The Center for Civic Reflection (CCR), a national leader in dialogue and reflection, is a programming partner of The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit. CCR uses readings, images and videos to engage people in deep, productive conversation about issues that impact their communities and work in the world—a practice called civic reflection.
CCR describes civic reflection as “any activity that engages people in thinking carefully about their civic choices and commitments.” Developed by Elizabeth Lynn (co-author of the essay, Four Traditions of Philanthropy; themes from the essay are woven into the exhibit), civic reflection has been selected as an integral practice of the exhibition’s programming to enhance participant experiences and learning and to help inspire conscious giving for social change.
With civic reflection experiences, curated content from The Soul of Philanthropy and the book Giving Back are central to program designs. Thought-provoking photography, short stories and other resonant objects from the exhibition are used to open discussion and stir questions about philanthropy and civic engagement. Civic reflection discussion helps people talk more comfortably about values, think more deeply about choices and respond more imaginatively to the needs of their communities.
Organizations that present and/or host The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit can offer civic reflection training to their staff, volunteers and students. Training participants can then serve as facilitators for local programming related to the exhibit. CCR has trained 7,000+ people to facilitate discussions in their organizations and communities, and led 20,000+ people in public, community and workplace dialogues.
Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited delves into why and how people give and what spurs generosity to compel us toward conscious giving for social change.
By touring the exhibition The Soul of Philanthropy and studying its photography, prose and poetry, participants will engage in:
Up to 25 participants (Concordia University students, faculty and staff; MRG Foundation staff and volunteers; general public
Following this facilitated experience, participants will be able to:
Start without a Start
My Giving Autobiography
Hand out – Co-Facilitators bios (Martin Luther quote)
Welcome and opening remarks
Hand-out – Course outline
Civic Reflection Discussion A: Reframing Philanthropy
A Bed for the Night
Hand-out - Dora’s hands and A Bed for the Night
Synopsis of the essay “Four Traditions of Philanthropy"
Hand-out – Printed essay and copy of Philanthropy groups/matrix
Civic Reflection Discussion
Truth Be Told
Civic Reflections Discussion – Readings from the Soul of Philanthropy stories
Hand-out – Copy of Truth Be Told and Soul of Philanthropy stories
What this means for you and your community
About Civic Reflection
Thank you for attending/dismissal