This year’s International Fundraising Congress (IFC) kicks off next month (17-20 October 2017), with an opening plenary delivered by one of the most influential voices in activism globally, Jeremy Heimans. 


A campaigner since the age of eight, Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems. He also co-founded Australian political organisation Get Up and the global online political community


In the opening plenary, ‘Who’s got the power?’, Heimans will explore the concept of creating change with new and renewed power.


Speaking of the difference between old and new power, he says: “Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures. 


"New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.”


Other IFC highlights include:

Artificial Intelligence: Michael Hoffman, CEO of innovative US-based digital agency See3, looks at what AI is, why you should care about it, and how it will impact your daily work – sooner than you think.


Innovation Petri Dish: Gavin Coopey, director of More Strategic, and Kerren Morris, head of individual and community giving at Red Cross Australia, get real about creating a culture that drives innovation, share their experiences – warts and all – and prepare you for the journey to becoming a better innovation leader.


Improbrain – Move your body, Move your brain! Boost your creativity: Jan Uekermann, community manager of RaiseNow, will pump you up with 11 simple steps to break you out of your routine and re-energize your body, your mind … and your work.


Innovative Finance De-mystified: Dr. Maximilian Martin, founder of Impact Economy, and Liesbet Peeters, founding manager at D. Capital Partners in Belgium, will unravel the complex macro-level shifts, opportunities and challenges in mobilising development finance from new funding sources, such as private sector, impact investing and blended innovative finance.


View the IFC programme for more information about this year’s event.