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The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center: cultivating civil society tough Leaders

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center provides civil society practitioners space and time to nurture ideas, advance thinking, and catalyze action that ultimately strengthens the well-being of humanity. The Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies.

This is an important opportunity for civil society leaders worldwide to generate knowledge and spur innovation. Why? The Bellagio Center wants to support innovative thinking from civil society leaders around the world and is making a proactive effort to reach out. Conversations around the table during both residency programs and conferences have led to books, strategic organizational plans, partnership initiatives, and even global movements. All residency program and conference hosts remain part of a global network of leaders from various fields all working to improve human wellbeing.

The Bellagio Center is particularly interested in supporting senior civil society leaders’ knowledge and insights, individuals who are engaged in leading major change in the world, and emerging leaders with demonstrable success and upward trajectories. Practitioners can be both “doers” as well as thought leaders. The program is an opportunity to meet leaders from various fields all working to improve human wellbeing. Program alumni are part of a global network of leaders with whom participants can continue to keep in touch.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Through a four-week residency program in Bellagio, Italy, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center provides civil society practitioners space and time to nurture ideas, advance their thinking, and catalyze action. The goal? Strengthen the well-being of humanity. The opportunity is open to senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, and social entrepreneurs with significant experience in a broad range of fields and sectors.

As a resident, you can step away from your office to reflect and advance a strategic project in an environment where you engage with fellow resident scholars, artists, and policymakers from throughout the world. Practitioner residents capture lessons learned from past experiences in the NGO sector, create strategic plans to influence the future of organizations or the sector at large, and distill insights into writing that can inform a variety of audiences. Residency Programs have led to books, strategic organizational plans, partnership initiatives, and even global movements. All residents remain a part of a global network of leaders who strive to create a better future.

HOST A CONFERENCE
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center offers civil society leaders space and support to host international conferences that inform discourse, build resilience, and advance inclusive economies. Conference host organizations are chosen through a competitive process. The foundation provides facilities, accommodations, and some travel support at no cost to conference organizers or attendees.

These conferences provide an opportunity for small, focused groups to inform ideas and initiatives that strive to further human wellbeing—all in a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work. All conference hosts and participants remain a part of a global network of leaders who strive to create a better future.

Conferences at the Bellagio Center are intended to establish and strengthen connections across disciplines and geographies. They encourage dynamic, small group interactions, and promote innovative and creative thinking—all in a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work.

Approximately two thirds of the conferences that take place at Bellagio are organized by external institutions that share interest in either the Rockefeller Foundation’s strategic goals of advancing inclusive economies or building resilience or in the Foundation’s four focus areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.

Applications for Practitioner residencies are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at interim deadlines. Upcoming interim deadlines for review cycles in 2017 is March 31, 2017.

More info:
• VIDEO: Residency Program for Civil Society Leaders
• VIDEO: Conference Center

You can apply HERE !