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The Underpinning Stories: Scale & Climate

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Scale - what it looks like, when and how to achieve it and when and how not to, and funders' role in supporting scale - is tricky. How can we be driven by the urgency of climate change, while slowing down enough to listen and make choices that will effectively reduce emissions and sustain all life? In this online conversation, we will unpack how funders approach scale in their work and how that impacts who and what is funded. The session - the second of five in the series - will include a dialogue between invited speakers, followed by smaller group conversations among participants. Please join the CLIMA Fund (formerly Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund) for an online dialogue exploring the assumptions and narrative frames funders use to understand innovation in climate action. The CLIMA Fund is a collaboration between Thousand Currents, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Rights, Grassroots International, and Global Greengrants.

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  • Ellen Dorsey | Executive Director | Wallace Global Fund

  • Vini Bhansali | Executive Director | Solidaire Network

  • Thea Gelbspan | Membership and Solidarity Director | International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • Kevin Starr | Executive Director | Mulago Foundation


Co-Sponsors:

Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Human Rights Funders Network, Confluence Philanthropy, the Ariadne Network, the Center for Story-Based Strategy, JusticeFunders, and the Whitman Institute


About this Dialogue Series:

As is the case with many systemic, pressing challenges, no one has all the answers. The CLIMA Fund will be creating a space for transparent, deeper discussion about the underlying narrative frames and assumptions around who climate protagonists are and what constitutes a ‘climate solution.’ Participants will walk away with new understanding of the hypotheses that fellow funders hold about addressing the climate crisis and new ideas about how we are supporting climate solution practitioners as a community. Our second dialogue will be focused on ‘scale’ and will take place in early December.

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