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Solidarity and philanthropy

Stefan Schäfers 30 May 2017

Gender solidarity, intergenerational solidarity, solidarity with the poor and excluded, solidarity with refugees, solidarity with victims of terror, solidarity with the politically suppressed, solidarity with countries in crisis… solidarity is a widely used term in …


Attitudes to solidarity in the European Union

Thomas Raines 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Questions of solidarity go to the heart of the European project. While solidarity implies ties of support and sympathy across national boundaries, notions of EU solidarity have been under strain in recent years. In particular, …


What is solidarity? Practitioner perspectives

Alliance magazine 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

We asked a range of people from across the global philanthropy spectrum what solidarity means to them. Here are their responses. ‘Shared values uniting all classes and groups in society; an essential fairness in the …

Countering the demagogues

Vikki Spruill, Sara Lyons, Paula Fabiani and Keiran Goddard 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

From the shock of Brexit in the UK to the surprise election of President Trump in the US and the ensuing massive global mobilization of women’s marches in early 2017, populist movements are achieving unexpected …

Messages that work

Martin O'Brien 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

‘He expanded the definition of “us” and shrank the definition of “them”.’ This was the core of Bill Clinton’s eulogy at the funeral of Martin McGuinness, the former IRA leader turned peacemaker in Northern Ireland. …

Philanthropic solidarity: now more than ever

Jason Franklin 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

The last year has seen a rising wave of threats to democracy, to our environment, and to marginalized communities around the world. Here in the US, an electoral shift has given rise to a threatening …

The power of open dialogue: how to keep Europe talking

Chiara Rosselli, Elizabeth Phocas and Verena Ringler 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Fill a room with European policymakers and ask them about European values. You will quickly become aware of how inflammatory the topic of solidarity has become at EU level. In a continent that is divided, …

Refugees welcome: Germany can do it!

Bettina Windau 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Summer 2015: 200,000…800,000…1,000,000… official estimates of the number of displaced people arriving in Germany continually lagged behind the facts. Germans worried about how their country could deal with such an influx of people. Yet at …

The story of Ghayat and Biggi… and all the others

Axel Halling 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Everything is different for Ghayat Svied now that he knows Biggi Marburger. Gayat Svied is 42 years old, has a degree in biology and worked for 17 years in environmental protection in Syria. For the …

Keeping the ‘open society’ open

Janis Emmanouilidis 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

In recent years, populism and solidarity have been the focus of public debate. Both issues are very much interlinked: if one wants to avoid radical populists gaining the upper hand, solidarity with those who feel …