums, hotels, shops,restaurants, training courses, technology to ensure leisure andcultural experienceCommon strategy and open perspective, space for creativity andinnovation at the local levelHolistic concept following the principles of universal accessibility
    8. 8. LHAC – Some InnovativeAspectsIt stimulated new forms of collaboration at local and national level,creating new forms of interactionsIt focuses on the beneficiaries, constantly involved through theirrepresentative associationsIt is based on a philosophy that believes in the strength of mutuallearning as a way to overcome difficulties. The network acts as a hubfor good practice and know-how exchange among the foundationsand the cities involved in the project.A holistic methodology ensures that all aspects of accessibility aresimultaneously faced and considered.It is an open platform, encouraging the participants to find theapproach best suited to the city of their choice. This enables to createcustomized and local-based solutions rather than global solutionsIt puts forward innovative accessibility solutions that can also bedisseminated and transferred to different contexts.
    9. 9. League of Historical and Accessible Cities• 11 Foundations• 6 Historical cities• 1 Technical Consultant on Accessibility• 50 NGOs and Associations• 30 Accessibility experts, urban planning experts, etc.• The entire itinerary is 15 km in total• Investments for 8.000.000 Euros• 84 organizations involved• 209 Tourism offices and accessible touristic structures• 90 Places of historical interest, museums, monuments, churches• 66 Public Urban Spaces (gardens, parks, squares, markets, etc.)• 62 Public Buildings (libraries, schools, theatres, banks, post offices,etc.)• 4 Training Courses• 14 Innovative Technology Tools (smart-cane, audio guides, cyberwalk, tactile maps, etc.)
    10. 10. For further information, visit ourweb-site:www.efc.beor contactMARÍAOREJASmorejas@efc.beTHANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!

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