Category: Dispatches | Europe

  • CROSS-BORDER DIPLOMACY | European Union’s parliament supports new resolution for foundation cross-border initiatives

    BRUSSELS |  Will European foundations ever be able to work across national borders? At this moment this is not possible. But a new resolution for European foundation statute is presently running through the European Parliament that may change that situation. If the resolution passes, European foundations will be able to engage in transnational initiatives from country to country (just as U.S. foundations are able to work from state to state). The problem right now is that efforts by European foundations are hampered by a European legal and operating environment that does not afford them the advantages of a single market. Many European initiatives are delayed or abandoned due to such barriers as high legal and administration costs, difficulties with the recognition of foreign legal personalities, and legal uncertainties over the recognition of the “public interest” nature of resident foundations’ cross-border work and public-benefit status. On July 2, 2013, members of the European Parliament have voted by a large majority to support a resolution for a European foundation statute, the implementation of which will make it easier for foundations to support cross-border initiatives on the continent. In a statement after the vote, Evelyn Regner, vice chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the …

  • CONFERENCE ON DIPLOMACY | Think tanks and thought leaders push for smart power road map at foreign policy conference, June 25

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: How many people does it take to replace a light bulb? Probably as many people as it will take to find innovative value in smart power. That means a whole lot of them: businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and faith-based, academic and community leaders, all of whom will convene around the development issues and try to screw the fixtures of diplomacy and development inside the empty socket of American global interests. On June 25 and 26 at Washington Hilton, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is organizing a Washington,D.C. conference that emphasizes what it calls “the latest innovations in global development and diplomacy.” There will be talking heads: Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, current and past combatant commanders, and top business leaders will examine the changing landscape of development assistance and discuss how a smart power approach to foreign policy is critical to national and economic security. And there will be exhibitors: Nonprofit companies and NGOs will put on display their success stories and public-private partnerships. Expect presentations on clean smoke-free cook stoves, backpacks that allow the transfer of clean water, nutritional supplements for children, and Peace Corps projects. Big Bird …

  • Collage of Rivka S. Katvan photographs in "Broadway Behind the Curtain" at Soho Photo Gallery in NYC | Photo by Randy Gener

    Slide show | Alan Cumming, Rivka S. Katvan, Tom Viola, Randy Gener talk fine-art photography and Broadway behind the curtain

    Please join Gallery 138 and Soho Photo Gallery on Wednesday Sept 12, 6-8 pm at Soho Photo Gallery,15 White Street, in NYC for: BROADWAY BEHIND THE CURTAIN Conversations on Photography and Broadway with Alan Cumming, Rivka S. Katvan & Tom Viola RSVP is required as space is limited. contact@gallery138.com, or 212 633 0324 ALAN CUMMING, Actor RIVKA KATVAN, Photographer TOM VIOLA, Author and Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS RANDY GENER, Editor, Writer, Moderator/Organizer Nominee for 2012 The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Award Help me win this media award. Please click “like” on my photo here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=131919673614181&set=a.131919633614185.23143.131554353650713&type=1&theater NEW YORK CITY |  Meet Alan Cumming, Tom Viola and Rivka Katvan on Wednesday, September 12 at Soho Photo Gallery (located at 15 White St. in NYC). Join us for a conversation about fine-art photography, Broadway theater and BC/EFA’s fundraising work for critically needed services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families nationwide. I will moderate the conversation. “Broadway Behind the Curtain” is a photography exhibition by Rivka Katvan. Her candid portraiture and fine art of Broadway luminaries are on display on two floors of SoHo Gallery in TriBeCa, where Katvan is a guest artist. The exhibition benefiting Broadway …