Pia Infante

Do Less, Accomplish More: The Art of the Un-Conference

By April 9, 2015

Thinking forward towards a gathering TWI will be hosting this fall, I’ve been reflecting on the delicate art of the Un-Conference.  I think of these as experiences that relatively quickly cultivate authentic connection and intimacy between strangers, stimulate new learning, and are spacious enough to allow for emergence. There’s a facilitation metaphor that fits here: …

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Beyond The Bounded Grounds

By April 1, 2015

How can I take my “retreat self” home, to live & breathe beyond the bounded grassy grounds of the retreat center? I’ve just returned from the IDEX Academy, which brought a globally sourced faculty together with U.S. based donors/philanthropists to cultivate creative, collaborative, culturally competent ways to up-end inequality through giving (locally and globally). During our last…

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8 Ways Funders Can & Do Support Emergent Racial Justice Movements

By March 9, 2015

The week after #Selma50, and in the wake of the rising visibility of modern movements for racial justice like #blacklivesmatter, is as timely as ever to highlight the ways funders can and do support emergent racial justice movement building – particularly those that were catalyzed by the events in Ferguson, whose police force is the…

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Rules to Give By Can Be Hard Habits to Break

By February 26, 2015

Recently, TWI grantee Nexus Global Youth Summit put out a study on global tax codes that encourage or prevent individual and organizational giving. It’s called “Rules to Give By” and it’s fascinating. The findings were by and large that 77% of the countries indexed do indeed provide tax incentives for giving, a heartening fact.  I…

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5 Lessons from a Connections Fund About Collaboration

By January 30, 2015

Like many funders, TWI has wondered and experimented with how to creatively enable and support collaboration – cross sector, cross strategy, cross issue, cross movement. Every 18 months or so we host a retreat designed to bring our network of grantees, funder friends, and like hearted colleagues together with the simple intention of building relationships,…

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