#RFBreakthrough

Tune into #RFBreakthrough, a don't-miss livestream series highlighting urgent and innovative discussions with thought leaders and industry experts.

From the latest National Covid-19 Testing and Tracing Plan to groundbreaking learnings in artificial intelligence, nutrition, climate change, equity and last-mile electrification, our experts converge to solve pressing problems, improve lives and unleash human potential across the globe.

Sessions will be broadcasted live across The Rockefeller Foundation’s social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Previous Episodes

  • Episode 14:

    Back to School: Keeping Students Safe in the Time of Delta

    The Rockefeller Foundation has spent the last year supporting a number of evidence-based resources and studies to support the transition to in-person learning. On our August 18th #RFBreakthrough event, we’ll host a panel featuring our research partners at RAND Corporation to share the base of evidence that has supported school reopening for pilot cities across the U.S. and we’ll hear from representatives.
  • Episode 13:

    Overtime All the Time: What Working Women Need

    During the pandemic we saw that immigrant women were at the forefront of essential work for this country, yet they bared the brunt of financial burdens with little to no government assistance. Women are leaving the workforce in records numbers to care for loved ones, but they still need support to simply make it by. This dynamic panel of women help us assess how we can better support women in achieving a healthy work–life balance, equal pay, and equity both in and out of the “workforce”.
  • Episode 12:

    Data for Impact: Confronting Covid-19 and Future Pandemics

    Modeling and data-driven analytics have been invaluable tools in the global response to the Covid-19 crisis. However, deploying these analytical tools, and communicating insights, has been challenging in the best scenarios and nearly impossible in most others, especially in areas with scarce data. Join us for a conversation with our global network of engineers, scientists, and communicators on the frontlines of deploying analytics to save lives.
  • Episode 11:

    The Power to Break the Poverty Cycle

    Nearly 1 billion people are deprived of electricity and are classified as energy poor. Of the energy poor, three quarters are also multidimensionally poor. On this episode, our panelists will discuss the interlinkages between electricity deprivation and other indicators related to health, education and living standards and the critical role electrification can play in ending poverty globally.
  • EPISODE 10:

    Making Taxes Work for Workers

    A spirited conversation about how to reconsider the tax system, along with government revenue and budgeting, to transform communities in the U.S. in service of greater equity.
  • Episode 09:

    A Framework for Inclusive Capitalism

    America’s 160-million workers power the largest economy in the world, but the benefits fail to fairly reach all who contribute to it. Co-hosted by the Ford Foundation, this episode will feature the launch of the Coalition for Inclusive Capital’s "Framework for Inclusive Capitalism: A New Compact Among Business Government, and American Workers" and will discuss common-sense recommendations to rebuild an economy that won’t hold American workers back.
  • Episode 08:

    Raising Energy Ambitions: The Modern Energy Minimum

    Join Energy for Growth Hub and The Rockefeller Foundation for a conversation about “Raising Energy Ambitions: Exploring the Modern Energy Minimum” with some of the report’s authors. They’ll be discussing the research and data backed evidence supporting the new and more ambitious energy metric, and why it is vital to ending energy poverty.
  • Episode 07:

    Accessing the Safety Net in the United States: Lessons from Covid-19, Looking Toward the Future

    The social safety net is only effective if people can access it easily and when they need it. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, an estimated $65 billion in safety net benefits went unused by families each year that needed them in the United States.
  • Episode 06:

    A Way Forward: Reopening Schools

    This episode of #RFBreakthrough will be a practical discussion about what it will take to reopen schools. Our panel of experts will share how they are using Covid-19 testing protocols along with other measures outlined in our third National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan to safely reopen and stay open.
  • EPISODE 05

    Powering a Green and Equitable Recovery

    A third of all humanity lacks access to reliable power. This blunt reality drives immense social inequities. Access to power spells the difference, literally, between darkness and light. Reliable power opens the door to educational and economic opportunity. Join The Rockefeller Foundation and The MIT Energy Initiative for a conversation about the work of the Commission over the past year, and how its leaders are making the case for universal electricity access.
  • Episode 04

    Changing the Landscape Through Access to Capital

    Small businesses are struggling to recover from Covid-19, and Black-owned businesses are among the hardest hit. Further complicating the recovery for these businesses is the fact that they typically have the hardest time gaining access to capital. Literally, landscapes will be changed, and communities left struggling unless avenues and methods for increasing access to capital are embraced.
  • Episode 03

    The Great Equalizer or Divider: Technology for Gender Justice and Women’s Empowerment

    As the third episode in the #RFBreakthroughseries, The Rockefeller Foundation co-hosted a livestream discussion with Vital Voices (“The Great Equalizer or Divider: Technology for Gender Justice and Women’s Empowerment”), on how we can use technology as a means to an end to achieve gender equality during the pandemic and beyond.
  • Episode 02

    The Future of AI: Developing a Framework that Benefits All

    For the second episode in the #RFBreakthrough series, The Rockefeller Foundation hosted a live stream discussion on how we can use artificial intelligence as a force for good during the pandemic and beyond, while also exploring the need for a regulatory framework to ensure its responsible use.
  • Episode 01

    Covid-19: a Blueprint for Keeping the U.S. Economy Open

    For our inaugural episode, The Rockefeller Foundation hosted a live-stream discussion, Covid-19: a Blueprint for Keeping the U.S. Economy Open. The panelists discuss the updated national testing, tracing and safety regimen for the United States.

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  • Nourish People and Planet Advancing a more nourishing, regenerative and equitable food system.
  • End Energy Poverty We accelerate access to and consumption of reliable, renewable electricity in underserved, low-income communities worldwide, empowering hundreds of millions of people while building the climate-smart energy system of the future.
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