The world is topsy-turvy at the moment. One crisis after another. With little prospect that the situation will improve. We need resilience on every level – as individuals and as a society, in business and in international collaboration, and within our planet’s ecosystem.
Resilience is the invisible force that empowers us to act with foresight, anticipate crises and overcome them. It’s about looking fearlessly to the future and accepting the risks that may be waiting ahead. And wanting to take action to shape the future, change the present and prepare for potential crisis situations in the process.
Where does the philanthropic sector come in?
Louise Pulford, CEO of the globally active Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), wants to see the sector playing a much more active role. It should leave its comfort zone and make the most of all the room for manoeuvre given the readily available capital, the networks and the skills ready to be drawn on. Thinking bigger, being flexible, breaking down barriers and building bridges. All while staying modest if we follow Roger de Weck’s lead in our interview.
This issue of The Philanthropist shows just how much foundations and NPOs are already doing to ensure that our society is more resilient in the future. From the Salvation Army with its collection tins to Stiftung Mercator Schweiz and its support for a collaborative project called newstest.ch that allows each of us to check our own media literacy level. Are you resilient when it comes to fake news?
On a personal note, we want to take this opportunity to wish you a fantastic festive season. And happy reading – we hope you can take away plenty of inspiration from this issue to improve your own resilience.