Wednesday, December 21, 2016

'Blueprint 2017' Warns of Dangers to Civil Society

Philanthropy News Digest
December 15, 2016

The "big ideas that matter" for 2017 include the need for clearer boundaries between philanthropic and political activities and a larger role for civil society in shaping digital systems and technologies, leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz argues in Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017 (40 pages, PDF).
Published by GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, the eighth edition of Bernholz's annual forecast highlights two trends that civil society will need to address in the new year — the blurring of boundaries between politics and philanthropy, as the civil-society norms of privacy and anonymity are used to hide political activity; and the threat to free expression and association posed by the commercial ownership and government surveillance of the digital infrastructure on which civil society heavily depends.
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