Looking to the past, we’ve helped change the world for better: the environment; economic equality; racial equality; gender equality; marriage equality – the list goes on.
Looking at now, many social movements igniting are driven by people compelled to take action themselves. People who have agency; people who refuse to be seen as objects of charity; people who are connecting and collaborating; people increasingly doing it without us.
Looking to the future, it’s undeniable the world still needs force for good, but it’s not good enough to stick to what we’ve always done. Our role has to change. We need to be clearer on our relevance and our value, willing to question whether charity as we know it should even still exist!
In this changing world, suddenly the impossible seems possible, the immovable moveable. These are exciting times; a time to be galvanizing and accelerating change.
We need to face up to uncertainty, ready to maximise emerging opportunities and deal with threats. We must reignite our passion, to bust bureaucracy stifling creativity. We need to work out what to keep hold of, mutate, and radically change. Our focus has to be on mission, moving from transactional to engagement, putting impact over brand.
For the past 40 years the IFC has been a world leading forum for sparking change, sharing knowledge and challenging the norm. In 2020, IFC’s 40th year, we will come together to accelerate change – powered by a global community of the brave, compelled by the urgency of our causes to question perceived wisdom, share learnings and real evidence, explore new sustainable ways to deliver impact, new leadership approaches, new collaborations – new ways to be ACCELERATING CHANGE.
To help us understand the changing world better and accelerate change, sessions this year will include elements of the following: