Ariadne’s Thread – March 2019

Ariadne’s Thread – March 2019
March 20, 2019 Hannah Stevens

March 2019

Ariadne’s Thread is a monthly update of events, briefings and research for social change and human rights funders. 

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Ariadne News & Events

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER – 2019 ARIADNE POLICY BRIEFING: The 2019 Ariadne Policy Briefing will be held Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th April 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Join us for two and a half days of networking, understanding the cutting-edge issues for European funders, improving your grant-skills and having an enjoyable time in the company of fellow funders and grantmakers. The Briefing will include a selection of visits to local sites of interest to human rights and social change funders, several breakouts and plenary sessions, a grant skills workshop, structured networking, and open spaces that participants can use to organise meetings or group discussions on the day. Click here for the agenda, and here to register.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER – PHILANTHROPY FOR PEACEBUILDING: The Social Change Initiative (SCI) would like to invite you to ‘Philanthropy for Peacebuilding: Insights from Northern Ireland.’ Ahead of the Policy Briefing, this is a timely and important workshop for grantmakers on strategies and approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation in divided/conflict societies. This two-day event will take place in Belfast on 2nd & 3rd April, concluding in time for registration at the Policy Briefing. Click here for the programme, and contact Dr Rachel Williamson, SCI’s Migration Administrator & Researcher: with any questions.

REGISTER NOW – CLIMA FUND: THE UNDERPINNING STORIES DIALOGUE SERIES: How might we approach climate change with funding strategies that reflect the complexity and interdependence of the crisis itself? How might we bridge domestic and international funding initiatives to support linkages within the global climate movement? In this session we will unpack assumptions about geography, how different funders make choices about geographic funding, and what that means for advancing transformative climate action. This webinar is organised by CLIMA Fund, and co-sponsored by Ariadne and several other networks. The event will take place online on Wednesday 24th April at 17.00-18.30 GMT. To register, please click here.

SUBMIT YOUR GRANTS DATA NOW: The Advancing Human Rights research is a collaboration between Candid (formerly known as Foundation Center), Ariadne, Human Rights Funders Network and Prospera. It tracks the evolving state of global human rights philanthropy by collecting and analysing grants data. Its goal is to help human rights funders and advocates make more informed decisions, discover opportunities for collaboration, and increase the effectiveness of their work. Foundations can now submit their 2017 and 2018 grants using this template. If you use software from any of these providers to manage your grants, you can simply export your data into the template. Please email your grants information to as early as possible, but by 30th June at the latest.

REGISTER NOW – ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: A half-hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 16th April at 15:00 GMT. This is an online webinar you can participate in from your desk. To join, you will need a computer or tablet (iPad/Android) to watch the online demonstration. To register, please click here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

*To register for Ariadne events, your institution must be a member organisation of Ariadne. For questions regarding your membership status, please contact Hannah Stevens.


New Research, Articles and Judgements

Fears and Hopes in a Time of Growing Nationalism: Italians’ Attitudes to an Open Society: This report reveals that, although the term ‘open society’ has little traction in Italy, most Italians do support many open society values – particularly those enshrined in the constitution. However, many Italians express a willingness to trade off certain open society principles for economic wellbeing and social cohesion. The report suggests that this readiness to trade off open society principles is likely to be tied to concerns about the economic crisis and migration, both issues that are being used by the two populist parties now in government.

The OGR Guide to Hope-based Communications: For a human rights movement dedicated to exposing abuses, positive communication does not come naturally. But to make the case for human rights, we cannot rely on fear of a return to the dark past, we need to promise a brighter future. OpenGlobalRights argues that a hope-based communications strategy involves making five basic shifts in the way we talk about human rights. This guide has been produced to help us to apply this to any aspect of our daily work.

How Weaponising Citizenship Hurts the Justice System: Should governments permit their citizens who joined ISIS’s caliphate to return home? According to the law, yes. In spite of it, some countries are saying no. This article from OSF follows the decision made by the UK and US to bar the re-entry of a number of said individuals, and to attack the foundations of their right to return by going after their citizenship.

Landmark Case from Romania Expands Possibilities for LGBT Rights: This OpenGlobalRights article from Adrian Coman looks at how a landmark case on same-sex marriage in Romania could expand the possibilities for LGBT rights in the region.

Who is an ’employee’ in the gig economy – and can the courts help protect labour rights? The gig economy is an important global trend revolutionising the traditional concept of employment. Businesses are increasingly using freelancers, “gig” workers and an on-demand reserve of workers, who are classified as “independent contractors.” While on-demand work arrangements are good for people who prefer flexible working hours to the rigidity of full-time employment, they raise serious issues around workers’ rights and protections of workers. This article from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an extract from its recent Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin.

What does Brexit mean for social policy in the UK? This report from the London School of Economics and Political Science explores the potential consequences of the 2016 referendum for public services, inequalities and social rights.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

ARTICLE: Litigating rights carries risks as well as rewards: This OpenGlobalRights article from Martín Abregú argues that, whilst challenging authoritarian and illiberal regimes in court is an important tactic, it should be done with full consideration to the potential risks and pitfalls.

PHOTO SERIES: Peace Wall People: The Youth of Belfast: Toby Binder has been documenting the daily life of teenagers in Belfast since the Brexit referendum, focusing on six neighbourhoods on both sides of Northern Ireland’s peace walls. This photo series illustrates that, no matter which side young people live on, their struggles remain the same.

PODCAST: How a Slovakian neo-Nazi got elected: This podcast covers how, in 2013, the far-right politician Marian Kotleba won a shock victory in regional elections. Four years later, he was voted out in a landslide. But now he’s running for president. A text version is also available.

OBITUARIES: Remarkable women we overlooked in our obituaries: Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, they’re adding the stories of other remarkable people.

VIDEO: Is AI the ‘worst thing to ever happen to women?’ In this video, author Jeanette Winterson reads an extract from her book, ‘Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere,’ in which she describes the threat to women posed by the future dominance of AI, warning society cannot allow it to become a new exclusion zone.

RECORDING: Madness and Human Rights: Ideas about the Past and Future of Mental Health Treatment: This is a recording of  an event held by The Open Society Public Health Program with John Trainor, in honour of his years of service on the Public Health Program Advisory Board. It features a presentation by John Trainor on his work examining how society reacts to the phenomenon of mental illness and the impact of that reaction on how people with mental illness are treated. He looks at examples from the past, reflects on how social acceptance and treatment have changed, and makes suggestions for the future of mental health care.

Do you have a great blog post, case study or podcast you’d like to contribute? We would love to feature it. Email Hannah Stevens at


Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions That Work: This  report aggregates research on the use of grassroots solutions in addressing climate change. It was prepared at the request of the CLIMA Fund, a collaboration between the Global Greengrants Fund, Grassroots International, Thousand Currents, and the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights. The intended audience for this report is the full range of grantmakers and actors working to address climate change. The recommendations included in this report are not designed for any particular actor and, in fact, would necessarily need to be undertaken by many different actors in order to achieve optimal impact.

Out of the Shadows: What Philanthropy is Doing to Support Sex Worker Movements Around the World: There are many ways to support people in the sex industry. This article focuses on funding for current sex workers and sex-worker-led rights organisations, along with related issues like health, poverty, racial and gender justice, labour and human rights, legal empowerment, and movement building for sex workers. Other significant philanthropic efforts, such as those that deal with trafficking or that aim to steer people away from sex work, are only briefly covered.

The State of French Philanthropy: This article from Alliance Magazine looks at the state of French philanthropy today, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fondation de France.

Scaling Deep: In this article from Alliance Magazine, Lankelly Chase Foundation’s Alice Evans talks to Stephen Huddart and Darcy Riddell of the McConnell Foundation in Canada about how a systems change approach has led them to reconsider not only the way they think and work as an organisation, but their attitudes as individuals.

More than the Sum of its Parts: Insights on the Future of European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure: There is increasingly greater recognition that Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure efforts contribute to increasing the effectiveness of the sector. However, the debate continues on the best way to direct these activities as a lever to increase volume, scale and ultimately, impact. While the quest for a better understanding of infrastructure seems to be part of a Zeitgeist at the global level, publications on this subject are rather limited – as are regional level assessments. As the European ecosystem continues to grow and diversify, the need for a meta-analysis emerged to examine opportunities and challenges and determine expectations from organisations going forward. This report seeks to do just that.

Closing Civil Society Space: What Environmental Funders Need to Know: Global Greengrants Fund has collaborated with the Funders Initiative for Civil Society on a new publication to highlight what environmental funders need to know and do about closing civil society space. This article from David Gordon and Chris Allan, co-authors of the report, is a call to action for environmental funders. The full report can be accessed here

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 18th April. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 16th April if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue.


Jobs and Tenders

Director of Programs – Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: Astraea is recruiting for a Director of Programs. This is an opportunity for someone to apply expertise in grantmaking to LGBTQI and gender justice movements, with a strong lens on transforming philanthropy to align its resources with activists’ priorities. Location: New York, United States of America. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Associate Director for Europe (Grants Management) – Open Society Foundations: The Open Society Foundations’ Office of Grants Management seeks an Associate Director for Europe Operations. The purpose of the position is to provide professional management and supervisory support of the team responsible for legal and administrative compliance for the grant-making activity of OSF’s Europe offices. Location: Berlin, Germany. Deadline for applications is 30th March 2019.

Campaigns Leader, Environment Programme – Oak Foundation: The Oak Foundation is looking for a Campaigns Leader to shape new global campaigns in one or more of the following areas: climate change; marine conservation; and wildlife conservation and trade. The successful candidate will report to the Environment Programme Director and work closely with the trustees and the entire environment team to develop concepts and campaign strategies that will lead to fundamental positive changes across the environmental sector. These campaigns will be built and implemented on the strength of existing or new networks and collaboratives. Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline for applications is 10th April 2019.

Barrow Cadbury Trust – Internship: Barrow Cadbury Trust is seeking an Intern to support the day to day delivery of three of its programmes (criminal justice, migration, and economic justice), to assist with the Trust’s communications function, and to enable the post-holder to gain an insight into options for career development in addition to experience gained through work activities. The Internship will be paid the London Living Wage. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 29th March 2019.

Director of Collaboration – Local Motion: Local Motion is a group of six funders who have come together out of a sense of frustration that the current model isn’t working as well as it should for the communities, issues and people they are here to support. The core purpose of the Director of Collaboration role will be to help the group establish where and how they might create a new approach to supporting disenfranchised communities in a more radical, joined-up way. This will be done through co-design and collaboration to either develop a new approach or set of proposals. It is a role that will involve scoping and recommending proposals, but also ‘holding’ and supporting the relationship between the six foundations. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 8th April 2019.

Program Officer (International Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice) – Ford Foundation: The Ford Foundation is seeking a Program Officer to join its new international Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice Program, which seeks to ensure that women and girls, especially those most marginalised, are safer, more empowered and experience less violence. The Program Officer will help shape the new GREJ international program strategy which is geared toward ‘Empowered Women and Girls’ using violence against women and girls as the primary entry point. The successful candidate will develop and manage grant portfolios and related activities; and serve as a thought-leader leveraging partnerships on issues related to violence against women and girls with various public and private settings. Location: New York, United States. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

*For more jobs, see the ‘Career Opportunities’ section on the landing page of the Ariadne portal.


Public Meetings

May 19th – 25th
Andrew Carnegie: Historic or Forward-Looking Philanthropy? The 100th anniversary of the death of Andrew Carnegie will be commemorated with a half-day symposium, which will highlight and discuss current aspects of philanthropy. Questions addressed will include: What is philanthropy today? What forms does it take? How do patronage, foundation and donations in the form of money, things and time relate to each other? How do nobleness, business and politics intervene in philanthropic activities? The event will take place on 24th May in Bern, Switzerland.


March 24th – 30th
Combating Hate Crime in the EU: Preventing Hate Crime, Prosecuting Perpetrators and Supporting Victims: Considering a holistic approach by assessing methods for prevention, recording and responding to hate crime, supporting victims and challenging ingrained perceptions, this symposium is an opportunity to examine hate crime at the European level. Delegates from across the EU representing local authorities, the police, legal professionals and third sector practitioners will be encouraged to present different perspectives, challenge existing practices and offer alternative solutions. The event will take place on 27th March 2019 in Brussels Belgium.

April 7th – 13th
RESCALED: Launch Conference of Movement for Small Scaled Detention: You are invited to learn more and exchange ideas about the penal transition based on an innovative paradigm. Participants will share experiences and insights from the transition theory, criminological and penological innovations, and work together on a strategic program for RESCALED. The event will take place on 10th April 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.


Until 18th August
PRISON: With its bold and unconventional design, the exhibition looks at incarceration from all angles – from imprisonment and exclusion to detention conditions, social reintegration and restorative justice. Each of these notions serves as a reminder that incarceration is a complex and multidisciplinary issue. In addition to exploring the historical, philosophical, anthropological and sociological aspects of incarceration, the exhibition features musical creations, photos, literary excerpts, films and first-hand accounts. In revealing the ambiguous reality of detention, it breaks down stereotypes and raises the possibility of alternatives to a punitive system that dates to the 18th century. The exhibition will be open until 18th August 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

May 26th – June 1st
Forced Displacement Today: The Human Impact: Today, with the number of people uprooted by conflict and violence globally at an unprecedented high, issues related to refugees and migration have become bitterly divisive in many parts of the world – a flashpoint around which concerns about globalisation and its impact are often manipulated for political gain. Yet this trend stands in stark contrast to the hospitality and solidarity of those countries hosting the largest refugee populations, and the upsurge in solidarity across many parts of society today. At this event, UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi will share his perspective on the dynamics of forced displacement and the global response to refugees, drawing on decades of experience in the UN and as a humanitarian aid worker, and looking ahead to the implications of the new Global Compact on Refugees. The event will take place on 27th May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.


April 21st – 27th
Philanthropy Associations of The Future: This meeting will examine the philanthropy support networks and associations of the future, identifying factors that will help and hinder the development of the kinds of associations we want and need.  Philanthropy, and its context, is changing fast, and there will be new challenges and opportunities for philanthropy support associations. There is general agreement that we need a strong global ecosystem of philanthropy support, but there is little knowledge about how we will achieve it. This meeting, and the larger process of recording knowledge about philanthropic association work, will seek to help emerging and existing networks to strengthen their leadership in the philanthropic space, which in turn will strengthen their foundations’ (members) work, and ultimately, civil society. The event will take between 24th and 26th April 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica.


Until 5th May
David Adjaye: Making Memory: How can a building shape our perception of events – and how can architecture, rather than words, be used to tell stories? Discover new monuments and memorials by celebrated British-Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Get a first peek at ongoing work and explore the influences behind the highly acclaimed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. and more. The exhibition will be open until 5th May 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

March 17th – 23rd
Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance: Raquel Rolnik’s new book Urban Warfare: Housing under the empire of finance explores how financialisation has colonised cities and housing systems around the world, provoking homelessness and dispossession despite its promise of homeownership for all. The book examines housing politics and policy from numerous national contexts. Rolnik offers a searing critique of the political economy of housing under neoliberalism and a poignant analysis of how it has decimated households across the globe, as well as an account of how residents and social movements are fighting back. At this book launch, Rolnik will present some of the key arguments of her book. The event will take place on 25th March 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

March 31st – August 25th
Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today: How has the changing landscape of London affected the lives of queer people? In the 1980s, campaigning groups and social spaces proliferated alongside a growing LGBTQ+ rights movement. But are the city’s community centres, bars, cabarets, cruising areas, and other venues for exploring sexuality and trying out new identities now under threat? The market-led redevelopment of hundreds of spaces around London is rapidly changing the capital’s queer scene. This display focuses on the rarely seen archives of queer venues and social networks collated by University College London’s Urban Laboratory. It reveals the radical inventiveness and creativity of London’s queer communities since the 1980s. The exhibition will be open between 2nd April and 25th August 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

April 7th – 13th
Politics, Humanitarianism and Children’s Rights: Bringing together a panel of leading experts, this conversation will analyse how children’s rights have transformed over the last 100 years. Participants will consider how the relationship between politics and humanitarianism is changing amidst transformations in the global ideological landscape, and where this leaves us for the future. The event will take place on 8th April 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

April 7th – 14th
The Impact Revolution: The Role of Law and Lawyers: The Legal Network for Social Impact invites you to its annual conference, which will explore the Role of Law and Lawyers in the Impact Revolution. A varied agenda will cover international and domestic concerns across four streams: Impact Investing, Profit with Purpose, Systems Change and ‘Spotlight On…’. The event will take place on 12th April 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

April 21st – 27th
Unseen Holocaust: You are invited to attend a screening of Unseen Holocaust, a film that shows rare footage of the Holocaust filmed by Soviet camera crews during World War Two. This enables audiences to get a deeper understanding of a neglected part of the Holocaust: the Nazis’ mass shootings of Russian, Ukrainian, and other Jews of the former Soviet Union in 1941 and 1942, that preceded the gas chambers and the death camps. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The event will take place on 25th April 2019 in London, United Kingdom.


March 31st – April 6th
Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Pathways to Refugee Employment: Employment plays a pivotal role in the integration and inclusion of refugees to a new community. Yet, the newly arrived face myriad challenges when accessing the labour market, from language barriers and cultural differences to training needs and skills recognition. Employment agencies are typically at the forefront of helping refugees navigate these obstacles and access the employment opportunities that will support their integration and inclusion. During this webinar, participants will learn about innovative tools developed to ease refugee pathways to employment and support the invaluable work of employment counsellors and settlement workers. The webinar will take place on 4th April 2019.

March 24th – 30th
Global Landscape of Philanthropy Webinar Series: Collaboration: WINGS is holding a webinar series to discuss some of the key issues from The Global Landscape of Philanthropy, one year after it was launched. This report compiles a comprehensive picture of current trends and challenges of the field. The ‘Collaboration’ webinar will consist of a discussion about the increasing opportunities for collaboration inside the field and across sectors, aiming to understand how these alliances can impact the field in the coming years. The webinar will take place on 29th March 2019. The next webinar in the series will be on the subject of ‘Power’ and will take place on 7th May 2019.

April 14th – 20th
Spanish Language Launch of the 2015-16 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities: Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues have collaborated to release a Spanish translation of the full 2015-16 Global Resources Report. Together with ILGA World, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, GPP will host a Spanish-language launch webinar for grantmakers and civil society representatives.  The webinar will take place in Spanish on 17th April 2019.


May 12th – 18th
The International Human Rights Law Implications of Cyber Interference Aimed at Influencing Voters: At this event, Kate Jones, Director of the Diplomatic Studies Programme at the University of Oxford, and Harriet Moynihan, Chatham House and Visiting Research Fellow at the Bonavero Institute, will discuss the human rights issues and implications of cyber interference aimed at influencing voters. The event will take place on 14th May in Oxford, United Kingdom.


March 24th – 20th
BROKEN – A Palestinian Journey Through International Law: Broken – A Palestinian Journey Through International Law, is a documentary about international law and its broken promises at the example of the 700 km-long wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories. In its 2004 Advisory Opinion, the International Court of Justice in The Hague declared the Wall illegal. Now, 14 years later, the Wall is nearing completion. Director Mohammed Alater tries to understand how this is possible. He will attend the screening and take part in the discussion afterwards. The event will take place on 27th March 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

April 14th – 20th
Femicide in Mexico: Femicide is the murder of women, because they are women. This is a major social problem in Mexico, along with other forms of violence against women. This event will look at the causes of femicide and violence against women in Mexico and talk about the possibilities of changing the culture of violence. Participants will do this with journalist Pedro Miguel and the band Snowapple. The band has just returned from a tour through Mexico where they have been trying to raise awareness of the problem, by playing their music. The event will take place on 17th April 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Ariadne is supported by the Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Adessium Foundation, Democracy and Media Foundation, David and Elaine Potter Foundation and Zennström Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants.

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