This year, for the first time, the 17th Transatlantic Forum took place simultaneously with the 2nd Global Pro Bono Summit, an initiative of BMW Foundation and Taproot Foundation. A deep partnership between both Foundations formed after in 2010 Taproot Foundation CEO Aaron Hurst participated in BMW Foundation's Transatlantic Forum. Aaron understood BMW Foundation’s mission to inspire executives and engage them to work for the common good. BMW Foundation CEO Markus Hipp saw Taproot and pro bono as a means to achieve that mission – and the Global Pro Bono Summit was born.The direct interaction between the Transatlantic Forum participants and the pro bono intermediaries from all over the world is designed to provide critical linkages between these diverse leaders, helping them to understand the needs of the other sector.
Conference Day 1
„People don’t buy what you do – they buy why you do it! From Saudi Arabia to South Korea, from the Netherlands to China, Pro bono intermediaries from around the globe gathered for the 2nd Global Pro Bono Summit in San Francisco to build partnerships and learn from each other what works in pro bono. During an inspiring round of workshops at Deloitte, a group of Asian intermediaries announced their intention to form an Asian pro bono coalition.
- The 17th Transatlantic Forum kicked-off with a reception at Adobe HQ and an opening speech by Michael Gough, VP of Experience Design.
At the end of the festivities, Ann Burroughs, Global Fellow and Taproot Los Angeles Executive Director noted, “Pro Bono is alive and well across the globe.”
Conference Day 2
...started with an expert panel featuring Aaron Hurst, Taproot Founder; Jonathan Copulsky, Principal of Deloitte Consulting; Meg Garlinghouse, Head of LinkedIn for Good; and John Cary, Curator of Autodesk Foundation.
- Expert Panel
- Meg shared with the audience that LinkedIn understands there are hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are willing to volunteer; the next step is getting those people to understand pro bono. As for a cultural divide regarding pro bono service, the gap is surely closing. Deloitte’s most recent Annual Impact Day involved 60% of its professionals worldwide, and according to a recent LinkedIn survey, India had the highest percentage of respondents equating volunteer experience with job experience. These facts, along with the presence of pro bono supporters from around the world, led Meg to respond to a question about building a global pro bono
- At the Forum, we talked with Meg and her German LinkedIn colleague Till about what drives LinkedIn to engage in pro bono services:
- Site Visits:
- In the afternoon, all Summit participants descended upon the city by foot to visit seven local nonprofits that are also pro bono champions. Groups visited Taproot service grant recipients Children’s Creativity Museum, CounterPULSE, Enterprise for High School Students, Goodwill, Hospitality House, Jewish Vocational Services, and Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. The nonprofits shared their pro bono experience and, to the surprise of the visitors, sought on-the-spot pro bono advice from the fellows and leaders.