Update from Stanford PACS Regarding COVID-19

March 21st, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well as we grapple with the spread of COVID-19 worldwide. This week a “shelter in place” mandate was put into effect in six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by a statewide directive, to...

New Report Charts Path Forward for Digital Civil Society

January 27th, 2020

Civil society organizations need targeted support and learning platforms to enable them to advocate effectively on the digital policy issues that shape modern societies. So finds a new report from Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, released today. The report offers a roadmap that meets organizations where they are and proposes...

Digital Civil Society Lab announces 2020 cohort of Non-Resident Fellows

January 14th, 2020

The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are pleased to announce a new joint cohort of Non-Resident Fellows. The cohort includes, for CCSRE: Elizabeth Adams, Renata Avila, Samir Doshi, and Hong Qu. For DCSL: Beatrice Martini, Mutale Nkonde, Julie Owono,...

Stanford PACS Advisory Board member Kathy Kwan awarded “Outstanding Philanthropist” for 2019 at the Silicon Valley National Philanthropy Day

December 18th, 2019

Since 2005, Kathy Kwan has granted more than $43million through the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Of this, 85% of the funding was directed towards Bay Area organizations and programs in education, job training, and safety net sectors. Kathy believes that skill-building, career planning, and leadership development improves employment opportunities. She is...

“Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2020” is now available!

December 17th, 2019

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2020 is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horizons where...

Stanford PACS Faculty Co-Director Robb Willer co-authors an op-ed for the New York Times

December 16th, 2019

In a recent NYTimes article, Robb Willer and Jan Voelkel explain why progressive candidates’ policies must be consistent with widely held values like family, security, and the American Dream in order to build support beyond their base in #Election2020.

Digital Impact: Reflections from Berlin

November 5th, 2019

Sometimes, as our colleagues from Tactical Tech Collective reminded us in Berlin, you need to practice the art of seeing sideways. Look directly at something long enough and it loses meaning. But look at the empty space around it, squint at adjacencies, or, in my case, hear new voices asking...

Digital Impact: Reflections from Brussels

November 5th, 2019

The European leg of the Digital Impact event series kicked off in Brussels on 13 June. Not surprisingly to those who follow EU policy, the emerging European digital policy landscape permeated the day’s discussions. We were fortunate to have participants and speakers from digital rights groups and corporate policy offices...

Digital Impact: Reflections from London

November 5th, 2019

Digital Impact London took place in the midst of a week that had everyone in Europe asking questions about the present and the future – including a deadly building fire, a terrorist attack against a mosque, and an electoral shakeup amidst planning for the UK’s changing role in Europe. Londoners...

Digital Impact: Reflections from Brisbane

November 5th, 2019

On July 29 More than 100 Australian social sector leaders spent a beautiful Saturday in Brisbane discussing the possibilities and responsibilities of digital civil society. Several themes dominated the day: the importance of the “people” part of digital data, the ways digital technologies can highlight and even amplify existing social...

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