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Bellagio Bulletin: May 2023

Welcome to the current edition of the Bellagio Bulletin!

At The Rockefeller Foundation, our mission is to make opportunity universal and sustainable. Facing crises of climate, inequality, democracy, and health, humanity has never needed institutions more. This newsletter highlights efforts to build innovative institutions that are fit for purpose in today’s world – and the people leading those efforts. You will read about leading institutions with Bellagio origins, including the Self-Employed Women’s Association, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Impact Investing Network.

You’ll also learn about new ways of understanding the institutions of today and what can be done to make them more equitable, and the institutions we need for our future. Reuben Jonathan Miller, a MacArthur Fellow, discusses his groundbreaking research on global emancipation and its connection to incarceration and poverty. You’ll discover how Nils Gilman’s and Jonathan Blake’s forthcoming book was completed at Bellagio. The book explains the limitations of our current systems of governance in managing challenges that go beyond borders, like climate change and pandemics. You’ll also hear from Maria Ivanova, who describes a convening that mapped out the design for global environmental governance in the 21st century, while also creating critical connections between leaders in the community. In a similar vein of collaboration, you’ll read about how the governments of Ukraine and Estonia, whose representatives connected at a Bellagio convening, are working together to streamline government services in the digital era.

These are just a few of the stories you can look forward to in this newsletter.

Bellagio Announcements

  • Apply Now – Bellagio Convenings

    In the 60 years that the Bellagio Center has hosted convenings, the Center has played a fundamental role in helping build new fields of work, forge alliances, discover breakthroughs, and accelerate collective action towards the world’s most pressing development challenges. Our open call for applications to convene at the Bellagio Center in 2024 is open. Applications are due June 16th, 2023.
  • Bellagio Lookbook

    Get to know the 2022 class of leading thinkers, innovators, and systems builders who were in residence at Bellagio last year.

The People and Ideas of Bellagio

Bellagio Conversations

From the Archives

Bellagio Library

Bellagio Postcards

In the News

  • Bellagio Perspectives

    How do we build a world that is more racially and economically just? These advocates, academics, and campaigners share their Bellagio Perspectives on building a fairer future for all.
  • Jack Leslie appointed Senior Visiting Fellow at Duke Global Health Institute

    Following a Bellagio residency exploring pathways to restore public trust in health institutions, former Weber-Shandwick CEO Jack Leslie returned to the center to host a convening in collaboration with the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. He has since been appointed as a Senior Visiting Fellow at Duke University to continue advancing this work.
  • Claudia Schwalisz launches Democracy Next

    Following a convening by the Open Democracy Institute at Bellagio last summer, Claudia Schawalisz launched DemocracyNext, a research institute that aims to build new institutions through citizen participation, representation, and deliberation. The international nonprofit will create a just future by tapping into the collective wisdom of the everyday person.
  • Keys to Climate Action publication released by The Brookings Institution

    In the summer of 2022, the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Brookings Global Economy and Development Program invited authors from around the globe to the Bellagio Center to exchange ideas on a series of essays. In February, the group launched the resulting publication, “Keys to Climate Action: How developing countries could drive global success and local prosperity.”
  • Dave Chokshi publishes op-ed on universal health care

    Following a 2022 residency on population health, Dave A. Chokshi continues to be a leading voice on the public health challenges facing New York City and other urban centers across the United States.

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