The annual Global Pro Bono Summit is an exclusive convening of global pro bono service leaders who come together to share insights and develop strategies to further drive the pro bono movement. Participants from corporations, foundations, the public sphere, NGOs, and intermediaries will gather to discuss innovations and, together, explore the global potential of the pro bono movement.
Topics will include cross-sector partnerships and their impact on community challenges, the growing use of technology in the pro bono movement, the leadership development potential of pro bono for NGOs and corporations, and other innovations in the movement.
Transforming Fragile Societes – What Role for Economic Elites?
Collaboration with local partners, for example partners from the private sector, and civil society actors has become an undisputed part of comprehensive and effective international development cooperation. However, the question of how to deal with the old economic elites in the process of society transformation has not yet received necessary attention. On the one hand, post conflict changes in government often fail to affect the dominant role of a country’s business elites, which is considered necessary for the preservation of a functioning economy; on the other hand, old elites are often replaced with new corrupt ones. The issue of transitional justice is as complex as it is unresolved. The fundamental problems of corruption, lack of transparency, and entanglement of public and private interests often remain untouched.
Cities and communities in the United States and Germany are confronted with similar challenges. They play a pivotal role when it comes to finding solutions to global problems, such as, for example, climate change, digitization or migration. Additionally, cities serve as laboratories for social innovation and testing new approaches.
This is why the Transatlantic Core Group has created a bilateral working group called “Connected Cities.” Leaders from both countries aim to establish a transatlantic dialogue and to foster an exchange of best practices and ideas. Taking the sister cities of Hamburg and Chicago as a starting point, the Connected Cities team concentrates on mapping civic engagement in both cities digitally and on establishing a tandem project in order to match persons with similar interests, professions, and backgrounds.