The Bellagio Center Convening Program/

Reinventing Capitalism Convenings

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 Bellagio Center Convening Program.

The Bellagio Center Convening Program’s Reinventing Capitalism Convening Theme aims to unlock breakthrough solutions to alleviate the negative social impacts our economic systems has on low and middle-income countries and marginalized communities. Successful convenings will reimagine economic systems, improve development finance practices and innovate upon the basic tenets of our global economy and more, to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

Areas of interest:

  • Moral Leadership and Corporate Governance – How can leaders set new norms and standards through values-driven leadership and redefine what it means to conduct “good business”?  How can we go beyond ESG, CSR and impact investing to make systemic changes in how we measure the bottom line?
  • Income and Wealth Gap – How can we create new legal, economic, and business incentives to address the widening gap between the rich​​​​ and the poor?
  • Fundamental Concepts – How can we innovate and improve upon the conceptual and legal building blocks of capitalism, such as property rights or the rights of the corporation?
  • Democracy and Worker’s Rights – How can we prevent economic interests from overshadowing or eroding democratic ideals, the protection of natural capital, and workers’ rights?
  • The Care Economy – How can we create policies and systems which recognize and value the unpaid labor related to childcare, elder care, and domestic chores?
  • Global Economic Recovery – How can we reform development finance mechanisms, to provide more equitable financing terms to developing nations to allow the world to accelerate progress on global challenges such as climate change?

The Rockefeller Foundation is especially interested in supporting convening organizers who are based outside of the U.S., who are citizens of low and middle-income countries and/or who represent low and middle-income countries through their cultural backgrounds, the focus area of their work, and their worldviews.

Successful Convenings:

  • Demonstrate the potential to result in impact following the convening
  • Hinge on a clear, specific, and compelling purpose
  • Engage diverse stakeholders necessary for success during and after the convening
  • Are timely and centered during a moment that helps catalyze impact
  • More information on what makes successful convenings here

How We Support:

  • Convening design resources, to help maximize the experience and impact of your convening
  • Modest travel support for eligible participants
  • Ground transportation from Milan to the Bellagio Center
  • A dedicated convening lead on-site, as well as amenities such as lodging, food, AV etc.
  • More information on our support offerings  here

Check back in May 2024, or sign-up for our newsletter below to be notified of the next open call for 2025 Bellagio Center Convening applications.